By Jel Santos
Commuters were reminded by the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) to only wait for buses at four designated bus stops on on EDSA on Monday (June 1).
Assistant Secretary Celine Pialago, MMDA spokesperson, said there are only four bus stops where buses are permitted to load and unload.
“[They are] not allowed to load and unload between Quezon Avenue and Ayala Avenue. We have four designated bus stops,” she said.
According to her, buses are only allowed to load and unload at the designated stops at North Avenue, Quezon Avenue, Ayala Avenue, and Taft Avenue.
“So, if you are going to somewhere between Quezon Avenue and Ayala Avenue, buses will not unload there because they will be traveling in the inner most lane where there are already barricades,” she said.
“You are advised to either take the MRT if your destination is in between Quezon Avenue and Ayala Avenue,” the spokesperson added.
The supposed new bus lanes for the general community quarantine (GCQ) along EDSA are not yet finished. This is why the bus stops are still located along yellow lanes.
Pialago explained that they are still preparing the route for buses, and that the installation of barriers and the bus stops are not yet done, nor the installation scaffolding tents for commuters.
She also said the debris left from the center islands must be cleared away first.
Many commuters are expected to flock to designated bus stops as most of the workforce are expected to return to work as the National Capital Region (NCR) transitions to GCQ on June 1.
A P33 million budget was recently provided by the Department of Transportation to the agency. Pialago said MMDA will use the budget for the construction of bus stops and pedestrian overpasses along EDSA.