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MRT: Problems All Around

So far the Metro Rail Transit has 3 or more incidents in the span of 2 months, although only one resulting in injuries.

This goes to say that things should be changed. Here are a few things we think should be changed in the Metro Rail Transit operations.

  1. Train upgrades – This is the first and foremost thing to do. Defective trains, old trains and misused trains. Whatever the problem is should be addressed quickly. This is to prevent any more mishaps in the future.
  2. Maintenance – Cause and effect is a universal law. If the trains are maintained it tends to work well.
  3. Alleviate traffic problems in the Metro – A central problem of the Metro Rail Transit is the carrying of passengers more than the allowed capacity of the trains. If the traffic problem is resolved, passengers will be more than willing to take alternative transportation.

Traffic Solutions in Metro Manila

There will be year long projects starting today until the year 2016. It will almost always be traffic everywhere for the next two years. What do you think the government should do? What do you think individuals should do to lessen the congestion of metro manila? Here are a few solutions from around the net we’ve scraped up.

  1. Daytime Truck ban in the Metro – This will initially be beneficial, however, it will be problematic for small and medium enterprises if there are delays in deliveries.
  2. Increase Tax on automobiles to lessen buying of new cars. – This will be an effective solution the decreasing the number of new cars being bought everyday. There will be less cars in the future.
  3. Ban very old cars in the Metro – This will hurt many people especially those that cannot afford new cars. This will also hurt car enthusiasts.
  4. Higher Road Taxes – Higher Road Taxes will mean less people wanting to drive their own car because of the higher taxes to be paid.
  5. Enforce the law by lessening street vendors occupying the sidewalk – Some people may say that street vendors are occupying the sidewalk, forcing pedestrians to walk on the road. Enforcing this law will in effect widen the drivable road.
  6. Enforce jaywalking laws – In connection with the last  one, this will lessen people on the roads.
  7. No Green Plate Day on EDSA – No private vehicles on EDSA on certain times.

There’ve so many solutions that have been ineffective in taming the traffic jam in the Metro. I hope in the future, that we develop a long term solution to the problem.

Traffic, Traffic Everywhere

Today, February 17, 2014, is said to start the Traffic Armageddon in Manila. This is due to the fact that there will be two major government infrastructure projects to start today.

The two projects are:

  • Building the 14.8 kilometer Metro Manila Skyway 3 project
  • Connecting Ninoy Aquino International Airport Express Phase 2 to the Entertainment City

There will also be smaller projects within the metro like connecting the LRT 1 and MRT in Quezon City, Underpasses in Makati Avenue and Gil Puyat.

The traffic will unfortunately be unresolved until after the elections in June 2016.

Daytime Truck Ban to be Implemented

truck

Under the new ordinance, eight-wheeler trucks with a gross weight of above 4,500 kilograms will be banned from 5 a.m. to 9 p.m on weekdays.

However, this is met by Rodolfo de Ocampo, chairman of the Confederation of Truckers Association of the Philippines and Port Users Confederation president, saying that the ban would be problematic for small and medium enterprises.

Trucks for food deliveries will be exempted, however from the metro-wide ban.

Violating the new rules would immediately cost Php 5000.00 in addition to the truck being impounded.

E-Jeepneys to Roam Quezon City

quezon_city_e-jeeep

Quezon City will have the COMET or the City Optimized Managed Electric Transport) which are electric jeepneys that will soon replace the jeepneys.

The COMET will be using a cashless system which will make use of credit-loaded cards.

LTFRB Revokes Don Mariano Transit’s franchise

The Land Transportation Franchise and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) has revoked the franchise of Don Mariano Transit. The bus line was in a vehicular accident where in one Don Mariano Bus fell of the Skyway.

Don Mariano Bus

Don Mariano Bus

The LTFRB first suspended the Don Mariano franchise for 30 days. The LTFRB has also cited multiple violations of the said bus line.

The MMDA’s New Traffic Control Center

Traffic Control Center

Traffic Control Center

The Metro Manila Development Authority inaugurates its new traffic control center within their Metrobase Building along EDSA.

The new traffic control center has a state of the art, Traffic Signalization System that aims to improve pedestrian and traffic safety. The TSS will be able to manage 85 priority intersections and 25 traffic control and surveillance  locations within Metro Manila.

We believe this is good news. Traffic and safety have been major concerns in the Metro over the past few weeks.

Be Ready for the All New Toyota Corolla 2014

AP/Toyota

AP/Toyota

The Toyota Corolla, marked as the 5th best selling car in the US and the best selling car in the Philippines has released its 2014 model.

The New Toyota Corolla sports a roomier and larger sedan. It is said to drink less gasoline than its predecessors.

LRT Operations Normal During the Holidays

800px-Philippine_Railways_MRT_North_Avenue_StationThe operations of LRTA(Light Rail Transit Authority) will be normal during Christmas and New Year.

LRTA Spokesperson Hernando Cabrera says that the first trip will still be at 5am in the morning. The last trip will be 9:30pm for LRT-1 and 10:00pm for LRT-2.

LRT-1 runs from Baclaran, Paranaque to Roosevelt in Quezon City and the LRT-2 runs from Santolan, Pasig City to Recto, Manila.

Update:

The LRT and MRT will now have a change in operations during the holidays:

LRT holiday schedule:

December 24, 2013
LAST TRIP
LRT-1 Baclaran Station – 8:00 p.m.
Roosevelt Station – 8:00 p.m.
LRT-2 Santolan – 8:00 p.m.
Recto Station – 8:30 p.m.

December 31, 2013
LAST TRIP
LRT-1 Baclaran Station – 7:00 p.m.
Roosevelt Station – 7:00 p.m.
LRT-2 Santolan Station – 7:00 p.m.
Recto Station – 7:30 p.m.

MRT Holiday schedule

For December 24
FIRST TRIP: North Avenue and Taft Avenue Stations – 5:30 a.m.
LAST TRIP: North Avenue Station – 8:30 p.m.
Taft Avenue Station – 9:00 p.m.

For December 31
FIRST TRIP: North Avenue and Taft Avenue Stations – 5:30 a.m.
LAST TRIP: North Avenue Station – 8:30 p.m.
Taft Avenue Station – 9:00 p.m.

December 30
FIRST TRIP: North Avenue and Taft Avenue Stations – 5:30 a.m.
LAST TRIP: North Avenue Station – 10:00 p.m.
Taft Avenue Station – 10:30 p.m.

December 25
FIRST TRIP: North Avenue and Taft Avenue Stations – 7:00 a.m.
LAST TRIP: North Avenue Station – 10:00 p.m.
Taft Avenue Station – 10:30 p.m.

January 1
FIRST TRIP: North Avenue and Taft Avenue Stations – 7:00 a.m.
LAST TRIP: North Avenue Station – 10:00 p.m.
Taft Avenue Station – 10:30 p.m.

Bill to set Speed Limits on Major roads

Skyway_SLEX_PNR

Skyway SLEX

Rep. Enrique Cojuangco of the 1st district of Tarlac has proposed a bill seeking to set speed limits to minimize fatal vehicular accidents just like the fateful Don Mariano Accident.

“The bill seeks to update the present rules and regulations on road safety and traffic management by including freeways or the controlled access highways in the classifications of roads and set a uniform speed,” Cojuangco said.

The bill will cover all major expressways especially the North Luzon Expressway, South Luzon Expressway, Metro Manila Skyway, Subic Clark Tarlac Expressway, Southern Tagalog Arterial Road, Bataan Provincial Expressway and the Manila Cavite Expressway.

Here are some of the prescribed speeds in the bill:

  1. On open country roads with no blind corners and not closely bordered by habitation is 80 kilometers per hour for cars and motorcycles and 50 kilometers per hour for buses and trucks.
  2. On boulevards, clear of traffic with no blind corners, the speed limit for cars and motorcycles is 40 kilometers per hour and 30 kilometer per hour for trucks and buses.
  3. On city and municipal roads with light traffic, the speed limit for cars and motorcycles is 20 kilometers per hour and 30 kilometers per hour for trucks and buses.
  4. On crowded streets, approaching intersections at blind corners, passing school zones, the speed limit is 20 kilometers per hour for cars and motorcycles and 20 kilometers per hour for trucks and buses.