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Mar 15, 2017
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The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) is now searching for new ways to curb the heavy traffic that motorists are experiencing along EDSA and Metro Manila.

According to MMDA general manager Tim Orbos, one proposal they are looking at is charging motorists who drive private vehicles along EDSA with a toll fee, the Inquirer reports.

“I think this is something we have to look at. I’m not saying we will already do it but we have to study it,” he said.

Orbos explained that this proposal was already being carefully studied by the MMDA along with the Singaporean government which has successfully been implementing a similar practice for over four decades.

“This is a government to government project. Let’s say we lack public transport but are we going to wait? This is why we have schemes whether congestion pricing, odd-even or number coding prioritizing public transport,” he said.

If the proposal is implemented, Orbos said they will charge motorists electronically through cameras set up on gantries, a lot like how the e-pass scheme works on expressways.

One of the problems though is identifying where to place the gantries since EDSA has so many access points compared to a regular expressway.

Orbos’ statement comes after the MMDA announced last week that they weren’t pushing through with the modified odd-even scheme since the Metro mayors agreed to defer its implementation.

 

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