February 25, 2018, 6:07 am
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Under escort, P2P buses reach destination 20 minutes faster

THE Metropolitan Manila Development Authority yesterday said travel time of the point-to-point (P2P) buses on EDSA has been reduced by 20 minutes due to the strict implementation of the yellow lane policy – and because the buses were escorted by enforcers of the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board. 

Jojo Garcia, MMDA assistant general manager, said MMDA buses and five P2P buses were dispatched from 6 a.m. to 9 a.m. on the southbound lane of EDSA from North Ave. to Ortigas to Ayala Ave. and from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. on the northbound lane of EDSA from Taft Ave. to North Ave. Ten more buses were dispatched from Ayala Ave. to North Ave.  

Without escorts, the buses usually reach their destinations in one hour and 20 minutes.

The MMDA started deploying buses last week after the Department of Transportation took over the maintenance of the Metro Rail Transit Line 3. 

The DOTr said it has limited the number of running trains to 15 instead of 20 since it needs to repair the other damaged trains.

The yellow lane policy   mandates public utility vehicles like buses, jeepneys, and utility vans to use only the rightmost side of the road. 

He urged commuters who usually take the MRT to take the buses instead of enduring the long queues for the trains.

Garcia said city buses that will load and unload passengers should stay on the rightmost lane instead of picking up and dropping off passengers on the second lane dedicated for provincial and P2P buses.

“If these buses are already in the loading and unloading zones, they should not cut into the lane of other motorists,” he said. 

Garcia also said traffic enforcers apprehended 70 private motorists who entered the yellow lane and 37 bus drivers who went out of the yellow lane. He said the MMDA’s Metrobase also led to the apprehension of 364 private motorists and 140 bus drivers who violated the agency’s yellow lane policy.

He said private motorists can only enter the yellow lane 100 meters before they exit or turn to the right side of the road. Violators will be fined P700.
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