'Modified odd-even' on EDSA eyed

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines) - The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) is awaiting the go-signal of mayors on a proposed modified odd-even scheme on EDSA.

Acting MMDA Chairman Tim Orbos said the proposal may cut vehicle volume on EDSA by half and correspondingly improve travel speed.

"What we want to do now is make it faster. The current average speed is now 19 kilometers per hour, we want to double it to 40 kilometers per hour," Orbos said in a phone interview Wednesday.

However, the Metro Manila Council (MMC) — which comprises all mayors — has asked Orbos to defer its implementation until three conditions are met.

"There should be adequate alternative lanes, there should be strict enforcement, and there should be adequate time for people to be informed and consultation with stakeholders and other transport groups," Orbos said.

The modified odd-even number coding scheme on EDSA will complement current restrictions in circumferential and radial roads in the metropolis.

Called "Windows Two," it will cover the stretch from North Avenue in Quezon City to Magallanes in Makati City.

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Private cars will be banned in three, two-hour intervals per day from Monday to Friday, in addition to complying with the existing number coding.

The two-hour interval is based on their study that the total run for the entire length of EDSA is at 1 hour and 20 minutes.

Cars with license plates ending in odd digits (1, 3, 5, 7, and 9) would not be allowed to pass through EDSA from 7 a.m to 9 a.m., 1 p.m. to 3 p.m., and 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.

For cars with license plates ending in even digits, the highway would not be accessible from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m., 3 p.m. to 5 p.m., and 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.

The MMC will again meet with Orbos in April to further discuss the proposal.