MMDA to start trial of new EDSA rush-hour scheme

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Updated with latest MMDA statement issued August 14

Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, August 10) — The Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA) said Friday it will start a dry run of the single passenger vehicle ban on EDSA on August 15.

The latest attempt to decongest EDSA will prohibit vehicles that have no passengers except for the driver from using EDSA, which will be called high occupancy vehicle (HOV) on all its lanes, during rush hour.

This trial will run for one week.

The ban is from 7 to 10 in the morning and 6 to 9 in the evening on weekdays.

"Let us see for one week how the HOV scheme will work. We are calling on the participation of the public," said MMDA General Manager Jojo Garcia in a press statement.

There will be no apprehensions for any violation of the ban during the dry run, as the MMDA will implement its no contact apprehension policy (NCAP) to count the vehicles that would comply or violate the proposed scheme.

"As part of the information drive, we will just inform and warn motorists about the HOV scheme," Garcia said.

The MMDA expects this to cut EDSA traffic by 40 percent and greatly decrease travel time.

Based on the 2017 EDSA annual average daily traffic data, 367,738 vehicles traverse the road daily, 67 percent of which are private motor vehicles.