Govt’s proposed solution to EDSA traffic: Ban cars with less than 3 passengers

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Sea of red lights. To decongest EDSA traffic, Public Works Sec. Rogelio Singson said the government is considering a "carpooling" scheme.

Metro Manila (CNN Philippines) – The public works chief on Tuesday (September 8) said during the Senate budget hearing that carpooling may be one of the solutions to decongest heavy traffic along Epifanio De los Santos Avenue (EDSA).

According to Singson, if the proposal would be seriously considered, vehicles with less than three passengers would be banned from using EDSA during rush hours.

“What we propose which is being seriously considered, gawin during peak hours 7 to10 in morning at 5 to 8 in the evening na sana 3 passengers or more ang pwede lang gumamit niyan,” Singson said.

Singson added that cars with less than three passengers will have to be rerouted.

“Other recommendations na kung pwede government offices mag-umpisa ng 7 a.m. hanggang 4 p.m. Tapos yung private sector magsimula from 9 [a.m.] to 6 [p.m.]. These are all put on the table,” Singson said.

The two other suggestions the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) proposed are the use of the Manila Metro Rail Transit system (MRT), and implementation of a bus rapid transport scheme.

Singson also proposed to enforce two bus lanes, reserve the third lane for motorcycles, and the remaining three lanes to be used for private vehicles.

CNN Philippines' Anna Estanislao contributed to this report.