Only four bus stops along EDSA for now, says MMDA

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, May 30) — Some buses are allowed to ply EDSA starting Monday, but they can only pick up and drop off passengers at four points, as authorities have yet to clear the designated loading and unloading areas.

"Apat lang po ang magiging drop-off at pick-up points natin on general community quarantine: North Avenue, Quezon Avenue, Ayala Avenue, at Taft Avenue," Metropolitan Manila Development Authority Spokesperson Celine Pialago told CNN Philippines.

[Translation: There will only be four drop-off and pick-up points under general community quarantine: North Avenue, Quezon Avenue, Ayala Avenue, and Taft Avenue.]

From June 1 to 21, rails and trains will resume partial operations in Metro Manila with bus augmentation as the capital region shifts to general community quarantine. Shuttles of private companies and point-to-point buses can also hit the road.

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Pialago, however, said more work needs to be done on the designated bus stops along EDSA.

"Number 1, kailangan po malinis muna ito, yung mga debris po dahil giniba po yung center island para magsilbing loading and unloading areas ng mga P2P buses, shuttle buses at ng mga buses po for MRT augmentation," Pialago said, adding that concrete barriers also have to be placed.

[Translation: Number 1, we need to clear first the debris because we demolished the center island to serve as loading and unloading areas of P2P buses, shuttle buses, and buses for MRT augmentation.]

"So with that... hindi muna gagamitin yung mga bus stops sa gitna ng EDSA (the bus stops at the center of EDSA will not be used yet)," she said.

She explained that buses will be allowed to stop at North Avenue and at the next MRT station, which is Quezon Avenue.

"Magmula po Quezon Avenue, hanggang Ayala Avenue, dire-diretso na 'yan bawal na pong magbaba diyan, wala pong bus stops diyan (From Quezon Avenue to Ayala Avenue, buses can't unload passengers anymore, there are no bus stops there)," she stressed. There are eight stations between Quezon Avenue in Quezon City and Ayala Avenue in Makati.

From Ayala Avenue, the buses will return to the yellow lane to unload or pick up passengers, Pialago added.

More vehicles are expected in Metro Manila on Monday since more people will return to work. The number coding scheme remains lifted until June 5.