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Metro Mayors Reject MMDA’s Windows 2.0 Scheme

The scheme might have been too confusing for many

Concerned about the Metro Manila Development Authority’s potentially confusing Windows 2.0 coding scheme being implemented on March 15? Well, you can rest easy – apparently the scheme has already been rejected by the various Metro Manila mayors recently.

The MMDA’s Windows 2.0 scheme, if approved in its current form, will only allow odd and even-numbered vehicles on EDSA in 2-hour intervals, with a 3-hour grace period starting 11AM and ending on 1PM.

If your car has an even plate number, for example, you can only traverse EDSA from 7:00AM to 9:00AM, 3:00PM to 5:00PM and from 7:00PM till 9:00PM. The unpredictable nature of EDSA makes this traffic scheme less than ideal, which is the reason why the scheme caught the ire of people on social network sites like Facebook.

According to Tim Orbos, MMDA Chairman, the MMDA’s traffic projects are based on simulations that they run and the MMDA’s goal now is to reduce the number of vehicles plying EDSA.

“Right now we’re running 19 kilometers per hour on average, if we take out 45 to 50 of vehicles on the road, that will increase to 40 KPH which is equiavalent to Sunday traffic,” he said during an interview with CNN Philippines.


John Nieves

John is a veteran technology and gadget journalist with more than 10 years of experience both in print and online. When not writing about technology, he frequently gets lost in the boonies playing soldier.

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  1. Looking closely at the scheme, napapaboran ang ODD numbered vehicles sa umaga. Scheduled at 9:00-11:00am pero window hour na after 11:00am. Result: Odd numbered vehicles can traverse EDSA from 9:00am to 1:00pm. Even if you’re caught in traffic by 11:00am, libre ka na sa huli kasi window hour na at mas kampante ka kahit ka pa maipit sa trapik. Whereas ang even numbered naman, huli na after 9:00am kahit naipit ka lang sa trapik at hindi makalabas ng EDSA on time. One of the dumbest idea I had seen.

    Malamang hindi din naisip ng mga gumawa ng scheme that if this had been pushed thru, marami ang mag-rerequest (or bibili, kung ipagbibili ng LTO) ng mga plakang nagtatapos sa odd number. End result is same scenario or maybe worse.

    Buti na lang at ni-reject ng mga Mayors ito. Cheers to them…

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