Despite all the solutions that the Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA) has tried to solve traffic woes in EDSA, the main artery of Metro Manila is still a clogged mess. Anybody who commutes or drives to work already know the more than 2 hour trudge that they face in the morning and evening as they go to work everyday.
But that’s not for the lack of trying, and the MMDA has announced a brand-new traffic scheme to try and control the crazy amounts of traffic that goes through EDSA everyday.
The new scheme, dubbed Windows 2.0, basically allots hours to odd and even-numbered plates to go through EDSA. According to the scheme, cars with even plate numbers can use EDSA from 7:00AM to 9:00AM, 1:00PM to 3:00PM and from 5:00PM to 7:00PM. Odd plate numbered cars are free to use EDSA from 9:00AM to 11:00AM, 3:00PM to 5:00PM and from 7:00PM till 9:00PM. There’s a 11:00AM to 1:00PM window time in which all vehicles can use EDSA freely. The new experimental scheme is only applicable to private vehicles.
The new traffic scheme is aimed to supplement the already stringent odd-even program that’s already in place. The MMDA hopes to reduce the number of vehicular traffic on EDSA with the new experiemental scheme, and will use non-contact apprehension for people who violate Windows 2.0.
The MMDA will conduct a trial run of the scheme starting March 15 to June 15, 2017. It will be enforced from Magallanes in Makati all the way to North Avenue in QC.
EDIT: The new scheme has already been rejected by Metro Manila mayors. You can check the full details here.