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MMDA opens EDSA -Buendia footbridge 

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The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority unveiled a footbridge at EDSA Buendia Southbound to provide pedestrians safe access to and from the new loading/unloading bay for the bus carousel in the area.

During its inauguration, MMDA Chairman Benhur Abalos said that the footbridge would help ease traffic in the area as well as making the EDSA busway travel more seamless and safer for commuters.

“Buendia is one of the busiest intersections in terms of pedestrian traffic and having this overpass for them to use will make their trips easy, secured, and safe” he said.

This pedestrian footbridge will be connected to the existing MRT pedestrian overpass crossing EDSA Southbound which will serve those who are going to Makati Central Business District and vice versa, as well as commuters coming from Bonifacio Global City. It can be accessed from Makati Avenue or the southbound exit of the MRT Buendia Station.

It is the 125th footbridge that the MMDA has built all over Metro Manila which serves a total of approximately 3 million pedestrians daily.

Construction of footbridges in Tramo, Taft, and Roxas Boulevard for the EDSA Bus Carousel is already underway.

Assistant Secretary Eymard Eje, OIC General Manager of the MRT-3, expressed his support and gratitude for the MMDA on the inauguration of the said footbridge.

“The Buendia footbridge would give comfort and safety to the EDSA Bus Carousel passengers,” he said.

Meanwhile, Abalos said the agency is studying the possible reimposition of the number coding scheme as he notes that the traffic speed has become slower as the quarantine restriction eases compared to the recorded speed when enhanced community quarantine was implemented.

“Travel speed along EDSA from Roxas Boulevard going to Monumento is slower at 19 kilometers per hour (kph) now that we are under alert level 2 compared to 23kph during the ECQ. If we recorded the pre-pandemic speed of 11kph, it is possible that we shall re-implement the number coding scheme but we are monitoring the traffic volume count and the speed everyday,” Abalos explained.

The new loading and unloading bays at the center island of EDSA Buendia is part of the EDSA Bus Carousel project aimed to decongest traffic. These bus lanes help in increasing travel speed and enabling faster turnaround time.

Also in attendance during the inauguration was Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board Chairman Martin Delgra, Department of Transportation (DOTr) Assistant Secretary for Road Transport and Infrastructure Mark Steven Pastor, and Transport Assistant Secretary for Special Concerns and I-ACT Chief Manuel Gonzales.


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