More vehicles are passing through EDSA, the main thoroughfare of Metro Manila, but the travel time has improved due to smoother traffic flow, according to the Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA).
The MMDA said in its latest traffic survey that 425,890 vehicles traversed EDSA on May 22, 2023. This is higher than the 405,822 vehicles recorded on June 8, 2019.
MMDA acting chairman Atty. Romando Artes attributed the improvement in travel time to the continuous implementation of traffic management schemes and infrastructure projects along EDSA.
He also said that the number of motorcycle accidents on Commonwealth Avenue in Quezon City has decreased after the strict enforcement of motorcycle lanes in the city.
The MMDA is tasked with overseeing the traffic situation and urban development in Metro Manila, which consists of 16 cities and one municipality.
On May 2, the agency pilot tested the use of the Single Ticketing System in seven LGUs, namely, San Juan, Muntinlupa, Quezon City, Valenzuela, Parañaque, Manila, and Caloocan. The new system was introduced to make it easier for violators to pay fines through the use of handheld devices that accept cashless payments.
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