Thumbs up: How bus bays can help solve Edsa’s traffic and safety problems
Philippine Daily Inquirer / 03:19 AM August 04, 2013
Buses plying the Edsa route are notorious for picking up and dropping off passengers just about anywhere. Unfortunately, safety issues are commonly overlooked. Taxis are no better.
The SM public transport terminals at SM North Edsa, SM Megamall and SM Mall of Asia give buses, taxis and jeepneys proper spaces to park while waiting for passengers. Here, the buses are forced to organize themselves when loading and unloading passengers. Since they are in the vicinity of the mall, security and maintenance personnel are also available to help keep things in order.
Moreover, bus bays also help in speeding up the traffic in their respective locals. Those negotiating these roads, especially northbound drivers, may notice faster transit, compared to areas such as Cubao.
The Aquino government is pushing for more private-public partnerships as a solution to the country’s most pressing concerns such as road safety and traffic. These partnerships can look into bus bays as examples of how a modern public transport terminal should be.