Will the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority‘s (MMDA) new Odd-Even Scheme solve the horrendous traffic problem in Epifanio De Los Santos Avenue (EDSA)?
The MMDA Chairman Francis Tolentino announced that his office is currently proposing two versions of the odd-even scheme. Tolentino explained that the first version is to have the odd-even scheme from 7a.m. to 7 p.m., while the second version is to have it implemented in time for the rush hours from 7a.m. until 10 a.m. and from 5 p.m. until 7 p.m.. The MMDA Chairman added that the revival of odd-even scheme will be imposed on all vehicles along EDSA using EDSA.
The odd-even scheme restricts vehicles with plate numbers ending in odd digits 1, 3, 5, 7 and 9 from passing through EDSA on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, while vehicles with plate numbers ending with even digits such as 2, 4, 6, 8 and 0 are not allowed to pass through EDSA on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays. The odd-even scheme however will still need the approval of the 17-members of the Metro Manila Council.
The MMDA is planning to have an experimental run of the odd-even scheme from November 15, 2010 up to January 15, 2011. According to the MMDA, the implementation of the odd-even scheme will reduce the number of vehicles using EDSA by 50% and will increase the travel speed of motorists from an average of 30 kph to 51kph.
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