The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) will strictly implement the 'nose in, nose out' policy for provincial buses starting Tuesday next week.
MMDA General Manager Thomas Orbos stated that the agency will focus on bus terminals located along the southern part of Metro Manila.
Of 16 bus companies plying EDSA, nine were found to have violated the 'nose in, nose out' policy -- Aranda Line, RMB Liner, Grand Transport, Diamond Star, Ma. Victoria Transport Inc., DLTB Co., Dimple Star, St. Jude Bus Lines and C. Bragais/Pamar Bus Co. whose terminals are situated near Tramo St. corner EDSA in Pasay City.
The MMDA chief said most of these firms lack the space to maneuver at their own terminals.
The policy requires buses to move in and out of the terminal in one simple maneuver and they are not allowed to load and unload outside their respective terminals.
"The challenge for us is to find a common terminal for these bus companies, which will enable us to successfully enforce the 'nose in, nose out' policy," Orbos said in an interview with reporters Friday.
He said he was elated that most of the bus companies have agreed to support the initiative by demolishing walls that serve as hindrances for adjacent bus terminals while others have agreed to rent terminals for their buses.
The MMDA is set to coordinate with the Land Transportation and Franchising Regulatory Board (LTFRB) and the Department of Transportation (DOTr) for its proposal for a common terminal for provincial buses.
Orbos reiterated that the 'nose in, nose out' policy for provincial buses and the expanded 'no window hours' policy for private vehicles have eased the traffic congestion in EDSA and other major thoroughfares in Metro Manila.
He earlier stated that the agency has decided to extend the implementation of the 'no window hour' policy until the end of the month.
The MMDA, upon consultation with the Inter-Agency Council on Traffic (I-ACT), intends to create a traffic scheme that will help reduce the use of private cars to improve the traffic situation in Metro Manila.
Source: Philippines News Agency