EDITORIAL| Traffic woes

LAST Friday’s heavy traffic could go down as the longest-running traffic jam we have experienced in the city, at least to our knowledge. A passenger from Toril commuting to the city spent almost three hours on the road which would just have taken an hour maximum on a regular day.

Monday’s traffic was also unbearable but was saved from going further downhill when the city deployed 10 buses at 3pm to ease the congestion which was starting to build as the peak hours approached. Still, there were many people stranded way into the night, among them students who lived in suburbs. The buses ferried passengers to the north and south side with them paying the regular fare.

Early Tuesday, the Office of the President made an announcement that buses will be allocated at 6am up to 8am, with five buses stationed at the Toril District Hall and five others at the Gaisano Mall, Calinan, for passengers going to the downtown area. The passengers were not allowed to pay fare. This is said to continue until the DPWH will render the area where the landslide occurred passable to vehicles.

Although grumblings and finger pointing abound, some passengers have observed that riding a bus is better and more efficient than taking the jeepney. Others say, this could be a nice dry-run for when the ADB Transport Modernization becomes a reality.

What is important is that the movement of people will not be hampered by traffic similar to that experienced by Manila. A massive transport system is a necessity for the city to develop to its fullest potential. The usual mode of transportation has to be upgraded and this means giving way to buses and trains. We understand that such a move will affect hundreds of PUJ drivers who will be deprived of income, but sitting down and talking about livelihood options for them will be better in the long run.

If we are able to manage our traffic woes, then we can say we are on track to a more developed city.

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