Greenhills traffic scheme ‘confusing’

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The Inter-Agency Council for Traffic (IACT) sought the support and help of different stakeholders to ease heavy traffic along Ortigas Avenue in Greenhills, San Juan.

IACT made the call two weeks after the traffic flow mitigation measures it started implementing in the area last month drew flak.

The council met with the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority and traffic management teams of San Juan, Mandaluyong, Pasig, Quezon City and Manila to assess measures implemented in the La Salle Greenhills (LSGH) area last month.

According to representatives of LSGH, the new traffic policies caused confusion among motorists and school personnel on the use of the road lanes.

Some vehicles were also ticketed at the U-turn slot in front of Shell Ortigas Avenue which can now only be used only from 2 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

The council resolved to remove and relocate waiting shed after the LSGH Gate 6. The waiting shed will serve as loading and unloading bay.

A center fence will also be installed in the new shed. Meanwhile, the terminal on Annapolis Street will just serve as a pick-up and drop-off points and jeepneys are not allowed to wait.

Also, LSGH school buses which are on their second trip will no longer fall in line.

The Land Transportation Office will man the area within a week.

To fully decongest the avenue, IACT asked the LGU and the Confederation of Truckers Association of the Philippines (CTAP) and Philippine Retailers Association (PRA) to adjust the truck ban schedule from 5-10 a.m. and 6-10 p.m. to 10 p.m. to 6 a.m.

“We suggest adjustments of truck ban schedule and mall hours to lessen the volume of vehicles entering the Ortigas area,” IACT overall head Tim Orbos said.

“But before that, we are requesting the stakeholders to submit their data-driven position papers. This will help us foresee the economic impact in case night commerce will be implemented,” he added.

Both the LGU and the CTAP are open to the suggested adjustments while the PRA will pass a position paper to IACT regarding its impact on the retail industry.

Orbos, for his part, is hopeful that these changes can bring positive outcomes not only on traffic but also on businesses.
Pat Santos

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