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EDSA Busway begins interim operations




BUS stops from Monumento to the Parañaque Integrated Terminal Exchange are covered by interim EDSA Busway operations. (Photo: DOTR)

The interim operations of the EDSA Busway to complement the MRT-3 line and its bus augmentation program start Wednesday, 1 July 2020,

Bus stops from Monumento to the Parañaque Integrated Terminal Exchange (PITX) are covered, according to the Department of Transportation, Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board and the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority.

Buses from Monumento to Quezon Avenue will be using the following bus stops located on the curbside for the meantime to pick-up and/or unload passengers:

Bagong Barrio
LRT Balintawak
Kaingin Road
LRT Muñoz Station
MRT North Avenue Station (Southbound-Loading only, Northbound-Unloading Only)
MRT Quezon Avenue Station (Southbound-Loading only, Northbound-Unloading Only)

Meanwhile, retaining the existing set up, buses will shift using the median lanes with the partial operability of the busway section from Quezon Avenue, Quezon City to Estrella in Makati.

Then, upon exiting Estrella, buses will be allowed to pick-up and/or unload passengers at the following curbside stops from Buendia to the PITX:

Ayala (southbound unloading only, northbound loading and unloading)
Taft Avenue (southbound unloading only, northbound loading only)
Roxas Boulevard
Macapagal Avenue
SM Mall of Asia

A total of 550 bus units were authorized to service the EDSA Busway. Bus operators committed to initially deploy 150 bus units starting today. This is in addition to the buses deployed under the MRT-3 Bus Augmentation Program. No fare increase shall be implemented.

Buses will be using these curbside stops until the needed bus stops (including lighting, fences and canopies) are completed, and when the concrete barriers are placed on EDSA’s median lanes.

The DOTr has procured 36,000 concrete barriers for use in the EDSA Busway. Partial delivery of the barriers will start 2 to 7 July 2020, and are expected to be completed by August or September this year.

To better assist commuters, the LTFRB will also be implementing a mini loop from Timog Avenue to Santolan, starting Thursday, 2 July.

The Timog to Santolan mini loop will be serviced by shuttles or mini buses, and shall be allowed to pick up and drop off passengers at designated curbside stops.

The EDSA Busway aims to significantly cut travel time from Monumento to PITX from the usual two to three hours because of traffic, to just 45 minutes to an hour.

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