MANILA - Provincial buses will be banned from loading and unloading passengers on EDSA starting April 22, with travelers who spent the Holy Week in provinces expected to return to the metropolis, the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority said Wednesday.
The franchise of provincial buses is "terminal-to-terminal", which bars them from stopping in EDSA and other major roads, but this had not been implemented "for the longest period of time," said MMDA Command Center head Bong Nebrija.
"Hindi na po namin iyan ito-tolerate," he told radio DZMM.
"Now we're strictly implementing iyung mga rules and regulations sa EDSA para mapaluwag natin iyung trapiko," he added.
(We will no longer tolerate that... We're strictly implementing rules and regulations on EDSA to ease traffic.)
Provincial buses may unload passengers in terminals in Cubao, Quezon City and Pasay, said the official.
The Southern Luzon Bus Operators Association has written to Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade asking for a clarification on the routes covered by the traffic scheme, said the group's executive director Homer Mercado.
Among those who will be affected by the EDSA bus ban, he said, are commuters who travel everyday to and from their homes in the province and their offices, with majority working in Makati.
A passenger group has lodged a petition against the ban, Mercado said.