Brace for 'carmageddon' on December 21 – MMDA

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EDSA may be the top of mind highway for heavy traffic, but other streets in Metro Manila can be just as bad.

Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, December 19) — Motorists and commuters should prepare themselves for the expected 'carmageddon' or hair-pulling traffic jam on December 21, Friday.

The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) on Wednesday said heavy traffic is expected on Friday because a lot of people will be leaving Metro Manila to head to their respective provinces for the holiday season.

MMDA said traffic will be worse than usual, with the flow of traffic expected to only be at 14 kilometers/hour from the usual 19kph. This means a 20-minute trip may stretch to 45 minutes or more.

The expected choke points are EDSA, Balintawak, Cubao, Ortigas, Ayala, and Buendia.

MMDA also announced that number coding for private vehicles will be suspended from December 24 to January 2, 2019, while coding for provincial buses will be suspended from December 21 to January 2.


CNN Philippines correspondent Carolyn Bonquin contributed to this report.