MMDA eyes 50-kph speed limit for EDSA, other major roads

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, December 7) — The Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA) is eyeing a 50-kilometer per hour (kph) speed limit along the Epifanio De los Santos Avenue (EDSA) and other major roads to prevent accidents.

The proposal to reduce the EDSA speed limit was discussed during the recent meeting of the Metro Manila Council," MMDA Chairman Danilo Lim said Thursday.

"Napag-usapan sa MMC the last time na mag-impose ng speed limit na 50 for safety, to avoid accidents," Lim said referring to the Metro Manila Council, which includes the 17 Metro Manila mayors, the head of the vice mayors' league, and transport officials.

[Translation: We discussed imposing a 50 kph speed limit with the MMC. This is to prevent accidents.]

The speed limit at present for the 23.8-kilometer EDSA is 60 kph.

A 50-kph speed limit will be good for buses since they are more prone to crashes, Lim said.

This is because traffic flow is faster on the yellow lane, which the MMDA has designated for public utility vehicles like buses.

"Kung mabilis na nga yung yellow lane gaya ng nangyayari ngayon na nag-improve yung travel time ng mga buses, wag naman yung sobrang bilis para di tayo magka-aksidente," Lim said.

[Translation: If it's faster on the yellow lane since the travel time of buses has improved, it shouldn't be too fast so we won't have any accidents.]

In a bid to ease the metropolis's daily gridlock ahead of the holiday season, traffic authorities on November 20 began strictly enforcing the use of the yellow lane by public utility vehicles only. Since this enforcement, authorities and motorists have said that travel time has improved.

READ: MMDA to strictly implement use of PUV, motorcycle lanes on EDSA

Other major roads such Commonwealth Avenue in Quezon City, C-5 which runs from Paranaque to Marikina City, and Roxas Boulevard which traverses Manila to Pasay City, may also be subjected to the 50-kph speed limit.

"50 kph ata lahat. Ang private naman di tatakbo ng 50 yan," Garcia said.

[Translation: I think it's 50kph for everything. Private vehicles won't run more than 50.]

The Metro Manila Council may come up with a final resolution on the speed limit soon, Garcia added.

The MMDA will discipline drivers who are caught going over 50 kph.

"Maraming gagawa ng paraan para makalusot. Ang target natin dito hindi 'yung makalusot sila. I-disiplina muna natin," he added.

Earlier, the MMDA also announced a dry run for an express carpool lane on the highway starting December 11.

READ: MMDA to implement EDSA carpool lane starting Dec. 11