6 bus stops along EDSA to be operational this week — MMDA

GRIG C. MONTEGRANDE

Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA) General Manager Jojo Garcia said Saturday that at least six bus stops along EDSA would be operational.

The MMDA put identified drop off and pick up points in North Avenue, Quezon Avenue, Main Avenue, Santolan, Ortigas, and Guadalupe.

Placed in the middle portion of the major thoroughfare, the bus stops are linked to stairs leading to the MRT stations, which means that passengers must enter train stations to get to the bus stops.

“Iyon muna, kasi nandun yung dedicated lane natin, yung bus lane,” Garcia added.

Garcia also mentioned that a footbridge would be put along Main Avenue, which commuters could use to go to the bus stations.

For more than two months since the Luzon-wide lockdown, as well as the imposition of quarantine restrictions in other parts of Visayas and Mindanao, mass transportation had been suspended.

Since June 1, during the first phase of the reopening of mass transport in Metro Manila, only trains, augmentation buses, taxis, Transport Network Vehicle Service (TNVS) like Grab, shuttle services, point-to-point (P2P) buses, and bicycles have been allowed to return to roads to ferry passengers.

On June 22, modern jeepneys were allowed to resume operations while UV Express units are expected to ply the roads today (June 29).

The operations of provincial buses remain suspended, as well as the traditional public jeepneys. The restrictions resulted in crushing hardship and hunger for the drivers, some of whom have started begging on the streets and asking for alms from passing motorists.

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