Bayan Muna warns admin on provincial bus ban: ‘Expect commuters’ wrath’
Authorities should expect commuters’ wrath to come swift.
That was the warning of Bayan Muna party-list Rep. Ferdinand Gaite following the decision of the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) to push through with the dry run of its controversial ban on provincial buses along Edsa.
The dry run is set to proceed on August 7 as the Supreme Court failed to act on several petitions for a Temporary Restraining Order that could have halted the new policy.
“Talagang pahihirapan nitong bus ban ang napakaraming commuter na kalakhan ay mga manggagawa. Gipit na nga sa pagkakasya ng maliit nilang sahod, papatong pa sa kanilang gastusin ang karagdagang byaheng ire-resulta nitong bus ban,” Gaite said.
“Kung may bibilis man dito, hindi yun ang byahe kundi ang pagragasa ng galit ng mga commuter, ng mga manggagawa,” added the Makabayan lawmaker.
He noted that MMDA’s own data indicates that Public Utility Buses (PUBs) only comprise 3.48 percent of daily traffic volume in EDSA, while private cars comprise more than half of the traffic volume at 65.56 percent.
“We’re not quite sure why the government is targeting the mass transport system in its plan to solve the traffic woes in Edsa, when what it should do is exactly the opposite,” Gaite said.
“They should focus their energies in providing an efficient and reliable mass transport system so the people would rely less on private vehicles,” said the progressive solon.