Saturday, September 8, 2012

Olongapo Traffic Study

The Bugle just read this article online the other day from the Tempo website: 

OLONGAPO CITY, Philippines – To avert future traffic problems on the heels of Olongapo’s increasing population and rapidly growing economy, the administration of City Mayor James “Bong“ Gordon, Jr. wants to implement a new and more comprehensive traffic management and public transport system.

For this purpose, the city government has tapped the University of the Philippines (UP) National Study Center for Traffic and Transportation to assess the present traffic condition in the city and make recommendations to ease road congestion and ensure the safety of commuters and pedestrians.
Gordon said there is a need to keep up with the changing times since the last comprehensive traffic study in Olongapo was done 12 years ago.

UP School of Urban and Regional Planning Professor Sheila Napalan and her group have already pin pointed the problem areas such as lack of parking spaces and the improvements that should be made such as transforming major thoroughfares into “walkable“ roads wherein pedestrians are not exposed to accidents.

They are also looking into the potential of alternative modes of transport like river crossings that will cut travel time from the city’s outskirts to downtown Olongapo.

The transport and traffic experts recently conducted a series of dialogues with motorists including jeepney, taxi and tricycle drivers to obtain additional inputs for the formulation of a sound traffic management system.

The study also includes whether there is a need to issue new franchises to tricycle cabs that will service new routes in certain streets of populous barangays and prevent the proliferation of colorum vehicles. (Franco G. Regala)

While a study is a good idea I would hope that one of the things that the Study Center looks into is the fact that there are too many franchises in existence for Jeepneys (PUJ) and tricycles already.  How often does one get into the city and watches as numerous empty and half empty Jeepneys go by.  Or how about the lack of enforcement of traffic regulations?  One just has to compare the streets of Olongapo with SBMA and you can see for yourself how proper enforcement makes your travels so much easier.

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