Upon recall, there were five U-turn slots along EDSA closed with due consideration for a more seamless and faster journey of buses inside the new busway. However, this move has affected the flow of traffic on the major road, therefore causing motorists to blame the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) and their decision in closing several U-turn slots.
Regarding the matter, MMDA General Manager, Jojo Garcia, stated that the agency is in the planning stage of finding a strategic solution to this conflict and are in coordination with the Department of Transportation (DOTr). Nothing is definite just yet, however, two U-turn slots have the probability of being reactivated, specifically the ones for North Avenue and Congressional.
If the reopening will push through, hopefully, the traffic situation might just lighten as compared with the situation prior. Now, apart from that, Garcia also stated that they are also looking into building new infrastructure which should go in line with its long-term solutions, such as an elevated road or flyover which should improve the flow of buses passing through the EDSA busway.
As mentioned, bus commuters have greatly benefited from the new busway, with travel time from Monumento to Makati improved significantly, specifically, from three hours to now less than an hour. This progress could even be improved once all 12 U-turns along EDSA are closed. However, local motorists were affected by this change, and if MMDA then pushes the reactivation of the said U-turns above, then perhaps there will indeed be better days on EDSA.
The closing of U-Turn slots was done last September in order to improve the bus commuting experience here in the country. Apart from shifting the bus lane, cashless payment or the usage of beep cards was also required on the public transport medium mainly for the sake of a more efficient and safer commuting experience during this amidst pandemic.