Raymond Tumao, a reader of The Philippine Star BizLinks column offered his proposed solution on the continuing traffic problems of Metro Manila. Here’s what he says:
“Urban planner Jun Palafox has been urging Pres. Duterte to adopt the JICA (Japan International Cooperation Agency) plan to decongest traffic in Metro Manila according to the news almost posted everyday.
“The solution of JICA is workable, if there is enough time to work with. But as of today, traffic has been getting worse. I have a quick solution to the EDSA traffic, and it is designed to act as a model route for other bus operators plying outside routes to follow.
“However, until today I still have no contact with the person who could sit down and listen to my plan which I feel could be a quicker solution compared to other plans, if ever there is one. To summarize my plan, here is how it goes:
“1. List down all buses passing through EDSA, including those that merely pass a portion of EDSA. Each bus listed should show a legitimate CPC or franchise, and the following data should be collected: Year imported or assembled; (passenger) capacity; euro compliancy; a/c equipped or not; average number of hours in use per day/week/month; ownership (individual/partnership/corporation); average daily fuel consumption over number of hours on the road and estimated remaining useful life.
“2. All data derived from the above shall be inputted in a computer data base and treated as the operational fleet, making each bus a numerator and the total number of buses used per a 12-hour cut-off as the denominator.
“The idea is to pro-rate the total revenues and distribute to the bus owners of the buses according to the number of buses used per 12-hour run after deducting miscellaneous expenses like management fees and utilities.
“Maintenance of buses shall remain charged to the account of the bus owner until such time as new fleets of buses replace the presently depreciating buses.
“3. All buses traversing EDSA shall use a dedicated extreme right lane per direction of EDSA. The inner second lane can be used for overtaking, if the bus is full. Buses shall strictly stop only at designated stops when needed. Passengers can board or alight only at these stops.
“4. All buses will be electronically identified through an RFID signaling system that will inform the grid jockey (GJ) of the position of all buses in the grid. A two-way radio is installed in each bus enabling the driver to inform the contents of his bus and await further instructions like advancing to the next stops or disengaging when he reaches the terminal.
“Drivers will not mind if his bus is full or not as long as he continues his journey and informs his GJ his position and loading capacity. It is up to the GJ to decide what to do to reduce road space usage along EDSA.
“The drivers shall be paid by their corresponding operator and not by the consortium until such time when the entire system is straightened out and the ranks are professionalized.
“As to conductors, the consortium members should create the jobs for them in the meantime, but there will be no more conductors in the future. Drivers shall be paid as regular employees enjoying the same benefits like white collar employees receive.
“At the end of this experimental period, the members shall meet and discuss what they should do on the next stage.
“I have the entire process planned out since 2003, so I guess the outcome will not differ much from what I have planned, modesty aside.”
Source: BIZLINKS By Rey Gamboa (The Philippine Star)