Caught by lens: Long lines, lack of buses, other commuter woes prevail amid COVID-19 pandemic

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6/15/2021 2:45:00 PM

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Photos of long queues along the EDSA Busway route showed the prevailing problems of public transport amid the still raging coronavirus pandemic. This was

Struggle of driversSome Facebook users, meanwhile, shared the struggles of some bus drivers and conductors who were offering the free rides.One user noted that because they offer their services for free, some of them don’t accept passengers anymore.“Mas mabuti pa nga na may bayad nalang kesa libre. Halos magmakaawa yung driver at konduktor na sumakay ka. Pero ngayon na libre, halos ayaw din nila pumara. Di na naawa sa mga nag aabang. Di niyo kasi alam ang totoong nangyayari sa kalsada,” the user

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said.Rush hourOne user shared a different experience. For her, she perceived that there were enough buses to accommodate all the passengers.“Marami naman ang bus at tuloy tuloy ang dating pero mas marami lang talaga ang pasahero ng mga ganyang oras. Sa ilang buwan ng pagsakay ko kahit gaano kahaba di naman ako umabot ng isang oras sa pagpila kasi tuloy tuloy naman ang usad,” the user

‘Long lines are inevitable’The long lines captured in various terminals since last week have been addressed by the DOTr.In a lengthy post last Saturday, DOTr Assistant SecretaryGoddes Hope Libiransaid that long lines along EDSA’s bus terminals are inevitable, citing rush hour and weather disturbances.

“Long lines, queueing and waiting time are inevitable, especially during peak travel, rush hour or because of force majeure situations like weather disturbances. Lalo na ngayon na may pandemya, kaya hindi natin pwedeng punuin ang tren o mga sasakyan,” Libiran

She also slammed those who shared of photos and videos of what’s happening in EDSA as “inciting anger at the government.”TheMetro Manila Development Authoritylikewise said it saw the viral photos of long lines of commuters in Ortigas and Ayala.“Yes. Ito po ay dinala na namin sa atensiyon ng Department of Transportation ‘no. Nakita ko na rin po iyong kumakalat na iyon para alamin po nila kung anong nangyari tungkol po dito sa mga buses. Kasi if ever, madali naman po mag-assist ang MMDA dito. Iyon kasing mga pagtatawag ng mga buses, kung gaano karaming buses is under the supervision po ng DOTr and I believe they are making several adjustments na po kaagad dito,” MMDA chair

On Tuesday, the DOTr also issued a statement regarding the viral posts showing the long lines of commuters at the MRT-3 Ortigas and Ayala Stations on Friday evening.It said that together with the LTFRB, they have taken steps to address this.They also clarified that there was heavy rain on Friday as well as seven vehicular accidents and two stalled vehicular incidents along EDSA that contributed to the “unusual traffic build-up” that affected the turnaround of EDSA busway units.

“Allow us to note that queueing and waiting time [is] inevitable, especially during rush hour, weekend, or when there are vehicular accidents and weather disturbances,” the DOTr said.“However, it is important to point out that unlike before when there were no designated loading and unloading stations, and when commuters were scattered along the whole stretch of EDSA to fight for their way to board the bus, there is order now. Commuters line up in an organized manner at stations, with the assurance that they can board the bus,” it added.

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Steps being doneIt likewise enumerated the steps being done to address the long lines in this post:Last week, PresidentRodrigo Dutertein an interview with a pastor on SMNI News claimed that EDSA traffic has already been solved.“Ang traffic ngayon sa EDSA maluwang na, okay. But early on sa administration ko, it was a crisis there,” he was

as saying last June 8.Travelers countered this by sharing their personal experiences of still getting stuck in traffic.READ:EDSA traffic eradicated? Travelers counter Duterte’s claims with experiencesAbalos, however, agreed that the traffic problem in Edsa was already solved.

“Lumalabas po na iyong travel time na dating 21% na northbound ay naging 25.4 na at iyong 11 na takbo sa southbound – this is from Monumento to Roxas Boulevard ay 31.76 pero ang volume ng vehicles ay hindi na ho nagkakalayo, halos pareho na. This was taken last month po,” Abalos said during the Laging Handa press briefing.

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