The Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA) announced on Friday that the average travel time in EDSA was cut by 21 minutes during the three-day dry run of the no-window hours policy.

Travel speed of vehicles increases

According to MMDA General Manager Tim Orbos, the travel speed of vehicles along EDSA has increased during the dry run of the no-window hours policy for private vehicles, conducted from Oct. 12 to 14, under the Unified Vehicular Volume Reduction Program (UVVRP) or the number-coding scheme, Business Mirror reported.

Contrary to an earlier assessment made by the agency, the latest Interagency Council on Traffic (I-ACT) data showed that EDSA traffic improved by nearly 11 minutes on the first day, 21 minutes and 13 minutes on the next two consecutive days respectively.

MMDA warns tight implementation of policy

MMDA warned of a stricter implementation of the new policy to boost improvement once it is executed on Oct. 17. The agency also requested for the cooperation of the motoring public to help maximize the possible solution in easing the traffic situation in Metro Manila.

I-ACT will assess the impact of the policy to measure and determine if it has contributed a positive impact in the move to alleviate traffic congestion in the metropolis. The assessment shall then be submitted to the Metro Manila Council to decide whether the policy will be extended or implemented permanently.

No-window hours policy

Under the number coding scheme, private vehicles will not be allowed to travel on Metro Manila roads from 7 am to 7 pm, depending on their plate number. Before the “No Window Hours" policy, there used to be a window from 9 am to 3 pm, where private vehicles can still use the Metro Manila roads.

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Along with the implementation of the policy, a set of double-decker buses was launched by the government to aid motorist who will be affected by the new rule.

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