The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) has started talking to establishments regarding its plans to let motorists use the Roxas Boulevard (Blvd) access road. This aims to ease traffic congestion in the area. Read on to learn more about it.

Here are three fast facts about the MMDA's discussions to open the access road to Roxas Blvd:

1. The Roxas Blvd. Service road will enable motorists to access four other lanes that stretch around five kilometers (km).

According to a report from The Philippine Daily Inquirer (PDI), Thomas "Tim" Muñoz Orbos, MMDA general manager and officer in charge (OIC), said that motorists will be able to access the lanes stretching around five km from Edsa in Pasay City to Manila’s T.M. Kalaw Avenue. Based on a simulation conducted by MMDA, the opening of the access road to Roxas Blvd will help reduce by up to 28 percent the travel time from Edsa to T.M. Kalaw. Aside from this, there was also a 10-percent travel time reduction in the opposite direction.

2. The opening of the Roxas Blvd access road will be done in stages starting in April.

Orbos said that the MMDA is currently clearing the road of obstructions that’s why its opening will begin in April. The area from Gil Puyat Avenue to T.M. Kalaw Avenue will be the first one to be opened. After that, the stretch from Edsa to Gil Puyat Avenue will be opened. Finally, the area between Edsa and the Manila International Airport (MIA) Road will follow suit. As of February, the MMDA has estimated that approximately 6,100 vehicles use the access road to Roxas Blvd. Meanwhile, over 140,000 cars use Roxas Blvd daily.

3. Metro Manila Council meeting members agreed in early March that parking in the area would still be allowed, but only if it’s one-sided parallel parking.

As of the moment, the Roxas Blvd service road is not being fully utilized by motorists. This is the reason why it can still be used as a parking area. However, only vehicles that are parallel parked on one side of the area will be allowed.

MMDA, which is translated in Filipino as Pangasiwaan sa Pagpapaunlad ng Kalakhang Maynila, is an agency in the Philippines that was created to plan, coordinate and monitor as well as supervise and regulate over the metro-wide services in Metro Manila including the cities of Manila, Caloocan, Quezon City, Makati, Taguig, Parañaque and Las Piñas, among others.

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