“Road pricing” along EDSA during rush hour was being explored in order to lessen the traffic, according to DOTr Consultant
A Department of Transportation (DOTr) consultant on Thursday said that charging vehicles plying EDSA during rush hour was being explored in order to address the gridlock in NCR’s major thoroughfare.
This, after reports surfaced that officials were proposing to charge motorists using the main thoroughfare of Metro Manila in order to lessen the traffic.
Department of Transportation (DOTr) consultant Alberto Suansing spoke to ABS-CBN’s Teleradyo saying that collecting toll on the busiest roads was being done in other countries in order to discourage driving, in which he called it as “road pricing”.
Suansing also said that the purpose of the congestion charge is “to dissuade” motorists who could postpone their walk if it wasn’t important.
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Placing toll charges from 7:00 to 10:00 a.m. and 4:00 to 9:00 p.m. was also being eyed then.
For Suansing, implementing congestion charge can’t be done without fixing first the public transit system.
Records from the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) showed that over 400,000 vehicles ply EDSA every day.