MMDA to implement exclusive EDSA carpool lane on a trial basis

HOV lane

This scheme sees the leftmost lane serving as the HOV lane.

The Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA) has announced that it would allot the innermost lane on EDSA for high-occupancy vehicles (HOV), or vehicles with at least two passengers including the driver, as a way to ease traffic.

Garcia said the traffic reduction measure was approved following a meeting with the Metro Manila Council, composed of mayors of cities and municipalities in the metropolis. "High occupancy vehicle lane will encourage them to do this", Garcia said in a press conference Wednesday. This dry run will run the course of one week along the entire stretch of EDSA.

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At least 60 percent of vehicles passing through EDSA only have drivers based on data from the MMDA. "Violators will be apprehended via no-contact apprehension policy and will be meted a P500 fine", the MMDA said.

"Both ways, we can also use the body cameras in going after errant road users", said Lim who received the body cameras from Ferwin Lao, vice president of Worx Group of Companies during turnover ceremonies on Thursday.

Around 7,500 vehicles pass along EDSA every hour per direction in excess of its maximum capacity of 6,000 vehicles per hour per direction.

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