Together with the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA), the Department of Transportation (DOTr) has officially opened the Roxas Boulevard and Taft Avenue EDSA Busway stations through a ribbon-cutting ceremony.
“Hindi na sila lalakad ng malayo. So, maglalakad na lang, nandito na, mababawasan ‘yung hirap ng ating mga mananakay,” DOTr Sec. Bautista said.
“Dito po sa Department of Transportation (DOTr) hindi po tayo titigil. Mag-iisip tayo ng paraan para magkaroon po ng accessible, affordable, convenient and safe travel para sa ating lahat,” he added.
To date, the EDSA Busway now has 15 median bus stops–stops in the inside lanes of EDSA, plus three other bus stops on the outer lanes. According to Bautista, DOTr is still looking to add more median bus stops as their placement is more “convenient” compared to those in the outer lanes.
The EDSA Busway project is a joint undertaking of the DOTr, MMDA, and Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH). It features a dedicated median lane for buses with stations built at the median island, allowing for more efficient travel by avoiding conflict with connecting streets, driveways, commercial centers and curbside drop-off points.
More importantly,the EDSA Busway system has reduced travel time from Mall of Asia in Pasay City to Monumento in Kalookan from 2 to 3 hours down only to 1 hour 30 minutes.