EDSA ‘parking lot’: Commuters endure traffic ahead of ASEAN Summit

Aika Rey
EDSA ‘parking lot’: Commuters endure traffic ahead of ASEAN Summit
(UPDATED) MMDA opens the ASEAN lane along EDSA Northbound to the public as of 6 pm on Saturday, November 11

MANILA, Philippines (UPDATED) – Angry commuters and motorists complained of being “trapped” in traffic congestion along EDSA on Saturday, November 11, two days before the 31st Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Summit.

Some netizens reported being stuck for hours in EDSA as only two lanes were open for public use.

There were also reports that commuters had a hard time booking rides on ride-hailing apps Grab and Uber. Fares tripled, according to reports. (READ: Angkas ‘considered as closed’ – LTFRB)

The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) has issued a warning to motorists ahead of the ASEAN Summit to avoid EDSA as vehicles will not be allowed to cross or use lanes dedicated for ASEAN delegates beginning Saturday. (READ: LOOK: Partial, total lockdown of areas during ASEAN summit)

The MMDA also tweeted Saturday afternoon to expect traffic congestion along EDSA and other major thoroughfares due to the arrival of ASEAN Summit delegates.

MMDA supervising operations officer Bong Nebrija advised the public to use the Scout area or C5. Meanwhile, MMDA Spokesperson Celine Pialago cautioned the public to avoid EDSA.

As of 6 pm, MMDA announced that the ASEAN lane along EDSA Northbound is open to the public until further notice.

Meanwhile, commuters also experienced long lines at the Metro Rail Transit Line 3.

According to Transportation Undersecretary Cesar Chavez, there are no additional trains this long weekend.

“As a matter of policy, MRT deploys 12 trains only on Saturday, Sundays, and holidays,” Chavez said in a message to reporters.

– Rappler.com

 

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Aika Rey

Aika Rey is a business reporter for Rappler. She covered the Senate of the Philippines before fully diving into numbers and companies. Got tips? Find her on Twitter at @reyaika or shoot her an email at aika.rey@rappler.com.