MMDA on Holidays: Lanes, Free Airport Service, Truck Ban

Published: December 16, 2014 | Updated: July 2, 2020 | Posted by: Moneymax | Government Services


Holiday Lanes on Christmas
Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) implemented measures in preparation for the Holiday Season in Metro Manila.

No ‘Christmas Lanes’

MMDA did not implement Christmas Lanes or alternate routes this year because of the major road projects in Metro Manila including some of the alternate routes. Last year, 17 alternative routes within Metro Manila are designated to be Christmas and Mabuhay lanes. Unfortunately, these lanes are not yet available as some are currently under repair.

MMDA chairman Francis Tolentino said the agency is expecting high volumes of vehicular traffic because of the approximately 100 ongoing road repairs in Metro Manila. Most of them are even not due for completion until 2015. Tolentino said that road rehabilitations by DPWH is expected to suspend all road works and other operations on December 15 and will extend up to midnight of January 5, 2015.

Biggest Roads under repair in Metro Manila:

  • V. Mapa Street in Sta. Mesa
  • Ninoy Aquino International Airport elevated expressway
  • Skyway Stage 3 along South Super Highway in Manila
  • Blumentritt Interceptor Project

 

Free Airport Shuttle Service

MMDA launched a free bus shuttle service to airline passengers going to to the domestic airport terminals. Tolentino said the free shuttle service intends to dissuade the passengers from bringing their cars in going to the airport to help reduce the number of vehicles on the road during the holiday period.

Tolentino said the MMDA airport shuttle service makes use of six buses – to include electric buses. The buses will pick-up passengers in Baclaran, Paranaque and at the SM Mall of Asia.

The airport shuttle service will be free of charge for passengers only – just show your airline tickets to avail of the service. The MMDA said the free airport shuttle service would be in operation until December 23.

Window hours for trucks

Metropolitan Manila Development Authority will allow cargo trucks to pass through Roxas Boulevard from midnight to 5 a.m. Dec. 17-22.

After lifting the daytime truck ban in Manila on September 13, MMDA reimposed the ban to give way for urgent repairs on Roxas Boulevard in anticipation of major Christmas events and ease ports congestion before the holidays.

Tolentino advised the public to do shopping activities earlier to avoid being stuck in traffic, especially in areas around the shopping malls and retail zones, before Christmas.

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