The EDSA provincial bus ban is pushing through next week, beginning August 7, 2019. Despite the many petitions and attempts to postpone it from lawmakers and private groups, Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA) general manager, Jojo Garcia, said the provincial bus ban will start exactly at 4:00 AM.
“The dry run will push through unless there is a Supreme Court (SC) order stopping its implementation. We respect the rule of law, alam namin iyan kaya kapag sinabing ihinto, ihinto natin iyan definitely (we know that that's why if they (Supreme Court) tell us to stop, we will stop it indefinitely,” said Garcia to reporters.
During the dry run, violators will not be apprehended. The MMDA will use the evaluation period to spot any loopholes that may be exploited by bus companies. For their part, provincial bus operators agreed to follow the rules of the dry run. Garcia mentioned that he is thankful the operators agreed to cooperate with them.
This does not spell the end for bus terminals along EDSA. They will remain open, however, buses will not be allowed to load or unload passengers there at certain times. The agency has urged bus operators to use the interim terminals located in Santa Rosa, Laguna, and Valenzuela City, Valenzuela.
The MMDA will provide a window hour for these buses to allow travelers to board or get off EDSA from 10:00 PM to 4:00 AM.