Tag-along! If driving alone will be banned from EDSA, what are the benefits of carpooling?

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Solo drivers or drivers with no companions or passengers may no longer use EDSA once the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) implements the proposed carpooling scheme.

The scheme will encourage the public to share rides with their friends and coworkers, while reducing traffic.

MMDA said they came out with the idea since based on their data, 78% of cars in Metro Manila carry only the driver; thus causing congestion.

Once implemented, the policy will be effective from 7AM to 8PM, weekdays. It would only cover the stretch of Edsa from North Avenue (Quezon City) to Magallanes in Makati City.

MMDA assistant general manager for planning Jojo Garcia said that under this policy, drivers with three or more passengers would be exempted from the number coding scheme and “may use EDSA anytime.”

In addition, those with only two passengers can still use EDSA, but would not be exempted from the number coding scheme.

But those driving on their own would be “banned from EDSA anytime” and are only allowed to use alternate routes in going to their destinations. Those banned from using EDSA are allowed to cross intersections along the busy thoroughfare.

Carpooling is good. According to South Florida Commuter Services, top 5 benefits include:

  • Carpooling helps you save money
  • Helps the environment
  • Good for your health
  • Carpooling is a very convenient option
  • It helps you make new friends

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