- The HOV lane dry run on EDSA started at 6 a.m. on Monday
- Only cars with at least two occupants are allowed to use the HOV lane
- The MMDA expects a 30 percent reduction in the volume of private cars on EDSA by encouraging carpooling
The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) have started the dry run for high-occupancy lane (HOV) at 6:00 a.m. on Monday, December 11. The HOV lane is the latest scheme to reduce traffic on EDSA by encouraging carpooling.
The dry run for the policy, which was proposed by the Metro Manila Council, the policy-making arm of the MMDA composed of all the mayors of Metro Manila, will run until December 18. Full implementation will start on December 18.
With the HOV lane, the MMDA expects a 30 percent reduction in the volume of private vehicles traversing EDSA. Only those vehicles with at least two occupants including the driver would be allowed to enter the innermost lane, which is beside the Metro Rail Transit rail line.
Vehicles with only the driver as occupant may use the motorcycle lane as well as the other lane beside the yellow lane. Single-occupancy cars intending to make a U-turn will be allowed to use the HOV lane 200 meters from a U-turn slot, as mentioned in GMA News.
The MMDA will know this week if the HOV lane policy will be fully implemented, MMDA Spokesperson Celine Pialogo said.