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LTFRB to start dry run of articulated buses on EDSA Wednesday


Land transportation officials will start on Wednesday a dry run of an articulated bus system that will complement the Metro Rail Transit along Epifanio delos Santos Avenue (EDSA).

The Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) and the Land Transportation Office (LTO) will hold the dry run from the MRT North Avenue in Quezon City to Taft Avenue in Pasay City.

In a news release, the LTFRB said the initiative has been coordinated with the Department of Transportation and Communications and the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority.

Wednesday's dry run will involve one articulated bus for MRT southbound passengers.

The LTFRB said the dry run will determine if the articulated bus could be a "safe and efficient alternative mode of transportation" along EDSA.

LTFRB Chairman Winston Ginez said that if the system is successful, it could be a temporary solution to the crowding at the MRT, at least until new trains can be acquired.

The dry run will start Wednesday morning from the MRT North EDSA station. The bus will pass through the EDSA underpass and overpass and stop at Buendia, Ayala and Taft Avenue stations.

It will then take its turn at the SM Mall of Asia rotunda and end near the Ninoy Aquino International Airport Terminal 2.

Wednesday's start of the dry run coincides with the start of an experimental run of MRT express trains, which also aim to ease the crowding of the MRT. — BM, GMA News
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