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Transport officials looking at designating bus and bike EDSA lanes post-quarantine

Transport officials are now looking at designating the innermost lane of EDSA for buses while the outermost lane will be for bikes, the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) said Monday.

According to MMDA spokesperson Celine Pialago, EDSA will initially be converted as a "connecting road" once public transportation will be allowed to resume under the general community quarantine (GCQ).

Once this takes place, the country's busiest highway will only cater to one route that will be taken by 600 buses only, down from the 2,500 buses which passed through EDSA prior to the lockdown restrictions.

With this, Pialogo said transport officials are considering making changes in the designated lanes for specific modes of transportation.

"Ang bus routes, posibleng mailipat sa left side at maglalagay na lamang ng foot bridge para sa ating mga tatawid na kababayan," she said during the Laging Handa public briefing on Monday.

"Ang plano din ay ang target, magkakaroon ng bike lane malapit sa mga bangketa. Ito ang ginagawa ng DOTr, nakasuporta ang MMDA diyan sa side ng enforcement," added Pialogo.

Public transport is temporarily suspended under the modified enhanced community quarantine (MECQ) which is currently in place in Metro Manila and other "high-risk" areas.

They will be allowed to resume operations once lockdowns are eased to a general community quarantine (GCQ), albeit on a limited capacity with a maximum of 50%.—AOL, GMA News