Interim ops of Edsa Busway start today

(Eagle News)–The interim operations of the Edsa Busway start today, July 1.

The Department of Transportation said buses from Monumento to Quezon Avenue will be using the following bus stops located on the curbside for the meantime to pick up and/or unload passengers:

Bagong Barrio
LRT Balintawak
Kaingin Road
LRT Muñoz Station
MRT North Avenue Station (Southbound-Loading only, Northbound-Unloading Only)
MRT Quezon Avenue Station (Southbound-Loading only, Northbound-Unloading Only)

According to the DOTr, buses will “shift to the median lanes with the partial operability of the busway section from Quezon Avenue all the way to Estrella.”

Upon exiting Estrella, buses will be allowed to pick up and/or unload passengers at the following curbside stops from Buendia to the PITX:

Ayala (Southbound-Unloading Only, Northbound-Loading and Unloading)
Taft Avenue (Southbound-Unloading Only, Northbound-Loading Only)
Roxas Boulevard
Macapagal Avenue
SM Mall of Asia

The DOTr said 550 bus units were authorized to service the EDSA Busway, with 150 bus units committed by bus operators for today.

No fare increase shall be implemented.

EDSA Busway will complement the operations of the MRT-3 line and its bus augmentation program.

The EDSA Busway, the DOTr said, aims to help transport commuters in Metro Manila amid the general community quarantine (GCQ) still being enforced to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

It aims to cut travel time from Monumento to PITX from the usual 2 to 3 hours when Edsa is congested, to 45 minutes to 1 hour.