THE travel speed of vehicles along the stretch of EDSA has increased during the dry run of the “No window hours” policy under the Unified Vehicular Volume Reduction Program (UVVRP) or the number coding scheme, according to the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA).
Based on the study of travel speed along EDSA made by the agency, the average travel speed taken on October 5 showed that it took vehicles 15.84 kph from Roxas Blvd. to Monumento and vice versa, with an average travel time of 1 hour, 27 minutes and 27 seconds.
On the next day, Oct. 6, vehicles plying the same route had an average speed of 15.91 kph and travel time of 1 hour, 27 minutes and 1 second.
On October 7, the average travel speed was 14.63 kph with travel time of 1 hour, 34 minutes and 38 seconds.
However, when the dry run of the No window hours started last Wednesday, October 12, the average travel time of vehicles traversing the same route was 1 hour, 16 minutes and 32 seconds or a decrease of 10 minutes and 55 seconds. The travel speed also improved, with vehicles travelling at 18.09 kph or an increase of 2.25 kph.
On October 13, the travel time along EDSA -- to and from Roxas Blvd. and Monumento -- decreased by an average of 21 minutes and 17 seconds while travel speed increased by an average of 5.16 kph.
MMDA General Manager Tim Orbos said the study only shows that the implementation of the No window hours policy has an impact on improving the travel time and speed of vehicles plying EDSA.
“Considering the study done was during the trial run of the No window hours, we expect that the numbers will improve more in the following days when the policy will be fully implemented and enforced on October 17,” Orbos said.
The MMDA official also urges the motoring public to cooperate and comply with the government agencies’ initiatives and measures in the following months to ease the traffic situation in Metro Manila.
Traffic personnel flagged down around 1,500 motorists for violating the No window hours policy during the three-day trial run.
The October 14 study shows a decrease of 13 minutes and 15 seconds in travel time and an increase of 2.39 kph in travel speed.