Wednesday, April 02, 2008

Colorum Buses on EDSA and Organized Bus Route

It usually take about 1 hour and 30 minutes to drive from Quezon City to Makati via EDSA during morning rush hour. This morning there was a noticeable difference in the speed I was able to reach Makati in just about an hour. I noticed a great reduction in those unruly buses hogging the yellow lanes even swerving out of their designated lanes. The reduced number of buses must've been due to the recent crackdown by the MMDA of colorum buses in Metro Manila, particularly those plying EDSA.

You see, those buses, besides being unruly drivers, are too many for the few commuters making them compete with each other more. Even during rush hours, you seldom see those buses loaded with commuters except on short stretches like Buendia to Ayala Avenue in Makati.

The MMDA implemented a crackdown on those illegal buses even to the extent of spray painting violators that earned the ire of their operators.

What the MMDA wants to implement is an organized bus route (OBR) with "first on, first off" system of bus dispatching.

RFID (radio frequency identification) tags will also be distributed to legitimate buses to electronically identify licensed franchises and weed out colorum ones. RFID technology makes it possible to do this and makes it harder, not imposible, for h4ck3rs and miscreants to circumvent the system.

We've yet to see the full implementation of OBR but I'm giving the MMDA my full support on this project.


  1. i really appreciate people who also looks at the good things that happens to this country. thanks for this post. i like bayani fernando in the aspect of initiative and continuous ideas of improving Metro Manila's system. i always look at Marikina.

  2. dong, i also love marikina from a dump of salvage victims to a clean, live able one. kudos to them. i also support them in their drive to clean parian creek in pasig. my future home is near that place :P

  3. im from marikina and even if many people hate bayani, i have a lot of admiration for the guy. his might be the "weird" and unprecedented ideas, but they surely work.