New EDSA Bus Segregation Scheme On December 18, 2012

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The Metro Manila Development Authority or MMDA were installing colour coded bus stops along EDSA for the past two to three weeks, including changing signboards and lane assignments.

I commute via bus in the morning and via the Yellow Line (formerly known as Blue Line/MRT-3) in the evening. I started to notice the changes being implemented during the times that I took the bus in the evening and that was when I realized that a new bus stop scheme will be implemented soon along EDSA.

That day has arrived and it will be tomorrow, Tuesday, December 18, 2012. And you should definitely know which bus stops at which bus stop or you will just waste your time or worse get angry at the bus drivers.

Below you will find the image that was posted by the MMDA on their Facebook page, mind you, posted only on 23:00 (yes, today, December 17th!)

BUS A Northbound

  • Magallanes/Mantrade
  • Buendia/Gil Puyat
  • Guadalupe
  • Shaw Boulevard
  • SM Megamall
  • Boni Serrano
  • Cubao Farmers
  • Ermin Garcia

BUS A Southbound

  • Ermin Garcia
  • Arayat Cubao
  • VV Soliven
  • Connecticut
  • Shaw Starmall
  • Guadalupe
  • Buendia/Gil Puyat
  • Mantrade/Magallanes

BUS B Northbound

  • Ayala Avenue
  • Estrella
  • Pioneer/Boni
  • SM Megamall
  • Ortigas Avenue
  • Main Avenue
  • Baliwag/5star

BUS B Southbound

  • Kamuning
  • Monte de Piedad
  • Main Avenue
  • POEA Ortigas
  • Boni/Pioneer
  • Estrella
  • Ayala Avenue

BUS S Northbound and Southbound

Allowed on all stops.

How to Spot Bus Coding?

All city buses plying EDSA have big (or medium) sized stickers located on the upper-right corner of their windshields facing the bus (from the outside). These stickers have either the letter A, B, or C, and are colour-coded.

  • BUS A stickers and stops are red
  • BUS B stickers and stops are blue
  • BUS C stickers are yellow (if I remember correctly) and can stop on all bus stops

Additional things all commuters should know

When I observed how frequent BUS A, BUS B, and BUS C are, I noticed that there are less BUS C than A or B. True enough, the MMDA said that 80% of the buses plying EDSA are either A or B, the remaining 20% are C. This means that, there are far less BUS C than there are BUS A or B.

Secondly, categories A and B used to be: “A for Alabang” and “B for Baclaran” buses. The big question today is, if the MMDA is still following the old scheme, which will make the lives of the passengers harder than it already is. Consider this scenario:

If BUS B is still for Baclaran-route buses under the new scheme, then passengers living in the Malibay-Evangelista, all the way to Pasay and Baclaran, have no way to get a BUS A. This leaves them with not-so-good options:

  • Wait for BUS C, which as the MMDA said, is only 20%, in other words it will not be a common sight; or
  • Waste ₱8.00 for a Jeepney ride, drop at Magallanes proper, and walk all the way to Mantrade/Magallanes BUS A stop (which is far and you will surely sweat a lot)

I for one does not like either of those two options. We can only hope that the brains behind this scheme have realized this scenario and issued BUS A stickers to Baclaran-route buses, and BUS B stickers to Alabang-route buses. Sticking to the old scheme of exclusivity (ie A for Alabang buses; and B for Baclaran buses only) will not work, unless they increase the number of BUS C (which ironically, will defeat the bus stop segregation scheme).

Update (2012-12-27): ‘A’ and ‘B’ stickers were given to both Baclaran-bound and Alabang-bound buses.

At the end, the MMDA should have issued a 100-day massive information dissemination instead of doing an announcement on the eve of the implementation. This would have given more than enough time for passengers to raise questions (and for them to address it), memorize the new bus stops, adjust their daily routine, and so on.

You can not just implement a huge change in the system overnight. It takes time. It requires days of dialogue and information campaign. I can only hope that the lack of such will not cause total chaos along EDSA tomorrow and the next few weeks. So whatever happens tomorrow, do not blame the bus drivers they are only following the new rules and regulations along EDSA.

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