More traffic experiments to be implemented in Baguio
The city government will be conducting more traffic experiments along different roads in the city to help in easing the traffic jams suffered by residents and visitors.
Mayor Benjamin B. Magalong said the city government started the implementation of some traffic experiments in some major roads as short-term solutions to the prevailing traffic congestions but more traffic experiments will be implemented.
He added that if these experiments do not work, then the same will be cancelled and replaced with other measures aside from working on possible adjustments on the existing congestions.
Magalong said the traffic experiments are stop gap measures while the city is awaiting the outcome of the study done by experts from the Metro Manila Development Authority.
He said one possible solution to the monstrous traffic congestions in the city is the eventual construction of multi-level parking structures in strategic areas in the city to accommodate the huge volume of vehicles that flock to the city during weekends and peak tourism months.
Experts from the MMDA came to the city a number of times to study the traffic situation from which they will submit their comprehensive report in three to four months.
One of the administration’s 15-point agenda is the formulation of effective traffic management to help curb traffic jams around the city brought about by the rapidly increasing number of vehicles in the streets.
Based on the data from the Traffic Management Division, roads in the city could accommodate slightly over 18,000 vehicles but the number of registered vehicles in the Land Transportation Office already reached more than 64,000, aside from the vehicles that flock to the city during weekends and holidays.
The traffic study conducted by the MMDA costs around P1.5 million which was donated by the MMDA as part of its corporate social responsibility to local governments in addressing traffic problems in their areas of jurisdiction.
Part of the activities of the city government is the re-designing of pedestrian lanes and intersections of the different roads to reduce the impact of traffic to residents. – PIO release