NEW BUS STOP. Transportation Secretary Jaime Bautista prepares to hop on the bus during the launch of the Roxas Boulevard Station of the EDSA Busway on Thursday (Aug. 4, 2022). This brings the total number of median bus stops to 15 plus another three stations on the outer lanes of EDSA. (PNA photo by Avito C. Dalan)

MANILA – Two new median bus stops along the Epifanio delos Santos Avenue (EDSA) Busway, on Roxas Boulevard and Taft Avenue, begin their operations Thursday.

Department of Transportation Secretary Jaime Bautista said the new stations would provide a “more convenient experience” to EDSA Busway passengers.

“Hindi na sila lalakad ng malayo. So, maglalakad na lang, nandito na, mababawasan 'yung hirap ng ating mga mananakay (They won’t have to walk far. So, passengers will just have to walk here and they will have less stress),” he said.

Bautista and Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board chair Cheloy Garafil formally opened the two bus stops through a ribbon-cutting ceremony.

To date, the EDSA Busway now has 15 median bus stops -- or stops in the inside lanes of EDSA -- plus three other bus stops on the outer lanes.

If necessary, Bautista said the DOTr is eyeing to add more median bus stops as their placement is more “convenient” compared to those in the outer lanes.

“Ang iniisip natin if we can add more median stops gagawin po natin 'yan (We are thinking if we can add more median stops, we will do that),” he said.

He also expressed gratitude to the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) and the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) and noted their contribution to the project.

“Hindi po tayo titigil. Mag-iisip tayo ng paraan para magkaroon po ng accessible, affordable, convenient, and safe travel experience para sa ating lahat (We won’t stop. We will keep thinking of ways to provide accessible, affordable, convenient and safe travel experience for all),” he said.

The EDSA Busway is a joint undertaking of the DOTr, MMDA and the DPWH. It features dedicated median lanes for buses -- with most stations built at the median island to provide faster travel and to avoid entangling with connecting streets, driveways, and commercial centers.

The DOTr said the EDSA Busway system had reduced travel time from Mall of Asia in Pasay City to Monumento in Caloocan City from two to three hours to one hour and a half. (PNA)