The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) announced that they will be implementing a new semi-automated bus dispatch system that would control the number of city buses operating in Epifanio delos Santos Avenue (EDSA).
The new system is an update to the agency's current Organized Bus Route (OBR). The current OBR system requires bus drivers to pass through OBR terminals that would be placed along EDSA.These terminals would then regulate the dispatch of buses to their routes. But the problem was that the drivers learned how to cheat the system.
Now with the semi-automated system, biometrics or fingerprint will be used to identify bus drivers making it harder for bus drivers to find a loop hole. The MMDA aims to lessen 20% of the current 3,000 authorized buses plying EDSA. Even with the OBR system EDSA is still way over its limits which is 1,600 bus capacity.
I just hope that bus franchisors would not reject the proposed system and help the MMDA improve the worsening traffic in EDSA.