• MMDA Launches Free Shuttle Service for Ateneo Students

    Aside from the experimental shuttle program, MMDA is also addressing the traffic situation near La Salle Greenhills.
    by Andrei Medina .
  • The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) has launched a free shuttle service to ferry the high school students of the Ateneo de Manila University during the morning rush hour.

    The experimental shuttle program was launched on Tuesday in a bid to reduce the traffic jam brought by the resumption of classes along Katipunan Avenue, the Inquirer reported.

    Ateneo High School principal Carmela Oracion said they will have a total of eight buses located in three strategic points near the school.

    “For this trial run, we just started with the students who come to school in private vehicles and as lone passengers in order to get the maximum impact in the soonest possible time but soon, we will also extend the invitation to other students,” she said.

    The three areas designated for the shuttle services are:

    Temple Drive – 2 buses
    SM City Marikina – 2 buses
    UP-Ayala Technohub – 4 buses

    According to Oracion, the first bus for each point will leave at 6:15 a.m. sharp. The next trips are scheduled after every fifteen minutes.

    The free shuttle services will operate for a trial period of two weeks and only during the mornings since students have varied dismissal times.

    “We will see from here how things go and how we can improve this provision for the parents, but at the same time make it also a sustainable option,” Oracion said.

    Meanwhile, things have been looking good--at least for a day--in terms of the MMDA’s traffic scheme in another private school along Ortigas Avenue.

    TopGear cited an MMDA post on Monday announcing that they successfully cleared the problematic parking of vehicles ferrying students outside La Salle Greenhills.

    Both Katipunan and Ortigas Avenues are areas where huge traffic build-up is deemed normal during the regular school year due to the sheer amount of students in private cars going to class.

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