The EDSA Carousel ride last Tuesday was an eye-opening experience for me. It is an innovative, efficient, fast and comfortable transport system that may be replicated in other metropolitan areas like Cebu and Davao. But what really struck me was how the system changed the behavioral pattern of our riding public. It appears to have instilled the value of order and discipline to follow traffic guidelines for fast and safe travel. It has eliminated the chaos of elbowing all others just to get a ride especially during rush hours. What I saw were people respecting the lines and giving way to privileged sector such as senior citizens, PWD and pregnant commuters when necessary.

This is not to say that EDSA Carousel is perfect as it is, as there are still many areas for improvement. These include addressing the long distance between some stations in the major commercial districts like Cubao and Ortigas Center, the need for a unified Fleet Management System to better address the surge of passengers during rush hours, lack of facilities for PWDs, the need for a passenger terminal in Monumento and convenient access to the stations for the safety and comfort of passengers, among others.

On the part of the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB), we are mindful of the delay in the payout to the consortia due to sheer volume of work from the just concluded nationwide service contracting project. We nonetheless, commit to fast track the payouts in order not to further burden our partner operators and drivers.

I would like to commend the men and women of the Department of Transportation (DOTr), LTFRB, the Inter-Agency Council for Traffic (I-Act), the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG), Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA), and other personnel who have been working round the clock to make the EDSA Carousel work for the riding public.