The policy, which limited buses to the two outer lanes in EDSA, caused massive delays and inconveniences for everyone, most especially for the city’s bus fairing commuters.
A viral photo by netizen Karl Mercado seemed to perfectly sum up the fiasco, as public vehicles could be seen cramped on one side of the highway, while lanes for their private counterparts were free and empty.
Bes, anong oras na kaya ako makakauwi?Komyuter lang kasi ako eh. Probinsyano lang kasi ako eh.I don't deserve equal treatment.Yellow Lane Policy pa more.#commutersnaman
The snap, along with Mercado’s caption which read ‘Komyuter lang kasi ako eh. I don’t deserve equal treatment.’, magnified the divide caused by a policy which has been slammed by many as anti-poor.
True enough, Twitter was more than happy to provide evidence of MMDA’s alleged favoritism towards ‘private car-owning citizens’.
Today was an experiment in class privilege orchestrated by @MMDA. Thank you for proving that the ordinary Filipino is so kawawa relative to the private car-owning citizen. 👏 It's really genius!
— Nash Tysmans (@nashtysmans) August 7, 2019
Video of private cars flying smoothly through 3 lanes, while our bus has been stuck in the same spot for 20 minutes…
— Junzen Lavapie (@j_lavapyeah) August 6, 2019
Traffic na naman ngayon. Monday at Tuesday traffic. Grabe! Pati ngayon. Hanggang friday na ata to.
Yung 10mins QC to Cubao, para lang ba sa private vehicles yun? para lang sa mga may sasakyan? paano po yung nagcocommute? hindi ba para sa mga bus din? LATE na po kasi kami. @MMDA
— andreatagasa (@andreatagasa_) August 6, 2019
Good job @MMDA. That's what you get when you go against every study that says you should prioritize public over private transport. Knowledge is right under your nose and you chose to go with your—idk, whatever it is you went with. https://t.co/U1L0Mj1sVW
— Jan-Daniel Belmonte (@janbelmonte) August 6, 2019
I know na maraming factors ang trapik sa Metro particularly sa EDSA. But don't pin this on buses and commuters dahil pagdating sa congestion it's obvious na private vehicles ang primary cause nito. pic.twitter.com/Q3aDH0mggc
— Ping Guerrero ❌ (@gabrant001) August 7, 2019
Netizen James Thomas Veloso also described the situation as something that his ‘heart breaks to see every night.’
‘I have a question to the MMDA: is this what you want all of us who cannot afford even the downpayment of a car to endure every night?
No wonder productivity in Metro Manila is fast draining. Commuting now takes six hours every day… Why don’t the stooges that run our traffic system get out of their cars and experience being a commuter for once?
This is a scene my heart breaks to see every other night. People waiting for a bus home crowding the three lanes of the…
‘Ang daming factors. Umulan today, ayun hanggang ngayon po umaambon. Alam naman po natin kapag nakakaranas tayo ng ulan, medyo bumabagal ang takbo ng trapiko,’
The government has been looking to address EDSA’s worsening traffic conditions via a series of road and transportation projects. President Duterte has gone so far as to assure that a 5-minute drive from Cubao to Makati will be possible by December.