New traffic scheme to face litmus test as holiday break ends

The effectiveness of the newly implemented one-way loop system across Tagbilaran City will be determined once normal traffic flow resumes after the holiday break on Wednesday, said a traffic bureau official.

According to City Traffic Management Office (CTMO) chief Tony Samante, authorities have not fully gauged the success of the new traffic scheme as classes and normal work hours are yet to resume.

However, Samante said that the initial implementation of the new system went smoothly without major hitches.

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Minor corrections to the traffic scheme are set to be made in the following days, Samante said.

Meanwhile, vehicles illegally parked in various streets of the city were identified as among the persistent problems that create bottlenecks.

Samante admitted that not all illegally parked vehicles can be clamped by the CTMO as the bureau only has one clamping team.

According to Samante, the creation of an additional unit tasked to enforce the clamping policy will help to ease congestion across the city.

Samante also noted that officials will be able to determine whether the new scheme will be maintained or the old traffic flow will be re-implemented after one month.

There are still several other factors that will be studied by the CTMO and other city officials in the implementation of the loop system before the longstanding problem on road congestion is resolved, he said.

The dry run of the one-way loop system was implemented starting Thursday after the Tagbilaran City Council earlier this month passed a resolution allowing the “experimental” traffic scheme. (A. Doydora)



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