Tricycles continue to invade the area along the entrance of Alturas Mall at the B. Inting St. side, narrowing the street for passing vehicles.
In response to this concern, City Traffic Management Office (CTMO) Head Antonio Samante yesterday told the Chronicle that the traffic enforcer assigned to man the traffic flow in the area is supposedly in charge of clearing such busy portion of B. Inting St. from any vehicle blocking the traffic.
Samante said he will call the attention of the traffic enforcer assigned in the area and said that the presence of tricycles queuing a portion of the street to pick up passengers coming out from Alturas Mall only indicates that the traffic enforcer concerned is not doing his job.
Samante said a designated area right at the entrance of the Alturas Mall along the sidewalk is provided as waiting area for tricycles that would pick up passengers.
Those parking on the portion of the street that is outside the designated area will be issued citation tickets, he added.
At present, the tricycles waiting for passengers from Alturas Mall actually form two lines- -one at the designated area, and another on a portion of the street supposedly intended for moving vehicles that have to passed such portion of B. Inting St. in between Alturas Mall and Jollibee.
As a result, the area has become a choke point for over a month already where the tricycles crowding the street clogged the traffic flow from the corner of B. Inting St. and M. Parras St. up to the area between Alturas Mall and City Square leading to the intersection at CPG Avenue.
During rush hours, the traffic congestion extends to that block from corner M. Torralba St. and B. Inting St. up to the intersection at CPG Avenue.
On the other hand, Gallares St. remains a concern of the CTMO since the area from the corner at Visarra St. up to the intersection at the St. Joseph Cathedral is clogged almost during rush hours and, at times, up to around 7 p.m.
Another unresolved concern on traffic congestion is J.A. Clarin St., particularly the portion 50 meters from the exit of Sitio Karaw-an up to the intersection near the City Hall.
Also, from the intersection at the McDo drive-thru outlet across the side of the City Hall compound up to the stretch of Bustrillos Road has also become congested during rush hours since the Calceta road has been closed to traffic while road repair is ongoing and the vehicles supposed to pass Calceta Road have to detour to Bustrillos Road.
This further add to the traffic congestion from the corner at Bustrillos Road to intersection at Tamblot St.