MMDA, U-turn slots and those pink footbridges

I can’t understand MMDA’s use of U-turn slots. Personally, I think that MMDA’s idea of using U-turn slots instead of stoplights is bad. Really bad! I mean consider the volume of cars using the slot at the same time. It causes traffic jams. In Quezon Avenue alone, try traversing it by 12noon or during peak hours and you will find horrible traffic caused by one U-turn slot after another. The one at Delta going to West Ave. is jammed during these hours.

Not all drivers are good with U-turns. Some find it hard, as evidenced by the horrible traffic jams at the U-turn slots. I remember a cab driver telling me that he’s been seeing inexperienced drivers causing jams at these slots all the time. And there is not even a single MMDA traffic personnel in sight to help remedy the situation.

Another thing, those MMDA footbridges… not everyone is fit enough to climb the stairs. MMDA didn’t even consider the senior citizens using those pink footbridges. I’ve seen several old people using the footbridge gasping for breath. Nakakahingal kasi. Especially the one connecting the old Paramount Theatre at the corner of West Ave. to SM City North Edsa. That particular footbridge is a steep climb! At least a traffic enforcer should always be on hand to help old people or the handicapped cross the street.

I don’t know with you but personally, I really think stoplights should be returned. ASAP!

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