EDSA traffic cannot be solved by double-decker buses

The two double decker point-to-point luxury buses during dry run at SM North Edsa on Thursday. Photo by: JOEL LIPORADA

Double-decker buses may not just be the solution to ease bumper to bumper traffic on EDSA, analyst said on Tuesday.

In 1980s, the Metro Manila Transport Corp imported double-deckers for EDSA, however it did not last long due to high cost in operations, said traffic engineer Rene Santiago.

“Nahirapan silang i-maintain at saka iyong operating cost niya, mas mataas. Napilitan silang ihinto iyon at hindi na i-expand,” he told ABS-CBN.

Furthermore, there was a plan several years ago to revive the double-deckers in EDSA but it did not push through.


“Kung idadagdag mo iyan at hindi mo binawasan ang bus, malaking problema. Dapat d’yan, kung magpasok ka ng double-decker, 2 bus, 3 ang tanggalin mo,” he added.