7/13/2013

LES EMBOUTEILLAGES DE MANILLE ET PAL LE GRAND RETOUR !

Les monstrueux embouteillages de Manille !

Le problème des embouteillages de Manille ne date pas d’hier.

Je me souviens qu’il y a vingt ans de cela, je pestais déjà contre les nombreuses heures que je passais dans des taxis, me trainant à dix kilomètres heures pour me rendre à mes rendez-vous.

Il y a une quinzaine d’années, alors que j’habitais Quezón City, une maison située dans le UP Village près du ‘’Circle’’, nous mettions parfois plus de deux heures pour faire les quelques vingt kilomètres qui nous séparaient de Makati.




Ceci pour les bons jours, si jamais il y avait de la pluie nous pouvions passer quatre ou cinq heures dans la voiture pour effectuer le même trajet.

Néanmoins, nous ne pouvons que constater, les choses ne se sont guère améliorées depuis.
Et pourtant, construction de nouvelles routes dont la C 5 et la C 6, de ponts, d’échangeurs, mise en place de plusieurs lignes de métros aériens, amélioration de la fluidité de la circulation, adoption du colorum système, rien n’y fait.

La cause principale, les bus et les jeepneys, les moyens de transports préférés des philippins qui créent des embouteillages en stoppant et en déboîtant sans cesse, ralentissant ainsi considérablement la circulation.

L’on nous avait annoncé « une fois le métro aérien mis en place, les gens vont utiliser ce moyen de transport et les bus et jeepneys vont disparaitre du paysage urbain ».

Il n’en a rien été, les métros sont bourrés aux heures de pointes et les bus et jeepneys sont encore plus nombreux dans la circulation urbaine.


Interdire les grands axes aux véhicules de transport en commun aux heures de pointes ?
Doubler EDSA avec des voies surélevées ?

La solution retenue à ce jour, interdire, en fonction de leur dernier numéro sur la plaque d’immatriculation, la circulation sur EDSA, deux jours par semaine pour chaque véhicule au lieu d’un.

Reculer pour mieux sauter, ou une goutte d’eau dans la mer ?

In a bid to decongest roads, authorities are planning a new number coding scheme system that would ban each car from metro roads not once but twice a week.


The Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA) is looking into the possibility of implementing a four-digit number coding system, Chairman Francis Tolentino said Wednesday.

This means that every day, cars with plate numbers ending in four assigned digits will not be allowed on certain hours on metro roads.

The new policy thus broadens the coverage of an existing two-digit ban on cars, usually from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. daily.

“The road space rationing program is meant to address the urban travel phenomenon,” Tolentino said in a text message to Yahoo! Southeast Asia.

He added that the number of vehicles in Metro Manila have overtaken necessary developments in roads and other factors affecting trip-making.

The scheme has been successfully implemented in cities in Latin American countries such as Rio de Janeiro Brazil and Santiago in Chile.

If implemented in Manila, cars with plate numbers ending in the following digits will be covered by the ban on specific days:
1, 2, 3, 4 on Mondays
5, 6, 7, 8 on Tuesdays
9, 0, 1, 2 on Wednesdays
3, 4, 5, 6 on Thursdays
7, 8, 9, 0 on Fridays

Tolentino noted, however, that the plan has yet to be discussed by the Metro Manila Council, which is composed of the MMDA and local executives.

“This is just one of the several options being studied to address mobility issues, improve air quality and the overall quality of life in Metro Manila,” Tolentino said.

Netizens have nonetheless began hitting the suggestion, with most of them noting that public vehicles and not private cars are causing traffic buildups.

Epifanio de los Santos Avenue (EDSA), formerly known as Highway 54, is a 24-kilometer highway that comprises a major portion of the Circumferential Road 4 (C-4) in Metro Manila. It begins at Monumento and ends near the Mall of Asia in Manila; all the while passing through the various cities like Pasay, Mandaluyong, Makati, Caloocan and Quezon City. 

Estimations suggest that around 2.34 million vehicles pass through it every single day. And if there’s one thing that it is often associated with EDSA, it is traffic. Traffic jams along EDSA could be very taxing on motorists; the average travel speed during rush hours hover between 10-20kph. Despite the addition of the Metro Rail Transit, the heavy traffic continued to be a problem.


Highway Overpass

In the last quarter of 2011, Rogelio Singson, cabinet secretary of the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH), has announced a plan to build an “Elevated EDSA” atop the existing one. With an anticipated budget of around P50 billion, the project would consist of six-lanes with a combined length 22 kilometers. The question that begs us is this: With the staggering amount of money required, is the project actually feasible?




PAL

Philippines Airlines va de nouveau pouvoir voler en direction de l’Europe.

Bonne nouvelle pour les touristes et les nombreux OFW qui y travaillent.

Si Philippines Airlines pouvait effectuer quelques liaisons directes Europe-l’archipel, tout le monde aurait à y gagner.

Je me suis laissé dire que le ban qui frappait Philippines Airlines était principalement la résultante de différents commerciaux  et de tarifs discriminatoires appliqués aux compagnies aériennes européennes sur les aéroports philippins. Plus qu’une question de pure sécurité.


A Philippine carrier may again fly into European skies after more than three years of being banned.

This, as the European Commission on Wednesday partially lifted restrictions which have kept Pinoy airlines from flying to European Union (EU) states.

Lucio Tan-controlled Philippine Airlines may now resume flights to EU territories, after having been removed from the “EU air safety list.”

The Commission in March 2010 included all carriers from the Philippines in the list, following poor results from an audit by the International Civil Aviation Authority.

“Today we confirmed our willingness to remove Philippines airlines from the list as they show real commitment and capacity to implement international safety standards in a sustainable manner,” the Commission said.

The decision was based on “improvements in the safety situation in the Philippines” as observed by experts’ on-site safety assessment visit in June.

It takes into account better oversight by state aviation authorities and PAL’s ability to ensure “effective compliance with relevant aviation safety regulations,” the Commission said.

All other Philippine air carriers in the list however remain in the list, with EU stressing the need for further progress to reach compliance with safety rules.


Ambassador Guy Ledoux of the EU Delegation to the Philippines welcomed the new development, congratulating the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines.


“This is a confirmation of the great work performed by our Filipino partners, especially CAAP and Philippines Airlines, in addressing air safety issues,” he noted.



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