I am sure everyone will agree with me that one of the biggest problems we encounter everyday is road traffic. Whether an individual is on his way to school, to work, or anywhere else, expect that there will be issues in terms of road congestions and bottlenecks.
And how do the majority of the citizens counter this? By adjusting their time, e.g., they will wake up 2 hours before the start of their school instead of what-would-have-been-a-one-hour preparation routine. In a good way, it actually measures a person’s sense of responsibility. However in my opinion, it is painful and is very uncalled for.
The government should be the one making the adjustments for the people, not the people themselves. And sad to say, they are not doing a very good job.
1. Impose a stricter coding system so more people who own cars will be forced to take public transportation vehicles frequently (e.g. plates ending in 1, 2, and 3 are not allowed to operate during Mondays instead of only 1 and 2, and so on and so forth).
It is not supposed to be on the top of my list, and I know it is wrong to actually impugn their hard-earned privileges but let’s face it: more benefits can arise from it: financial savings and/or environmental preservation, etc.
I know the first one is horrible, but let me try to offset that with #2.
2. Strategic route planning and stricter road rules.
One of the reasons why people want to avoid public transportation vehicles, especially when they have their own car to speak of, is because they will be inconvenienced. Ironic, right?
The situation we are in right now is pretty much chaotic; bumpy as a matter of fact! Passengers can almost board a vehicle and alight anywhere, causing unnecessary stoppage of the queue behind them. Vehicles can do turns even in roads where turning is not allowed. Stoplights are not being followed. Both vehicles and pedestrians can cross the street even when the red light is turned on.
We should have very strategic route maps to prevent bottlenecking. The plan should be something that would anticipate where most of the vehicles are coming from and where will they go; foresee any fortuitous events and accidents that might arise and have an efficient action plan in hand in case this happens. It should tackle the specific sites where turnings are allowed/not allowed, one-way routes, roads where only specific type of vehicles are allowed, etc. Too bad I am not much of a logical thinker and a good commuter myself, or I would have listed more.
And of course, good strategic route will always be useless unless there is an existence of the strict implementation of rules. Putting a good number of implementing officers and personnel in strategic points will introduce big improvements. Impose reasonable penalties and it should always remind the people that road rules are set and should be followed. Loading sites will be strictly for loading; and it should be the same for alighting passengers in alighting points.
Obligatory addition: More underpasses for pedestrians. This way, vehicles can ride smoothly.
3. Trains! I love trains. They are very efficient in such a way that they can carry a lot of passengers in a short amount of time. The LRT/MRT issues that we are having right now mostly centres on the fact that LRT/MRT cannot accommodate the number of commuters, and then it is coupled with idiotic action plans. The easiest-yet-expensive solution? Add more trains, and plenty of it. A more long-term solution? Add railways which would serve as alternatives for the commuters themselves.
In my idea of an utopian state, trains are pretty much everywhere, covering large areas of land. Think NRC-to-Cavite routes. Think LRT-15 or MRT-21. Think of a 15-minute ride from one province to another. The best part about this is with proper engineering methods, you can establish those railways underground, making them even more efficient.
And this is not a very good ending statement, but I might as well say this: What irks me the most is that people who are in power do not dare to ride public transportation vehicles on a regular basis. For someone who “cares about the majority” and “seeks improvement in all aspects”, it is very ironic, isn’t it? I mean, what better way to see the problems that the masses are having and make a good solution for it other than stepping on the masses’ shoes and seeing the world from their eyes?