The Buses on EDSA | Daily Prompt: Flip Flop

Think of a topic or issue about which you’ve switched your opinion. Why the change?

Buses are usually fun to ride.

“Usually” because, on most Philippine roads, they are okay vehicles but once on EDSA and Commonwealth Ave., they turn into nightmares on wheels. The fear that they send their passengers could make even an atheist pray—or so the joke is told.

These days, buses are anything but funny anymore.

EDSA is notorious for its traffic and one of the infamous causes of it are the buses. Or, to be precise, the way drivers hog the road and race with other bus drivers to get more passengers or be at the stop first. Such behavior doesn’t just cause jam and gridlocks—they’ve brought destruction upon the land and sent a number of people to their untimely deaths.

People have been of the opinion that one of the ways to ease the traffic is to lessen the buses or reroute them. Back then, I was not at all for that idea. But, after seeing a number of pictures of EDSA from interesting angles plus inside stories, I have begun to change my mind.

Buses on EDSA (pics from Google Search)
Buses on EDSA (pics from Google Search)
Buses on EDSA (pics from Google Search)
Buses on EDSA (pics from Google Search)
Buses on EDSA (pics from Google Search)
Buses on EDSA (pics from Google Search)

Also, a friend shared a link about how Seoul solved their traffic problems by doing something with their buses.

With proofs like those and a solution like from South Korea, I have come close to doing a 180. For the record, I’m not saying to do away with all the buses. That would just be wrong; it’d be a disservice to the people. There’s a way of keeping the buses (most of them, at least) alive and EDSA free—or less—of disasters.

 

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  1. The condition in Kerala is pretty much the same when it comes to buses.

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    1. Mati Serrano says:

      Oh. So what is the govt there doing about it?

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      1. Don’t think they are doing anything. I don’t live there anymore but I visit once a year. The conditions haven’t changed at all.

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        1. Mati Serrano says:

          Well, that’s a bummer. Too bad.

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  2. Have been there. Crazy drivers.

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    1. Mati Serrano says:

      Crazy–on certain days–seem like an understatement.
      They don’t just makes buses fly. They make go them through cramped spaces and weave through lanes that defy belief.

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  3. Abigail says:

    I love bus trips when I’m home in Palawan. I look forward to having seven hours to myself just to listen to music, daydream, and enjoy the views of the countryside through the window. But in Manila? Oh dear lord, no. I’ll take the sweaty crowds of the trains instead.

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    1. Mati Serrano says:

      Yes to that. Buses that go beyond the metro are relaxing rides.
      But once they enter the city limits, it’s like Dr. Jekyll turned into Mr. Hyde all of a sudden. You will fear for your life.

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  4. ahsanheal says:

    same races of buses on Delhi Roads too!

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    1. Mati Serrano says:

      Yeah, I’ve heard traffic is bad there too.
      How is it now?

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