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.
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.