Monday, November 15, 2010

Thousands stranded as bus strike start in Metro Manila

A day after the very light flow of traffic following the Pacquiao-Margarito fight, Metro Manila today is full of stranded people as they go to their respective offices due to a bus strike.
The bus strike in Epifanio delos Santos (EDSA)--a very long highway--and other major thoroughfares in Metro Manila left over 8,500 passengers stranded Monday morning.
Over 3,000 public utility buses or about 70 percent of all Metro Manila buses took part in the strike against the implementation of the number coding scheme.
Newspaper reports that many people along Batasan Hills, Commonwealth Avenue were stranded to as much as two hours.
Radio reports said that the Metro Rail Transit, which traverses the whole length of EDSA is now jam packed as people rush to their areas of work.
The scheme prohibits buses to ply along EDSA based on the ending of their license plates: Mondays (1,2), Tuesdays (3,4), Tuesdays (5,6), Wednesdays (7,8), and Fridays (9,0).
About 13,000 provincial and city buses will be affected by the scheme because they will be stopped by upon entry to Metro Manila, authorities say.
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