I wish traffic on C5 was always like this, even without the rain. It is so wonderful to see a road that is meant to serve as a highway actually function like one.
Okay, those who are not familiar with Manila traffic are probably wondering what is the big deal. From the curve (Cubao) to where this shot was taken can be driven in 7 minutes (often less). Unfortunately, everyday it normally takes anywhere from 15 to 40 minutes to actually traverse this very short strip.
What is the cause of the traffic? There are many contributing factors.
- Trucks use this road to get from the north to south end of Manila and back. There are A LOT of them! Unfortunately, it is necessary for them to be on the road and this is the approved path by the government so we can only suck it up.
- There are A LOT of jeeps. This is necessary since this road connects all the major parts of the city. It also intersects with the commercial and business districts. I wonder if they will ever have a bus system or better yet a train system (MRT or LRT). This area would certainly benefit from it and then the number of jeeps can be cut down.
- Tons of private vehicles. Whether cars, vans, SUVs or motorcycles, the sheer number of vehicles is astonishing. This in spite of the color coding scheme enforced on the city.
- The lack of turning points. The U turn point was closed off. The left turn option is only open at specified times. If the left turn option were always available, that would certainly bleed off some traffic.
So in the meantime, I will enjoy the fact that the rain blessed those of us who cannot stay home with a traffic free day of travel. May all roads eventually be as free daily as on this day.