You know what would probably end the persistent traffic problem in EDSA? (This does not cover provincial routes, so let’s leave that consideration for another post.)
Set up a couple dozen electric trams in a calamity-resisting and self-repairing circular loop with modules, double deckers if needed, that can be freely added/taken away at base stations point to point EDSA depending on smart load demand forecasts taken from current understudies, to be logistically managed by a self sustaining computer with capable fuzzy logic A.I. overseen by a group of think tanks amounting to probably 4 people on a rotation of 6 hours each to be paid with a starting pay of PHP 60,000.00 per month, mandated by internal corporate by-laws to be merited annually since we’re talking about looking after the safety of hundreds of thousand commuters daily, that will be run by a private corporation (or a conglomerate of private corporations up to the highest bidder) with profit in mind, and with additional funding with it being a partial subsidiary effort of the government and lower supplier costs on electricity based on, again, perceived demand.
The takeaway? Silent, convenient, comfortable, fast and efficient public commute strategy, complete elimination of traffic caused by some PUJs and PUBs, reduction of environmental hazards leading to respiratory diseases and possibly setting up a bike lane to foster a more healthy alternative since in a couple of years, all that filthy air will alleviate.
And that my friends is how you propose a project. Simple steps, without the jargon this time:
1) Identify the problem.
2) Introduce the solution.
3) Introduce the benefits.
4) Do not let this fall into the conniving hands of some politicians.
5) Get funding.
6) Complete within time frame.
7) Give yourself a pat on the back.
8) Boost infrastructure development and foreign investor confidence.
9) Pogi points for the best country in the world, aking minamahal na Pilipinas.
10) Get laid with plenty of ladies for accomplishing this wonderful feat of engineering.
10.1) Send royalty checks to me monthly for this fool-proof idea.