Heavy Bags, Kiss and Traffic

Scientist from the Ateneo Traffic Group argued that the flow of incoming and outgoing vehicles is the Ateneo campus, causing congestion in the Katipunan Avenue. A member of the Ateneo Traffic Group (ATG), Abigail Favis explained the results of research conducted by the ATG. Research showed that during the peak hour congestion (630 am-8 am), flow of vehicles from Ateneo only served by 20%. Congestion occurs because there is constricting of lines, because of U turn around the entrance to Ateneo campus. There are two constriction points along the front of the Ateneo campus. Therefore vehicles piled up in the constriction points.

The capacity of Katipunan Avenue is 2.100 passenger car units per hour (pcu/hour). Katipunan Avenue has 3 lines so the capacity is 6.300 pcu per hour. But the average peak volume of vehicles is 9.050 pcu per hour. The researchers also found that some factors, such as?, caused congestion, which limited the means of high capacity public transport catering to middle and high income people. Parking along Katipunan Avenue is so limited that it cannot accommodate vehicles.

Ateneo has a problem in regulating the flow of traffic and parking on campus. This is why, according to Favis, ATG conducted this research as a recommendation to formulate policy. This research reviews the Ateneo’s current policies and procedures on traffic management systems and identify areas for improvement and proposed actions for the short and medium term.

One interesting finding is the impact of the problems that are considered trivial, namely kissing and heavy bagsIt is customary for parents to kiss their children before dropping their children off. Students also needed more help in carrying heavy bags. The entire process, research shows, takes an average of 1.5 minutes. This leads to a buildup of passenger vehicles in drop off points on campus.

There are several drop off points but only a few parallel drop off points. 80% of parents? Drivers? force their way to drop students off at the school’s inner driveway. “Parents do not want their kids to walk” said Favis. In Ateneo Grade School, the queue can run as long as 304 cars during peak hours; in Ateneo High Schools, there are usually 169 cars in queue during the first hour of the morning rush. The Ateneo population is 18,752, but there are 21,100 vehicles, which consist of 409 public vehicles and 19,694 private cars. This number is calculated based on the numbers of gate pass stickers issued. Parking inside the campus is free but limited: there are 2,405 parking slots, around 10% of the total campus land area.

To solve the traffic problems on campus, ATG makes several recommendations, among others, to provide campus shuttle system service from Ateneo to strategic hubs; Push for higher capacity public transport system along Katipunan; And provide walkways around Ateneo campus. But Favis reminded reporters that Filipinos do not have a walking culture, so walkways should be comfortable and safe for the users.

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