EDSA (road)

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Epifanio de los Santos Avenue (Tagalog: Abenida Epifanio de los Santos), commonly referred to by its acronym EDSA, is a limited-access circumferential highway around Manila, the capital of the Philippines. It is the main thoroughfare in Metro Manila passing through 6 of the capital region's 17 local government units, namely, from north to south, Caloocan, Quezon City, San Juan, Mandaluyong, Makati and Pasay.[1]

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Epifanio de los Santos Avenue
Map of highways in Metro Manila with EDSA highlighted in red.
EDSA from Boni station, looking south towards Guadalupe
Route information
Maintained by Metro Manila Development Authority and Department of Public Works and Highways
Length23.8 km (14.8 mi)
includes extension in Bay City, Pasay
From Monumento to Roxas Boulevard:
  • Philippines road sign R3-8.svgPhilippines road sign R3-9.svg Heavy trucks
Major junctions
Beltway around Metro Manila
North end N1 (MacArthur Highway) / N120 / AH26 (Samson Road) / N150 (Rizal Avenue Extension) at Monumento in Caloocan
South endSM Mall of Asia Globe Rotunda in Bay City, Pasay
Major citiesCaloocan, Quezon City, San Juan, Mandaluyong, Makati, Pasay
Highway system
  • Roads in the Philippines

Named after academic Epifanio de los Santos, the road links the North Luzon Expressway at the Balintawak Interchange in the north to the South Luzon Expressway at the Magallanes Interchange in the south, as well as the major financial districts of Makati Central Business District, Ortigas Center and Araneta Center. It is the longest and the most congested highway in the metropolis, stretching some 23.8 kilometers (14.8 mi).


The avenue is a component of Circumferential Road 4 (C-4) of Manila's arterial road network, National Route 1 (N1) of the Philippine highway network and Asian Highway 26 (AH26) of the Asian highway network. The locations around the avenue were marked with great economic and industrial growth, proven by the fact that all but 2 industrial centers in the Metropolis are directly accessible from the thoroughfare. The decent economic growth of the areas around the avenue adds a significant volume of traffic on the avenue, and in recent estimates,[2] and an average of 2.34 million vehicles go through it every day.[3] The avenue is a divided carriageway, often consisting of 12 lanes, 6 in either direction, with the elevated railroads Manila Metro Rail Transit System Line 3 and Manila Light Rail Transit System Line 1 often serving as its median. Although it is not an expressway, traffic rules and speed limits are strictly implemented to the vehicles that pass along it. It is operated by the Metro Manila Development Authority and is maintained and constantly being repaired by the Department of Public Works and Highways.

Route descriptionEdit

A street sign for EDSA used in Pasay.
The northern terminus of EDSA at the Bonifacio Monument in Caloocan.
The intersection of EDSA and Taft Avenue.

EDSA starts from the Bonifacio Monument (Monumento) Roundabout in Gracepark, Caloocan, adjacent to the Apolonio Samson Road, the western side of the C-4 Road. The roundabout is also the marker of the 1896 Revolution by Andres Bonifacio. The 1.7 kilometers of the road are in Caloocan. The Avenue will then enter Quezon City through the Balintawak District, after an intersection with the North Luzon Expressway in the Balintawak Interchange.

EDSA crosses much of the northern part of Quezon City, passing through the Project 6 and Project 7 districts. It sharply curves southwards after crossing the North Avenue-West Avenue Intersection in the Triangle Business Park. On the north side of EDSA is the SM City North EDSA. In front of it is the TriNoma mall and the Eton Centris or Centris Walk. ABS-CBN Broadcasting Center and its transmitter can be easily seen from EDSA and continues southwards, slightly turning westwards slowly until it leaves the Triangle Park after crossing the East Avenue-Timog Avenue Intersection, where the GMA Network Center is located. It continues through the district of Cubao, entering the Araneta Center after crossing the Aurora Boulevard Tunnel. In Cubao, several malls, infrastructure and offices are located, most notably the Smart Araneta Coliseum, the biggest coliseum in Southeast Asia. The Avenue curves southwards and enters the Santolan and Socorro districts, where the twin military bases of Camp Rafael Crame and Camp Aguinaldo, are located. The Greenhills Shopping Center and the Eastwood City are also located nearby. EDSA then continues on its route and serves as the boundary of the cities of San Juan and Quezon City. The People Power Monument can be seen on the north side of EDSA in the White Plains Avenue junction. After the 11 kilometers of EDSA in Quezon City, the Avenue will eventually leave the city and enter the City of Mandaluyong. EDSA enters Mandaluyong after crossing the borders of the Ortigas Center. In the Ortigas Center, some notable buildings around the area are the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration building, Robinsons Galleria, SM Megamall, Forum Robinsons (Robinsons Pioneer), and the bronze EDSA Shrine, a memorial church to the 1986 Revolution. It then curves smoothly westwards after it crosses the Pioneer Street, and crosses the Pasig River via the Guadalupe Bridge and leaving the city of Mandaluyong.

It enters the city of Makati after crossing the Pasig River, passing through the districts of Guadalupe, Comembo and Magallanes. In Guadalupe, EDSA provides access to the Rockwell Center, a major mixed-use business park in Makati. The highway also provides quick access to the city of Taguig and the Bonifacio Global City nearby. After crossing Buendia Avenue, the highway enters the Ayala Center, an important commercial district in the Philippines, where the Greenbelt and Glorietta shopping centers are located. The road then curves eastwards, continues on a straight route to the city of Pasay, and passing the South Luzon Expressway through Magallanes Interchange.

EDSA enters Pasay shortly after crossing SLEX in Makati. In Pasay, the highway provides access to the Ninoy Aquino International Airport via a flyover. EDSA will pass to Pasay Rotonda and continues on a straight route until it crosses to Roxas Boulevard. After crossing Roxas Boulevard, it enters to Bay City reclamation area, where the large SM Mall of Asia is located. EDSA's terminus is at a rotunda in front of the Globe of the SM Mall of Asia.

Traffic managementEdit

The lead agency that manages the flow of traffic along EDSA is the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA), a government agency under the Office of the President of the Philippines and is advised by the Metro Manila Mayors League. One of the MMDA's traffic management schemes that is in effect on EDSA, among other major thoroughfares in the metropolis, is the Uniform Vehicular Volume Reduction Program.

Many have observed that the cause of many traffic jams on EDSA is its change from being a highway to an avenue. This resulted the erection of erring establishment, buses and jeepneys. Subsequently, buses have been the target of other traffic management programs, like the MMDA's Organized Bus Route Program.[4] The MMDA is strictly implementing also the Motorcycle and Bus laning in EDSA, making it the second highway in the Philippines ever to have such traffic rule to be enforced, after Commonwealth Avenue.[3][5] The average speed of vehicles in EDSA is 15 kilometres per hour (9.3 mph).

From January 18, 2016, strict implementation on bus lanes started on the Shaw-Guadalupe segment, where plastic barriers are placed and prohibited entry of private vehicles and taxis on the bus lanes except when turning to EDSA's side streets.[6] Despite the plastic barrier, many private vehicles still enter the lanes.[6]


Epifanio de los Santos y Cristóbal, the Filipino historian and jurist after whom EDSA was named.

Construction of what was then called the North–South Circumferential Road began in the 1930s under President Manuel L. Quezon. The construction team was led by engineers Florencio Moreno and Osmundo Monsod.[1]

The road, starting from the North Diversion Road (today the North Luzon Expressway) and ending at the current Magallanes Interchange with the South Luzon Expressway, was finished in 1940 shortly before the outbreak of World War II and the subsequent Japanese Occupation. After the independence of the Philippines from the United States in 1946, the road was renamed Avenida 19 de Junio (June 19 Avenue), after the birth date of national hero José Rizal.[1]

In the 1950s, the avenue was renamed Highway 54, because of the common misconception on that time that the avenue is 54 km long.[1] Rizalists wanted the avenue's name to remain 19 de Junio, while President Ramon Magsaysay wanted the avenue named after Rizal. Residents of Rizal Province (to which most parts of Metro Manila belonged until the 1970s) wanted the avenue to be named after a Rizaleño: the historian, jurist and scholar named Epifanio de los Santos y Cristóbal. The Philippine Historical Committee (now the National Historical Commission of the Philippines), the Philippine Historical Association, the Philippine Library Association, Association of University and College Professors, the Philippine China Cultural Association, and the Philippine National Historical Society, led by fellow Rizaleños Eulogio Rodríguez, Sr. and Juan Sumulong, supported the renaming of Highway 54 to Epifanio de los Santos Avenue.

On April 7, 1959, De los Santos' birthday, Republic Act No. 2140 was passed, renaming the avenue to honor him.[7] Rapid urbanization in the 1960s and 1970s, particularly after the annexation of several Rizal towns to the newly established National Capital Region, marked the growth of the industrial centers along the road, and several other roads connected to the avenue, such as Ayala Avenue and McKinley Road in Makati.

During the rule of President Ferdinand Marcos, traffic jams along the avenue started to build up. Several interchanges were constructed to relieve congestion, including the Balintawak and Magallanes Interchanges at opposite ends of the avenue. Later, with the implementation of the Metro Manila Arterial Road System in 1965, in order to complete the Circumferential Road 4 system, EDSA was extended to Taft Avenue from the South Luzon Expressway (the extension was called F. Rein Avenue), and further to Roxas Boulevard (the extension was called P. Lovina Avenue). EDSA was also extended from its original Balintawak terminus to Apolonio Samson Road at the roundabout containing the Bonifacio Monument in Caloocan, completing the Circumferential Road 4 system. Until the mid-1980s, many parts of the highway still overlooked vast grassland and open fields.

The EDSA RevolutionEdit

By 1986, political opposition to the 20-year dictatorship of President Ferdinand Marcos mounted. In late February, high-ranking military officers including Defence Minister Juan Ponce Enrile and General Fidel Ramos, defected from the Marcos government and seized Camp Crame and Camp Aguinaldo, two military bases located across each other midway along EDSA. This triggered three days of peaceful demonstrations that became the People Power Revolution.

The majority of protesters were gathered at the gates of the two bases, along a stretch of EDSA between the commercial districts of Cubao in Quezon City and Ortigas Center in Mandaluyong. Over two million Filipino civilians, along with political, military, and religious groups led by Archbishop of Manila Cardinal Jaime Sin, succeeded in toppling President Marcos. Corazon Aquino, the widow of assassinated opposition senator Benigno Aquino Jr., was installed as president on the morning of February 25; by midnight, Marcos had escaped Malacañang Palace with his family, and was flying to exile in Hawaii.


Several landmarks commemorate historical events that occurred along the avenue. At the intersection of EDSA and Ortigas Avenue is EDSA Shrine, a Catholic church capped by a bronze statue of the Blessed Virgin Mary as Our Lady of Peace. The shrine is dedicated to this Marian title in memory of the pious folk belief that in the 1986 Revolution, the Virgin Mary personally shielded the protesters – many of whom were peacefully praying and singing – as they faced government troops, tanks, and aircraft.

The People Power Monument (Tagalog: Monumento ng Lakás ng Bayan), consisting of a giant statue and esplanade, sits at the corner of EDSA and White Plains Avenue. Sculpted by Eduardo Castrillo and unveiled in 1993, the central sculpture depicts protesters standing upon a circular podium, all surrounding a woman (representing Ináng Bayan or the Motherland), reaching up to the heavens with her outstretched hands and broken shackles. A Philippine flag rises behind her, while a statue of Ninoy Aquino and an eternal flame stand on either side at its base. A huge, limestone-faced wall with grooves for ribbons in the national colors forms a backdrop to the scene. The surrounding pavement contains a row of flagstaffs, and is the center for protests and ceremonies held on the Revolution's anniversary of February 25.

Recent historyEdit

EDSA-Roosevelt (Muñoz) in 2007, before the completion of the LRT-1 extension.
EDSA-Cubao heading northbound towards Kamuning.

After the People Power Revolution, the highway was commonly referred to as EDSA, and it was connected to its southern extensions.

In 1997, construction began on the Manila Metro Rail Transit System, which runs the length of EDSA from North Avenue to Taft Avenue. It was opened under Joseph Estrada, the thirteenth President of the Philippines.[8][9]

The Second EDSA Revolution, which also took place along the avenue, resulted in the peaceful ouster of President Estrada following his impeachment trial. He was succeeded by his Vice-President, Gloria Macapagal Arroyo. She was sworn in on the terrace of EDSA Shrine by then-Chief Justice Hilario Davide, Jr. at noon on January 20, 2001, several hours before Estrada and his family fled Malacañang Palace.

The EDSA III, which also took place along the avenue from April 25 to May 1 of the same year, resulted in violence when the supporters of former President Estrada attempted to storm the presidential palace and the military and police were ordered to use their arms to drive them back. Arroyo declared a state of rebellion because of the violence and prominent political personalities affiliated with Estrada were charged and arrested.

In 2006, the avenue was further extended from Roxas Boulevard to the SM Mall of Asia, where it now ends at the Mall of Asia Globe and roundabout. That same year the avenue was badly damaged in September, when Typhoon Milenyo hit Manila.

In 2010, the Manila LRT Line 1 (LRT-1) of the Manila Light Rail Transit System was extended from Monumento to Roosevelt, ultimately transversing EDSA to end at the site of the current North Avenue MRT Station.

Mass rally against the Reproductive Health Bill held at the Ortigas Interchange

In August 2012, prior to the Congressional hearing of the controversial Reproductive Health Bill, the Catholic Church assembled a mass rally on EDSA to oppose the proposition.[10]

On September 11, 2013, a prayer vigil dubbed as EDSA Tayo was held at the EDSA Shrine, where around 500–700 people were gathered to called for the abolition of the Priority Development Assistance Fund.[11]

On February 25, 2015, thousands of people from various socio-civic, political and religious groups held a demonstration along EDSA, demanding that President Benigno Aquino III stand down. The protests were confined to an area near the Santolan intersection because of police prevented crowds from reaching the People Power Monument.[12][13]

On August 27–31 of the same year, Iglesia ni Cristo adherents staged demonstrations along EDSA near SM Megamall. They called on then-Justice Secretary Leila De Lima to focus on issues such as the SAF 44 Incident instead of a case filed by former INC minister Isaias Samson, Jr., against Church leaders. This, they claimed, was intervention that violated the constitutional provision separating church and state.[14]

On September 9, 2015, the Philippine National Police (PNP) deployed the Highway Patrol Group to support MMDA traffic constables easing traffic on congested segments of EDSA.[15]

On November 30, 2016, the largest anti-Marcos protest in the 21st century were conducted in the People Power Monument, various urban cities and rural provinces in the country following the controversial burial of Ferdinand Marcos at the Libingan ng mga Bayani.[16][17]

On November 5, 2017, called this event as Lord, Heal Our Land, led by Lingayen-Dagupan Archbishop Socrates Villegas, about thousands of opponents of Duterte attend a mass held in EDSA shrine.[18] Tindig Pilipinas key people, Then-senator Antonio Trillanes and Then-representative Gary Alejano also attended the event.[19]

On February 22, 2018, Groups gathered at People Power Monument to hold a prayer vigil late at night, and showing the opposition to the proposed Charter change.[20]

On February 22, 2020, Demonstrators gathered at the People Power Monument to protest the "allowing the China to breach the Philippine sovereignty" and calling to President Rodrigo Duterte to resign from the office.[21]


Intersections are numbered by kilometer post, with Rizal Park in Manila designated as kilometer zero

   N1 (MacArthur Highway) / N150 (Rizal Avenue Extension)Bonifacio Monument. Northern terminus. Continues west as    N120 / AH26 (Samson Road).
5th Street (B. Serrano)Westbound access via U-turn slot
8th Street (A. De Jesus)Unsignaled intersection. Access to 5th Avenue.
Biglang Awa StreetWestbound access via U-turn slot. Access to 10th Avenue.
Katipunan StreetWestbound entry only from the West Service Road
Quezon City10.942–
    N160 (Bonifacio Avenue) / E1 / AH26 (North Luzon Expressway) – Manila, BaguioBalintawak Cloverleaf
  N127 (East Service Road) – Quirino Highway, Baesa[28]Westbound access only
Kaingin Road / Howmart RoadAccess from opposite direction via U-turn slot
12.4257.721Dario Bridge I over Dario Creek
12.6807.879Culiat Bridge I over San Juan River
  N129 (Congressional Avenue) / Roosevelt AvenueAccess from opposite directions via U-turn slot. Former traffic light intersection.
Corregidor Street / Bansalangin StreetAccess from opposite directions via U-turn slot
   N171 (West Avenue) / N173 (North Avenue)No access to North Avenue from southbound. No access to West Avenue from northbound. Access to SM City North EDSA and TriNoma.
Trinoma Access RoadNorthbound access only. Access to TriNoma.
Vertis North Access RoadNorthbound access only. Access to Vertis North Complex.
North end of Quezon Avenue Flyover
  N170 (Quezon Avenue) – Manila, Quezon Memorial CircleTraffic light intersection.
Panay AvenueSouthbound access only.
Mother Ignacia AvenueSouthbound access only. Access to ABS-CBN Broadcasting Complex and St. Mary's College of Quezon City.
South end of Quezon Avenue Flyover
Eugenio Lopez DriveSouthbound access only. Access to ABS-CBN Broadcasting Complex.
GMA Network DriveSouthbound access only. Access to GMA Network Center.
North end of Kamuning Flyover
   N172 (Timog Avenue) / N174 (East Avenue)Traffic light intersection. Access to GMA Network Center and Land Transportation Office head office.
Kamias Road / Kamuning RoadTraffic light intersection. No left turn from northbound.
South end of Kamuning Flyover
17.65010.967Lagarian Bridge I over Diliman Creek
Ermin Garcia StreetNorthbound/southbound access only. Access from opposite directions via U-turn slots (northbound via Kamuning U-turn slot and southbound via Aurora Avenue U-turn slot. Access to Ramon Magsaysay High School from southbound.
New York StreetNorthbound/southbound access only. Access from opposite direction via U-turn slots (northbound via Kamuning U-turn slot and southbound via Aurora Avenue U-turn slot.
North end of Aurora Boulevard Underpass
   N180 / N59 (Aurora Boulevard)Traffic light intersection. Access to Araneta Center.
General Roxas StreetNorthbound access only. Access to Araneta Center.
P.A. Bernardo AvenueSouthbound access only.
South end of Aurora Boulevard Underpass
North end of P. Tuazon Underpass
Mayor Ignacio Santos Diaz Street / General MacArthur StreetNorthbound/southbound access only. Access from opposite directions via U-turn slots (northbound via Aurora Boulevard U-turn slot and southbound via P. Tuazon U-turn slot. Access to Araneta Center from northbound.
P. Tuazon BoulevardTraffic light intersection. Access to Araneta Center.
South end of P. Tuazon Underpass
North end of Santolan Flyover
  N185 (Bonny Serrano Avenue)Traffic light intersection. Access to Camp Crame and Camp Aguinaldo.
South end of Santolan Flyover
San JuanQuezon City boundaryAnnapolis StreetSouthbound access only
San JuanMandaluyongQuezon City boundaryConnecticut StreetSouthbound access only
MandaluyongQuezon City boundary20.778–
White Plains AvenueNorthbound access only
North end of Ortigas Flyover
  N60 (Ortigas Avenue) – PasigSouthbound ramp of EDSA–Ortigas Interchange. Access to Ortigas Center, Meralco Complex and The Medical City.
   N60 / N184 (Ortigas Avenue) – Pasig, San JuanTraffic light intersection under EDSA–Ortigas Interchange. Access to Robinsons Galleria and EDSA Shrine.
  N184 (Ortigas Avenue) – Greenhills, San JuanNorthbound ramp of EDSA–Ortigas Interchange. Access to La Salle Greenhills and Greenhills Shopping Center.
South end of Ortigas Flyover
MandaluyongGuadix DriveNorthbound access only. Access to Asian Development Bank.
Julia Vargas AvenueNorthbound access only. No right turn from Shaw Underpass. Access to SM Megamall.
North end of Shaw Underpass
  N141 (Shaw Boulevard)Traffic light intersection. Access to Shangri-la Plaza and Starmall EDSA-Shaw.
South end of Shaw Underpass
Reliance StreetNorthbound access only. Access to TV5 Media Center and United Laboratories (Unilab) head office.
Boni Avenue / Pioneer StreetNorthbound and southbound access only
MandaluyongMakati boundary25.000–
Guadalupe Bridge over Pasig River
J.P. Rizal AvenueGuadalupe Cloverleaf
Bernardino Street / P. Burgos StreetNorthbound and southbound access only. No access from opposite directions.
Orense StreetNorthbound access only. Access to MMDA Metrobase.
Estrella StreetExit from eastbound via flyover ramp. No northbound entrance. Access to Power Plant Mall. Connection with Estrella–Pantaleon Bridge.
27.13216.859  N190 (Kalayaan Avenue) – Bonifacio Global CityWestbound access via U-turn slot. Access to EDSA westbound via flyover ramp.
  N191 (Kalayaan Flyover)Westbound entrance only
  N191 (Kalayaan Flyover)Eastbound entrance only
  N190 (Gil Puyat Avenue) / Buendia Avenue ExtensionAccess from opposite direction via U-turn slot
East end of Ayala Underpass
Ayala Avenue / McKinley RoadTraffic light intersection. Access from Ayala Avenue either through flyover ramp or traffic light traffic light intersection. Access to Makati Central Business District, Glorietta, Forbes Park, Bonifacio Global City.
Arnaiz Avenue / Pasay Road ExtensionTraffic light intersection. Access to Dasmariñas Village.
West end of Ayala Underpass
Chino Roces AvenueWestbound exit and eastbound entrance. Connects with U-turn to EDSA eastbound, also route for vehicles which exceeds the height of the Chino Roces Avenue underpass.
    N145 / E2 / AH26 (South Luzon Expressway) – Manila, AlabangMagallanes Interchange. Access from eastbound via at-grade roads.
Evangelista StreetEastbound access via U-turn slot under Magallanes Interchange
MakatiPasay boundary31.83919.784Malibay Bridge over Malibay Creek
Pasay   N171 (Aurora Boulevard) – NAIAWestbound ramp, and eastbound at-grade intersection. Access to EDSA westbound via U-turn slot under Magallanes Interchange.
  N170 (Taft Avenue) / Taft Avenue ExtensionPasay Rotunda. No access to EDSA eastbound from Taft Avenue and no left turns (eastbound access and left turns provided by U-turn slot before F.B. Harrison Avenue. Access to Metropoint Mall.
F.B. Harrison AvenueAccess to opposite direction provided by U-turn slots.
32.28520.061    N120 / AH26 / N61 (Roxas Boulevard)Traffic light intersection. Access to opposite direction formerly provided by U-turn slot. Changed to unnumbered highway. End of DPWH maintenance.[b]
Diosdado Macapagal BoulevardTraffic light intersection.
Jose Diokno BoulevardRoundabout. Southern terminus. Serves SM Mall of Asia and surrounding areas.
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi


  1. ^ Sources:[22][23][24][25][26][27]
  2. ^ The west section of the avenue from Roxas Boulevard towards SM Mall of Asia is unnumbered, since it is not an original part of the avenue.

Future developmentsEdit

Proposed interchangesEdit

An overpass over the North Avenue-West Avenue Intersection and Mindanao Avenue Junction in the Triangle Park and a Flyover over Congressional Avenue and Roosevelt Avenue Intersection in Muñoz are already approved and may start construction in 2013.[29] As of 2020, the project is currently on hold.

Proposed renamingEdit

In 2011, Bohol Representative Rene Lopez Relampagos filed House Bill (HB) No. 5422, proposing to rename Epifanio de los Santos Avenue as "Corazon Aquino Avenue." The proposal is currently pending in the Philippine House of Representatives before the House Committee on Public Works and Highways. According to Relampagos, the idea to rename EDSA after Aquino (who led the 1986 People Power) was conceptualized in the aftermath of her death.

Construction of EDSA-Taft flyoverEdit

On April 2, 2013, then President Benigno Aquino III gave the green light for the construction of a flyover at the perennially traffic-choked corner of EDSA and Taft Avenue in Metro Manila.[30]

The project is estimated to cost ₱2.8 billion, with the flyover extending to about 1.4 kilometers (0.87 mi) each side and it will take one and a half years to complete the project.[30]

Barrier-separated bus lanesEdit

After stricter implementation of bus lanes and barrier separation through plastic barriers, the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) will start to replace the orange barriers with a concrete permanent barrier used to separate the bus lanes from private vehicle lanes.[31]

Proposed road pricing schemeEdit

With support from Singapore, the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority proposed the implementation of road pricing, based on the Electronic Road Pricing scheme on Singapore, on EDSA to alleviate traffic congestion, along with providing alternate routes and opening some gated community roads. Implementation is set for 2018, but Rene Santiago, a transport engineer and planner, criticized the proposal because it may only worsen congestion, along with the numerous intersections and side streets along EDSA.[32]

Bus Rapid Transit (EDSA Busway)Edit

The Department of Transportation proposed to have at least two lines of the Metro Manila Bus Rapid Transit System in 2017. EDSA's proposed BRT line will be named "Line 2: Central Corridor". The line will have 48.6 kilometers (30.2 mi) of segregated busways covering the length of the road.[33] The agency planned to scrap the project by June 2018.[34] However, this appeal was rejected and the Line 1 which will be built on Quezon Avenue, which passes EDSA, was later approved by the National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) on November 2.[35] In 2019, Senator Win Gatchalian called for the approval of the BRT system as an alternate to the PNR Metro Commuter Line.[36]

Last March 16, 2020, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Inter-Agency Task Force on Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-EID) imposed a community quarantine or lockdown, which halted almost all public and private transportations plying in EDSA. This paved way for the immediate construction of the bus rapid transit (BRT) system called EDSA Busway.

The interim operations of the BRT system began on July 1, 2020. Intended to be largely served by bus stops along median lanes, some stops are temporarily served by stations on the curbside. The system runs on a dedicated bus lane which is separated by concreted barriers and steel fences.

In popular cultureEdit

EDSA is featured in the film The Bourne Legacy. Portions of the road from Magallanes Interchange to Taft Avenue were featured in a car chase wherein Aaron Cross, played by Jeremy Renner, jumps from the Taft Avenue footbridge to a plying bus.[37][38] Also, every February 25, the day of the EDSA People Power Revolution, the statues in the People Power Monument in the White Plains junction were repainted and yellow flags were placed on their hands, in order to commemorate the successful revolution.[39]

EDSA is also continuously being used in political campaigns by several politicians, particularly those who had been involved in the EDSA Revolution such as Joseph Estrada and Benigno Aquino III.



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