MMDA app keeps Metro folk updated on traffic situations
More and more people, especially those with high-end gadgets like iPhones and iPads, are now navigating through Metro Manila’s thoroughfares with the help of Metropolitan Manila Development Authority’s (MMDA) new mobile app.
According to Yves Gonzalez, officer in charge of the MMDA Traffic Discipline Office, in just 18 days since the Metro Manila Traffic Navigator app was released on Sept. 17, it has been downloaded for more than 42,000 times already.
“It’s the country’s first ever digitized traffic information system that lets motorists and commuters view the traffic situation around the Metro in real-time,” he said, adding that the new app (application) is easy and convenient to use.
Developed in-house by the MMDA, Gonzalez said the mobile app is now available free for download from the App Store and is compatible with iPhone, iPod Touch, and iPad. He added that it runs on iOS 3.0 or later versions.
“We understand that not everyone has an iPhone or iPad, but we have to have to start somewhere,” he added.
The traffic navigator, he said, empowers people with information and technology.
“The public, particularly the motorists, are empowered to make informed decisions on where to pass to get to their destination, avoiding areas that are heavily congested,” Gonzalez explained. “They can now avoid heavy-traffic areas, which will be a great help for us to decongest the roads.”
The app initially includes Edsa, C-5, South Luzon Expressway (SLEx), Roxas Boulevard, España Avenue, and Quezon Avenue.
But Gonzalez said that the agency is working on the inclusion of Katipunan and Commonwealth Avenue, where heavy traffic is commonly experienced especially on weekdays, in the app.
The app also allows users to share or report traffic information via Twitter.
It also contains MMDA’s FAQs (frequently asked questions) for trouble-free reference on the thoroughfare.
“We have information about traffic violations and penalties, list of accredited towing companies, number-coding rules, among others, which the users can access even without Internet connection,” Gonzalez said.
“We believe these information is helpful to them as it empowers them, especially against unscrupulous individuals or corrupt enforcers,” he added.
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