Traffic has been getting a lot worse here lately with the number of cars on the streets now. It seems like just walking places is gonna be faster, but then the heat here kinda makes that the not-so-optimal approach, at least in my eyes. I think the traffic problem is caused by several factors that by themselves aren’t huge problems.
First off, public transport. While it’s very good to have public transport, the public transport here isn’t very efficient. You’ll see a lot of jeepneys just stopped at certain spots along the roads waiting for passengers. A lot of the time, they’re blocking 1 or maybe even 2 lanes of traffic, which means other cars have to move around them. In addition, jeepneys are constantly stopping and weaving in and out of the lanes. I understand that jeepneys are a huge part of public transport here, but there has to be better ways. Maybe designated lanes for the usual stops where they wait for passengers. Most malls have this and it works well, but not every place has this.
The other public transport that is common to see here are taxis. Taxis aren’t as big of a deal as jeepneys because they aren’t stopping and starting over and over, and they usually either circle around town looking for passengers or go to taxi queues that are usually always out of the way of streets and such. So overall I think taxis are fine.
The bulk of the traffic here is made up of private vehicles though. One thing that most people do that really upsets me is just parking on the street. Just today, I saw a few while out and about even though there were parking spots off the street close by. I feel like now, a lot of people have their own vehicle, whether it be a car or a motorcycle or something, which is fine and all, but the more cars there are on the road, the more congested it’s gonna be.
I know that this is a huge issue for small countries like Singapore and the way they fix it over there is by having a really expensive tax thing for buying cars. I think a couple of my friends who live there said it was like a certificate you had to buy from the government in order to own a car and you need to renew it every-so-often. Even the simplest cars would cost you a lot over there. Now, I’m not saying that the Philippines should do that, I don’t think it’s a good idea, to be honest. I am saying that the government might wanna look into a solution though because having traffic issues is a big pain.
On the bright side though, I read that the traffic problems are helping e-commerce grow more here. Makes sense, why spend hours going out to get something when you can easily order it online? Especially with new services like PayMaya, it’s a lot easier now.