The request of Bacolod Traffic Authority Office head Police Lt. Col. Luisito Acebuche for the conduct of a 45 to 60 day modification/extension traffic experiment for all southbound public utility jeepeneys, requiring them to enter the jeepney terminal at the Bacolod Vendor’s Plaza, was approved by the Bacolod Sangguniang Panlungsod recently.
Acebuche said these involve PUJ’s plying the Punta-Taytay, Sum-ag, Singcang-Airport, Tangub and Magsaysay routes. About 4,000 units of these PUJ’s pass through the Bacolod San Sebastian Cathedral along Rizal Street resulting to traffic congestion.
Their plan is to decongest traffic along Rizal Street by extending the routes of about 600 units of southbound PUJ’s. Instead of turning left to Rizal Street, they will be required to pass by Gatuslao Street and turn left to South Capitol Road going to the Ayala Malls Capitol Central and turn left to San Juan Street, and turn right to Burgos Street to enter the Bacolod Vendor’s Plaza and Jeepney Terminal, he said.
Acebuche said a total of 700 PUJ’s will be passing through the Fr. Ferrero Street along the Bacolod Vendor’s Plaza and Manokan Country to include PUJ’s plying the Fortune Towne–Central Market route.
Meanwhile, executive assistant Ernesto Pineda said clearing and flushing operations were conducted yesterday by the Bureau of Fire Protection, City Legal Office, General Services Office plaza team, and the Market Coordinating and Monitoring Task Forceto clean the sidewalks around the downtown area vacated by sidewalk vendors.
Pineda said this include sidewalks along Ballesteros, Gatuslao, Araneta, Gonzaga, Luzurriaga and Bonifacio streets that were once occupied by vendors who have voluntarily removed their illegal structures and transferred to the Bacolod Vendors Plaza after the August 31 deadline.
The stalls at the Bacolod Vendors Plaza were raffled off yesterday to about 320 sidewalk vendors who used to vendin the downtown area, he said.
Pineda said the City Engineer’s Office will re-design the facility and improve it to make it suit the needs of the vendors now occupying it.*
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