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Averting “carmageddon” through reform? An eco-systemic analysis of traffic congestion and transportation policy gridlock in metro manila

Sidel, John T. ORCID: 0000-0002-7230-8210 (2020) Averting “carmageddon” through reform? An eco-systemic analysis of traffic congestion and transportation policy gridlock in metro manila. Critical Asian Studies, 52 (3). 378 - 402. ISSN 1467-2715

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Identification Number: 10.1080/14672715.2020.1793681

Abstract

This article provides a holistic analysis of traffic congestion in Metro Manila, treating traffic and transport in the Philippines’ national capital region as an ecosystem which has entrenched itself, endured, and evolved in the face of ongoing demographic, economic, and technological change. The article focuses on the activities and initiatives of a new “species” within Metro Manila’s transport ecosystem–the transport reform advocacy group–to identify and examine both the constituent elements and complex operations of the ecosystem and its capacities for resistance, resilience, and reconstitution in the face of reforms. These reform initiatives include a proposed bus rapid transit (BRT) system, the loosening of number coding restrictions on public utility vehicles, the liberalization of point-to-point (P2P) bus services, the legalization of motorcycle taxis, the Public Utility Vehicle Modernization Program (PUVMP), the establishment of bicycle lanes, and the expansion and improvement of pedestrian walkways to improve micro-mobility in the metropolis. The article concludes with a consideration of the efforts of transport reform advocacy groups to advance these elements of their reform agenda amidst the ongoing global pandemic and the government-imposed quarantine and economic downturn in the Philippines in early-mid 2020.

Item Type: Article
Official URL: https://www.tandfonline.com/toc/rcra20/current
Additional Information: © 2020 BCAS, Inc.
Divisions: Government
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HE Transportation and Communications
Date Deposited: 14 Jul 2020 11:42
Last Modified: 20 Sep 2021 04:08
URI: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/id/eprint/105652

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