Campus Mobility Update #3

October 17, 2014
By: 
Fr. Nemesio Que SJ, Vice President for Administration
Date : 15 October 2014
     
Memo to : The University Community
     
From : Fr. Nemesio S. Que, SJ
    Vice President for Administration
     
Subject : Campus Mobility Update #3 (Katipunan Traffic Lights)
     
     

I wish to update the community of a few more changes in the campus traffic scheme as part of our final adjustments to MMDA's implementation of traffic lights along the stretch of Katipunan Avenue.
 
As many of us may have noticed, traffic congestion within campus and along Katipunan Avenue has eased up a bit the past few days. This could only be attributed to the collective effort to find the best possible solutions to the traffic congestion and in adjusting to situations beyond our control. I say, “eased up a bit,” based on the following data that we have collected since MMDA implemented the traffic lights along Katipunan Avenue:
 
 

Data on Tardiness
Ateneo Grade School and Ateneo Junior High School*
                                                                                                                                                                              
Date Number of Late Students
Sept. 13 (Saturday) –
First day of traffic light implementation
-
Sept. 15 (Monday) - Classes were suspended -
Sept. 16 (Tuesday) 384
Sept. 18 (Thursday) 186
Sept. 19 (Friday) - Classes were suspended -
Sept. 22 (Monday) 215
Sept. 23 (Tuesday) 201
Sept. 24 (Wednesday) 14
Sept. 25-27 AGS/AJHS Fiesta
Sept. 30 (Tuesday) 167
Oct. 1 (Wednesday) 41
Oct. 2 (Thursday) 20
Oct.3  (Friday) 8
Oct. 7 (Tuesday) 29
Oct. 8 (Wednesday) 9
Oct. 9 (Thursday) 7
 

*Source: CSMO / AGS-AHSA
 
To address “weak spots” in our current traffic flow, the Campus Safety and Mobility Office (CSMO) together with the Ateneo Institute of Sustainability (AIS), and MMDA, and after consulting traffic engineers and parent groups, have proposed the following, effective Monday, 20 October 2014:

  • Closure of Gate 1 at Ateneo Grade School (AGS)
    • To eliminate conflicts between pedestrian and vehicular traffic near Gate 1
    • To facilitate a smoother traffic flow at the AGS area and along Katipunan Service Road stretching all the way to Marcos Hi-way and Bonifacio Avenue

This scheme was implemented during the AGS/AJHS Fiesta and was found to be effective for both the community and Katipunan Avenue bound vehicles.

  • Reversal of Masterson Drive to One-Way in front of the Church of the Gesù
    • To eliminate conflicts between turning vehicles at the intersection of Masterson Drive and University Road

The original one-way scheme will be re-implemented since traffic has been decongested in the Social Dev’t Complex-Arrupe Road area as a result of the opening of Gate 3 Annex as an exit point.
 
I hope that this will be the last update on “Katipunan Traffic Lights” from my office. I would like to thank everyone for their support, understanding and patience throughout this “ordeal.” I would also like to especially thank the parents, students, faculty and staff who made suggestions and recommendations for addressing the traffic problem.
Lastly, please keep posted on updates from the CSMO regarding the various initiatives that the office has planned for better campus mobility (e.g. new e-jeep service, bike sharing program, alternative entry/exit points), most of which are already in the final planning/testing phase.
Again, thank you and please encourage everyone to share this in all channels possible for the proper information and guidance of members of the community.