MMDA and TV5 launches the easiest way to view the traffic situation in the streets of Metro Manila, the Metro Manila Traffic Navigator (MMTN).
The traffic navigator is accessible at www.mmdatraffic.interaksyon.com. If you find that hard to type there are links in both the MMDA website or TV5’s InterAksyon website. The site has 3 views to choose from as well as different options available.
The first screen that will greet you is the system view, giving users a snapshot of major thoroughfares in Metro Manila. I’ve actually been using the MMTN since its beta launch last June 29, and it definitely help me avoid a couple of heavy traffic areas.
The other optional views are the line view and Google Map View.The line view is the only view I don’t see myself using, just a duplication of the system view just in list form. The Google View is a nice option since you can already plan an alternate route to take to avoid the congested areas.
There are currently 6 major thoroughfares namely EDSA, C-5, Espana, Quezon Ave., Roxas Blvd. and SLEX. MMDA Metrobase is in charge of updating the traffic situation in the 96 total intersections at most every 15 minutes, but sometimes as soon as 2-3 minutes during rush hour.Users can also share the traffic situation via Twitter or Facebook with just a click on their respective icons.
MMDA and TV5 has big plans for the future, starting with the release of InterAksyon.com’s Ipad and iPhone app, which will come bundled with one click access to the Traffic Navigator. they also plan to extend the c-5 route to UP-Balara and add Ortigas to Santolan as well as more routes in the future.
The Traffic Navigator is accessible on any Windows, Apple or Linux browser. It will also support all smartphones in the market regardless of OS.
Since the MMDA does not have the whole of Metro Manila on CCTV, they will sometimes make mistakes. Citizens are urged to tweet the current situation to @MMDANavigator or call 0933-740-1258 and they will immediately remedy the situation.
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I was hoping MMDA could launch this kind of service before. Thanks to TV5, this is now possible. Great job!