0208B: Impending Traffic

By Ramon FVelasquez (Own work)
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So the only real downside to regular daytime work is regular post-daytime traffic on the way home. There's not much that one can do about the traffic situation apart from finding a way to work from home or inventing personal teleportation technology. Metro Manila traffic is now pretty much a constant and there's nothing that one can do as an individual to change things. Even trying to shift your schedule a few hours only yields minimal changes in your travel experience. Metro Manila traffic is horrendous. And so we deal with it.

And we have no shortage of people trying to provide different recommendations of how things should be better. And we also have the usual demands from random folks online for the national government to do something about this geographically specific problem. But the diverse nature of our local government structure, Mayors wanting to off-load the traffic problem to the national government and the MMDA being largely powerless to effect the sort of systemic changes needed to deal with this problem, we're stuck at a stalemate.

I do count myself lucky that it's really easy to get an Uber from BGC. Seriously, there's never a shortage of cars in the area and the only quirk is that sometimes we'll have surge rates, but never as bad as they were in Makati just across EDSA from here. Makati was worse since I'd usually hit points when there are no drivers at all, even when I'm willing to pay surge rates. BGC always seems to have at least 3 cars in my immediate area and surge rates don't last all that long and can be waited out.

And so I'll start packing up in a bit to get ready to go home. Yoshi and I will be riding companions once more, although he's not much of a conversationalist since he sleeps the whole ride home. He might have the right idea though.