June 9, 2009

High-ways

Epifanio de los Santos Avenue, or EDSA for short, is one of Metro Manila's most important arterial roads. One end of its circumferential, 24 kilometer (15 mile) length lies in Caloocan City in the north. Then it passes through Quezon City, Mandaluyong City, Makati City and Pasay City, where its other end lies. In an effort to ease the flow of traffic on EDSA, flyovers and interchanges were built over major intersections. And in the hope that fewer buses would be needed on its route, the Manila Metro Rail Transit System (MRT) also runs along most of its length. Neither seems to have helped much. About the only time that EDSA isn't congested is Sunday mornings, which was when I took this photo from the Quezon Avenue MRT station.

EDSA and MRT track near Quezon Avenue

20 comments:

Brad said...

what a great view

Jacob said...

Fascinating shot! And you answered my first thought - where are all the cars?

Have a great day!

James said...

You found a great spot to take the picture. Traffic doesn't seem to be a problem there. Oh and 7-11 must be everywhere, even in little Newtown there's one on the corner near us.

Olivier said...

une vue grand angle qui permet de bien voir les deux options. les embouteillages étant un gros problème dans beaucoup de villes.
a view big angle which allows to see both options definitely. traffic jams being a big problem in many cities.

Lily Hydrangea said...

This could be the Long Island Expressway over by where I live!

George said...

What a neat shot. Over here it seems that new roads just add to the congestion rather than relieving it. Unfortunately we rarely have public transportation as an alternative.

Cezar and Léia said...

Sunday mornings... wow only good things!;-)
Great perspective in this shot!Many thanks for showing this place empty and peaceful!I think to be stuck there during the week should be awful!
Hugs
Léia

Lois said...

Very nice view and lovely without all the traffic!

Halcyon said...

Even though there's no one in the pic, I can imagine the traffic there. That's one good thing about Jackson - we don't have much traffic!

glasgowdailyphoto said...

That looks quite a scary place to drive, that's quite a drop from the road!

Jackie

Ken Mac said...

love the urban scape Hilda!

PJ said...

All I could think was, "Zooooooooooom!"

Pam said...

Wonderful view of the roadway and railway going through the city. Hilda, you must have been standing on a overpass or flying very low when you took this photo :D

Its always nice to see your happy smiling face!

Don and Krise said...

Isn't it too bad that so many people are just not interested in using the public transportation? Beautiful shot Hilda, and you sure did take it at the right time.

Small City Scenes said...

Super shot.
It seems it doesn't matter how many highways, by-ways, freeways they build they will be immediately crowed. where are all these cars coming from??? LOL MB

huevoscocodrilo said...

Great photo, why this highway is so empty. In Bangkok is never empty, even on Sunday morning;)

greetings***

Vogon Poet said...

I like this kind of photos that show how a city really works or, in this case, rests.

Shantaram said...

Cities look their best when they are relaxed! Nice picture, Hilda!

JM said...

Of course I know we can't live without highways, but they are so boring!... Anyway this is a great shot!

B Squared said...

Seems like the more roads they build, the more cars there are.