Taguig is one of the busiest cities in the metro, now that Bonifacio Global City (BGC) has become the hub of the café crowd, round-the-clock shoppers, and employees who walk to and fro to get to their respective offices on Mckinley Hill. Especially now that the school days have started, the traffic in the city will be heavier than it was during summer. Taking your children to school won’t be a nuisance, thanks to these tips for beating the back-to-school rush in Taguig City.
1. The most practical suggestion is to prepare early
Set a routine in the household for efficient packing and prepping up for the daily commute. The reason why people show up late for work is that they also leave the house late, though they are just in time for the maddening morning rush. Six in the morning is considered late already because people who would be travelling to their workplaces usually leave their homes at that time. By 7 a.m. you would already see bumper-to-bumper vehicles, all trying to squeeze into the highway. Train your children to wake up early, around 4 a.m., if necessary, and establish a schedule for bath and breakfast. This way, you wouldn’t have to cram on your way to school and work.
2. Avoid major thoroughfares if you can
If it’s possible to search for an easier route beforehand, do so. Use the Google navigation app to help you locate shortcuts or other streets connecting your residence to your children’s school. There are also streets where private vehicles are allowed to pass. The trouble with major thoroughfares is that all vehicles tend to pass through them, hence the traffic jam. Driving through EDSA, for example, is a harrowing experience for motorists. Some vehicles, on the other hand, take shortcuts and other private roads.
3. Consider other modes of transportation
Since condominiums in Taguig, especially BGC, is a highly-urbanized area, you may want to give your car a rest if you need to rush to school or work. Fortunately for BGC, they have buses that go through three routes: West Route, BGC Central, and East Route. You may also want to ride jeepneys, though on school days it is possible they are already packed with commuters. You can also travel via MRT Guadalupe to avoid street jams. As with MRT, you really cannot avoid the morning or evening rush, but at least, you can travel faster than by doing so via cars or cabs.
4. Install iOS apps to avoid traffic
The good thing about technology and innovation is that people always try to think of solutions to age-old problems such as congested highways. One of these innovations is the traffic app. You have an array of mobile applications to choose from and download: Waze, which is very popular among commuters because of its voice turn-by-turn street navigation. The app itself will take care of the route for you. Waze also updates its users on traffic advisories and where to best drive to when the streets are jampacked with vehicles. The MMDA Traffic Navigator, on the other hand, gives a real time traffic update on the situation in Quezon Avenue, C-5, and EDSA.