But while this is a thing yet to be resolved, here are some must-have and noteworthy apps that can help any public transport commuter or private vehicle driver slip through the Metro Manila traffic:
MMDA Traffic Navigator
Waze was created by an Israel-based startup. It recently won at the Mobile World Congress 2013 as the best overall mobile app. And following this, it was acquired by Google for around $1 billion.
Like the other apps, it has a map where users can track the traffic situation through colored markers which signify light, moderate, or heavy traffic. In addition to this feature, the makers of the app note that Filipinos have the habit of venting traffic situations through social media sites. So it was made in a way that users of the app can report traffic – and find info – through a social feed it calls ‘stream.’ Apart from the information collated through reports, it also uses Twitter to source information. It includes in its stream all the traffic-related tweets in the Philippines in the last three hours.
The trains in Manila are usually really crowded. Comparatively, it is even more crowded than the trains in Singapore and Hong Kong. So the app also provides an estimate of the crowdedness of the stations. In 2012, the app won the Globe Choice Award in the Google Global Android DevCamp Manila.
Of course, no app is guaranteed accurate all the time, so these apps can even complement each other and give a big picture of the scene on the roads. So let’s be more prepared before hitting the road!