A weekly update on the latest developments in local motoring centering on the country’s transportation concerns and traffic management issues in the Metro.
MRT P2P BUSES
In relation to the ongoing problem with the MRT-3, various transportation
agencies have come up with a program that aims to provide commuters an
alternative to the said crowded railway system during rush hours.
The government recently deployed two Metropolitan Manila Development
Authority buses and Point-to-Point or P2P buses on EDSA as part of the
pilot test of its "Alalay sa MRT" bus augmentation program.
According to the government, passengers boarding the designated P2P buses
from the MRT North Avenue station need only pay P15, while those on the
MMDA buses don't have to pay anything. Moreover, the buses will only have
two stops, Ortigas and Ayala, as these were identified as the MRT-3
stations where most passengers get off during rush hour.
The government says that the buses are more comfortable and will have the
assistance from the transport agencies. However, negative feedbacks arise,
just like when it was first launched, but according to the DOTr, the
commuters are their priority.
Additionally, the DOTr said that this program is an inter-agency effort of
HPG, LTO, MMDA and LTFRB.
The government is asking for cooperation and understanding from the public
as this, among other initiatives, is an effort by the government to provide
commuters an easier and more accessible mode of transport while solving the
issues at the same time.