December 3, 2015
Holiday Non Stop Bus Service along Edsa to Start on December 5; Carless Days In Sight?
The government will be implementing a Holiday non-stop bus service starting December 5 up to January 6 to encourage private car owners to leave their vehicles at home in an effort to decongest Edsa during the Yuletide Season, a ranking official announced today.
During a press briefing at the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) office in Makati City, Cabinet Secretary and traffic czar Jose Rene Almendras said the express bus scheme is one of the medium-term solutions to improve traffic on Edsa especially with the Holiday rush.
Almendras said the scheme is a “way of increasing efficiency of the use of the streets.”
He reiterated that with the 120,000 new private vehicles in Metro Manila this year, it would be necessary to improve the travel time of commuters.
“We want to see a shift the culture from car-riding to bus-riding public ,” Almendras said after a meeting with officials of the MMDA, led by Chairman Emerson Carlos, Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC), Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) , local traffic bureaus in the metropolis.
The express buses will be picking up passengers from Trinoma, SM North Edsa in Quezon City and SM Megamall in Mandaluyong City and bringing them to Park Square Ayala Center, Glorietta 5 and Park Square Terminal all in Makati. The fares range from P50 to P80.
The buses can load or unload passengers along Ayala Avenue once inside the Makati City Central Business District.
The operation of the express buses starts around 6 a.m. with trips every 30 minutes. The last trip will be around 10 p.m. on both directions.
To ensure the unhampered daily operations, the LTFRB will be issuing the 20 express buses, which will also be exempted from the number coding, with special permits for the duration of their trips.
The buses will be dispatched on time from its terminal whether the units are already full of its seating capacity or not. The tickets will only be sold depending on the seating capacity of the buses.
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