December 9, 2016
Free Shuttle Ride to Pasig River Ferry Station Launched To Promote Intermodal Transport
The Inter-Agency Council on Traffic (i-ACT) today launched the ‘Enhanced Pasig River Ferry Service’ as an alternative mode of transport to Metro Manila residents especially with the Holiday traffic rush drawing near.
In partnership with private firm Megaworld Corp., top government officials, including Secretary Art Tugade of the Department of Transportation (DOTr) and Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) General Manager Tim Orbos, spearheaded the launching of the improved shuttle ferry service around 7 a.m. at the Guadalupe Station in Makati City.
Both the DOTr and MMDA are members of i-ACT, along with the Land Transportation Office, Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board, Philippine National Police-Highway Patrol Group and the Metro Manila Council, the policy-making body of the MMDA.
As part of its public service offering, Megaworld Corp. will provide free bus shuttle service to passengers going to Guadalupe Station from Uptown complex in Taguig City starting today until the first week of January of 2017.
Orbos said that the project is an endeavor of i-ACT which is aimed at promoting intermodal transport and make convenient for Pasig River ferry passengers going to their destinations in Manila from eastern Metro Manila cities.
“This partnership with Megaworld is a big help in the government’s concerted effort in coming up with measures to improve the traffic condition in Metro Manila,” Orbos said.
The shuttle fleet, consisting of eight 30-seater coasters, will bring passengers from Uptown to Guadalupe Station and vice-versa while three 15-seater vans in Escolta Station in Manila will pick them up and bring them to Lucky Chinatown Mall and Divisoria area.
According to Megaworld Corp., the shuttle service schedule will correspond to the schedule of the ferry service.
To date, the MMDA operates and maintains 11 ferries and 12 stations along the stretch of Pasig River.