MMDA non-stop bus service for commuters extended until January 31
It might even become permanent!
(SPOT.ph) We'll take any alternative not to drive in Manila—if commuting were more hassle-free. In December 2015, the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) started its Holiday Non-Stop Bus service to encourage motorists to leave their vehicles at home, in an effort to decongest EDSA. The service was supposedly just for the holiday season, but with the positive response from commuters, the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) has extended the special permit of these buses until January 31, and will soon include them as additional routes for the premium point-to-point (P2P) bus service.
— LTFRB_CHAIRMAN (@LTFRB_Chairman) Enero 4, 2016
On January 5, LTFRB Chair Winston Ginez said Froehlich Tours filed for an extension with a reduced fare of P55, from the previous P64 from SM North to Ayala, and P60 from TriNoma to Ayala. In a resolution signed on December 23, 2015, the LTFRB cited the need to extend the special permits up to January 31 for continuity of service. The board intends to make the premium bus service permanent.
The Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC) earlier approved the P2P bus service for six routes, which were bundled into three packages by the LTFRB: Fairview to Makati and Ortigas to Makati; Katipunan to Makati and Libis to Makati; and Alabang to Makati and Alabang to Ortigas. According to Ginez, the holiday bus routes (SM North to Glorietta 5, TriNoma to Glorietta 5, and SM Megamall to Glorietta 5) will be included as the fourth package.
Holiday Non-Stop Bus
Waiting area in SM North
Photos from LTFRB’s Twitter page