This double-decker bus service on EDSA is a paandar you'll like

This means fewer bus franchises, right?

 

(SPOT.ph) A double-decker bus that has comfortable chairs, its own toilet, TV, and WiFi—sounds like a bus you can ride...anywhere but in Manila. But it was seen on EDSA on January 7, when the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board held a dry run for its point-to-point double-decker bus service, which is provided by Froehlich Tours, the holiday express bus service operator.

 

The service is part of a joint project by the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB), Metropolitan Manila Development Authority, Department of Transportation and Communications, and local traffic bureaus to lower the number of MRT commuters and encourage motorists to leave their vehicles at home to decongest EDSA.

 

Also read: MMDA non-stop bus service for commuters extended until January 31

 

The double-decker bus traversing EDSA

 

The first test trip was held during rush hour, from North EDSA, Quezon City to Glorietta 5, Makati City. According to GMA News, it took only an hour and a half because the bus does not have multiple stops. The drivers also have a fixed salary, so you won’t worry about them competing for passengers. The LTFRB also encourages bus operators to upgrade their old buses to double-deckers. It said that this would get more revenue as the new buses could carry more passengers.

 

Here are the features of this point-to-point (P2P) double-decker bus:

  • Ergonomic reclining seats
  • Foot rests
  • Luggage and bike compartments
  • Seats for pregnant women and PWDs
  • Toilet
  • TV
  • WiFi
  • GPS
  • CCTV camera
  • No hand straps because standing is not allowed (Yes!)
  • VIP lounge, with videoke (Only on the prototypes)

 

VIP lounge


Comfy chairs


The dashboard looks intimidatingly good


Stairs to the second level

 

We want to ride that!

 

As for the fare (P55), of course, it is higher than normal buses, but passengers can experience all the amenities mentioned at no extra cost. Trips for double-decker buses will start at 6 a.m. and end from 11:30 to 11:40 p.m. They will have the following routes:

  • Fairview to Makati
  • Fairview to Ortigas
  • Katipunan to Makati
  • Eastwood to Makati
  • Alabang to Makati
  • Alabang to Ortigas
  • North Edsa to Makati
  • North Edsa to Ortigas

 

Also read: MMDA non-stop bus service for commuters extended until January 31

 

Photos from Inquirer.net and GMA News Breaking’s Twitter page

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