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MMDA, LTFRB and DOTC to launch bus program with direct route

MMDA, LTFRB and DOTC to launch bus program with direct route image

Text: Eric Tipan / Photos: | posted February 09, 2015 07:51

Express buses will only have two stops

The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA), Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC) and the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) are working on the new public transport scheme that they hope can attract motorists in hopes of reducing the amount of private cars on the roads of Metro Manila.

These government agencies are planning to unleash 50 ‘express buses’ that will only make two stops per trip – one to pick up passenger and the second one is to drop them off.

“The buses will travel from one point on Edsa to another without any stops. For example, the bus will come from the Ayala business center bound for Edsa North Avenue. It will travel to its destination without stopping at any point,” said MMDA Assistant General Manager Emerson Carlos.

These ‘express buses,’ according the MMDA Chairman Francis Tolentino, will improve traffic flow on EDSA since these will not be making the routine stops at loading/unloading stations like other buses do, which eventually start the bottleneck that causes the daily traffic congestion.

Fare and routes are still being studied ahead of the launch during the first quarter of 2015.

If successful, the agencies will consider adding more express buses and more routes.