P2P bus service attracting car owners; new route added

P2P bus service attracting car owners; new route added image

Text: Eric Tipan / Photos: Martin Aguilar | posted March 09, 2016 07:57

Survey says 27-% of P2P bus service riders are car owners

A recent survey conducted by the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) has indicated that more than a quarter of commuters riding the premium Point-to-Point (P2P) bus service are vehicle owners who find the service more convenient than driving an automobile to work.

The Department of Transportation and Communications handed out questionnaires to passengers and also launched an online query regarding the P2P bus service between the months of December 2015 to February 2016 and gathered information indicating that 58.95% of passengers were former patrons of the LRT/MRT; 15.26% were taxi riders; 6.84% were passengers of UV Express; and 26.84% were private car owners.

99% of the respondents also indicated that they would use the service again while 98% would recommend the service to other commuters.

The DOTC, along with the LTFRB, hope that these results will mean more private car owners will switch to using the P2P bus service in order to reduce the amount of vehicles on the road.

According to the DOTC, one bus with 30 passengers on board means that there are six less vehicles on the road. Their 12-meter buses may occupy the space of three cars but it carries five times more people.

In line with this development, P2P bus operator Froehlich Tours Inc. has announced that it will be serving the new route between SM Megamall in Ortigas and Trinoma/SM North EDSA in Quezon City on March 14.

Premium P2P buses will start covering the new route from 5:30 p.m. to 11:30 p.m., Monday to Sunday with a different schedule during the weekend and public holidays.

The standard fare will be PhP 35 for a one-way trip. Fare for Persons with Disabilities (PWDs), senior citizens, pregnant women and students will be PhP 25 while infants up to five years of age will be free-of-charge and children ages six to 12 years old (accompanied by an adult) will only pay PhP 20.

These buses will have free carriage of strollers, bikes, skateboard, hoverboards and e-scooters.