With Metro Manila, Bulacan, Cavite, Laguna, and Rizal reverting to MECQ, several public transport systems will have to temporarily cease operations. One of which is Grab Philippines which recently had to suspend its GrabCar ride-sharing service until April 18.
In spite of this, Grab said that it will continue to provide other services like GrabFood, GrabMart, GrabExpress, and GrabPay. But what about affected Grab drivers that are part of the company’ ride-sharing service? Well, the company is actually looking to set up another form of public transport that is allowed under MECQ.
To help its drivers continue having a livelihood during MECQ, Grab is mulling for a dedicated shuttle fleet in order to help front liners, and corporate partners/merchants. Grab has yet to reveal the specifics about the shuttle service, but they did say that it will prove beneficial not only to its driver-partners but also to hospital partners.
“Grab is also looking into the prospect of having our driver-partners provide mobility solutions to our hospital partners as dedicated shuttle fleet for their medical front liners,” the company said in a statement.
But just how will this system work? Well, we don’t have to look far as Grab used to have a shuttle service called ‘GrabShuttle Plus’. First launched in Singapore, the now-discontinued service works as an on-demand shuttle service. This will allow users to book a shuttle service, key in their pick-up and drop-off points, reserve a specific number of seats, as well as plot out the best possible route.
For medical front-liners that need to get to and from their place of work, Grab’s supposed dedicated shuttle service will surely help those located in far-flung places. Not only that, but the shuttle service also means front liners will be able to get to hospitals/medical facilities faster too.
With the MECQ lasting for two weeks, Grab could revive the shuttle program for the Philippines during the pandemic. It might also be beneficial to frontliners that need to get to work during MECQ.