As Metro Manila begins to reopen, more and more public transport services have resumed operations albeit in limited number and capacity. One of those services is the premium point-to-point (P2P) buses that ply various routes around the nation's capital.
Given that they are only allowed to carry a limited number of passengers, catching a ride on the P2P has become quite hard. In order to make life easier for commuters to get a ride on P2P buses, Toyota Motor Philippines (TMP) has launched a new free booking service application called Swatride.
“In consultation with the Department of Transportation (DOTr) and the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB), TMP aims to support the government’s efforts in providing reliable, convenient, and safe transportation for the commuting public, amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Likewise, TMP worked with Delta Neo Solutions, the transport service operator of P2P buses of the identified high-ridership route, to seamlessly integrate Swatride in the passengers’ experience .” TMP said in a statement.
The Swatride app gives commuters a more convenient booking experience, as passengers can view seat availability and directly book their trip with preferred seats in advance. This then “enables precautionary controls” that help both the public and the government in controlling the spread of COVID-19. Rather than having to line up and crowd with other commuters, they can easily get a seat from a safer environment.
For the time being, the Swatride app is only available for P2P buses plying the UP Town Center – Glorietta 3 route. It will be available and free to use from July 20, 2020, to October 20, 2020.
TMP's Swatride app is now available for download from the Apple Store, Google Play, and Huawei App Gallery. Interestingly, the same app was previously used for the booking service for healthcare workers during the enhanced community quarantine (ECQ).