As the MRT-3 along EDSA continues to experience glitches, breakdowns and power failures, the Department of Transportation (DOTr) is looking for an alternative means of providing transport for commuters that frequently ply along the busy throughfare.
One solultion that the DOTr has come up with is a premium P2P (point-to-point) bus. Currently, the government agency is testing a model made by Volvo. It can carry a maximum of 120 passengers (combined seated and standing) and comes with a PWD-friendly ramp. This allows for easier ingress and egress for wheelchair-bound commuters.
Each Volvo bus can cost between Php 8 – 10 million. However, the DOTr stated that manufacturers can make their own bus so long as it follows / conforms to MC 2017-034 on P2P buses.
With the MRT-3 set to undergo major maintenance to increase the number of trains, as well as fix overdue problems, the P2P bus program could prove to be a great alternative.
UPDATE: There was a clarification made by the representative of the Department of Transportation regarding the news. In the initial message to the press, this vehicle was referred to as an "e-bus" which in automotive nomenclature means electric. The DOTr clarified that the "e" connotes EDSA, not electric. The story has been edited to reflect the clarification.