If you’ve been pleased with the service and performance of the government’s Point-to-Point (P2P) bus service, you’ll be overjoyed to hear that the Department of Transportation (DOTr) is considering more routes by 2017.
Due to the positive response from commuters and in order to encourage motorists to leave their vehicles at home and use public transportation, the DOTr is mulling routes that will go as far east as Antipolo and as far down south as Sta. Rosa, Laguna.
The latest P2P bus route is the Ayala Malls South Park Alabang-Muntinlupa to Ayala Center Makati route and it adds to the existing Trinoma to Glorietta 5 route (operating 24 hours/day); SM North EDSA to SM Megamall route (operating 24 hours/day); Alabang Town Center to Greenbelt 1 route; Robinson’s Galleria to Park Square and Fairview to Makati route.
In order to service other locations, the DOTr has announced that it is studying putting P2P bus routes in the following:
- LRT Line 2 Santolan Station-Masinag
- LRT Line 2 Santolan Station-Cainta/Taytay
- LRT Line 2 Santolan Station-Cogeo/Padilla
- LRT Line 2 Santolan Station-Antipolo town proper
- Alabang-Bonifacio Global City (Taguig)
- Nuvali (Sta. Rosa, Laguna)-Makati.
The application for operators will be the same and so will the requirements, which include Euro 4 or Euro 5 emission standards, entry and exit doors that can service persons with disabilities (PWDs), elderly and pregnant women, Wi-Fi ready and their units should be less than five years.
“They (bus operators) should modernize the bus fleet, get their routes from the LTFRB and service them,” said DOTr spokesperson Cherie Mercado.