Filipino commuters got a treat yesterday as the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) started the dry run of Point-to-Point (P2P) Bus Service in order to gauge the feasibility of making it permanent.
Double-decker buses from Froehlich Tours were the units on hand for passengers to try out the overall response to the service and quality of the ride. The response was generally positive.
The ride, which began at 8AM, started in SM North EDSA in Quezon City going to Glorietta 5 in Makati City, reaching its destination after one hour and fifteen minutes.
Passengers commented on social media that the P2P buses were ‘more spacious and comfortable than regular buses.’
LTFRB Chairman Winston Ginez is delighted by the outcome and is encouraging motorists to try the service out.
“We are happy with the positive response of our commuters who rode the Premium double-decker bus as well as encourage commentaries in social media. We will definitely expand the Premium Point-to-Point Bus routes and roll out more high quality and premium buses in major thoroughfares in Metro Manila,” said Ginez.
The three initial routes of the P2P Bus Service are Trinoma to Glorietta 5; SM North EDSA to Glorietta 5 and SM Megamall to Glorietta 5.
But with these new developments, the Board will be adding several more routes, 1) Fairview to Makati Commercial Business District (CBD) and Ortigas CBD to Makati CBD, 2) Katipunan to Makati CBD and Eastwood to Makati CBD, and 3) Alabang to Ortigas CBD and Alabang to Makati CBD.
The Board is also currently in the process of selecting bus operators for the new P2P routes starting in June.