The upbeat reaction to the newly minted Point-to-Point (P2P) Bus Service has prompted the government to give discounted fares and offer unlimited rides during weekends in order to attract more motorists to park their vehicles and take the ‘bus.’

No less than Cabinet Secretary and traffic czar Jose Rene Almendras was on hand at the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) office in Makati City to deliver the good news.

”We have seen 20 percent of private car owners from Trinoma have acknowledged that they want the express buses,” said Almendras.

So far, there are 20 P2P buses, each able to accommodate 40 persons, from Froehlich Tours and Genesis Transport.

They serve the Trinoma to Glorietta 5, SM North EDSA to Glorietta 5 and SM Megamall to Glorietta 5 routes on a daily basis.

The current fare is PhP55 from Trinoma and SM North EDSA. Persons with Disabilities (PWD), students and senior citizens only pay PhP40. These are already discounted from the previous price of PhP60.

As an incentive, a group of five regular passengers will get a PhP10 discount, making the fare PhP45 per person for the Trinoma and SM North EDSA route while the SM Megamall-Makati route offers a group discount of PhP35 fare per person.

A new offering is called the Weekend Unli promo where passengers can ride the P2P Bus Service from 6AM to 9PM for only PhP100, no matter the distance.

Part of the innovation of the P2P buses is the ticketing system that allows the passenger to buy round trip tickets at the start of the trip and the option to reserve a particular seat for any trip.

Aside from the positive feedback, operators have commented that passengers who were so satisfied about the trip and service have left tips for the driver.