A Poin-to-Point (P2P) bus commissioned by the Department of Transportation
MANILA, Philippines — There used to be 15 Metropolitan Rail Transit (MRT) trains operating the entire day. But now, only six to seven trains are able to serve the riding public.
This is why commuters have begun patronizing the once-ignored point-to-point (P2P) buses at the MRT North Avenue station.
At about nine in the morning on Friday, there were still several passengers who wanted to catch the last P2P bus trip.
“Kasi konti na lang yung bagon na umaandar na MRT, so yung pag-aantay ko nakapila dun, sakay na lang ako ng bus (There have been lesser train coaches that operate so, instead of spending a long time in line, I prefer to take the bus),” said Michael Cruz, a P2P passenger.
“Mas mabilis po kasi dito kaysa sa MRT, pipila ka pa, mas matagal yung pipila ka pa (This is faster than taking the MRT where you have to spend time waiting in line),” said Michelle Loi, another P2P regular.
“Based on the information we got, MRT passengers patronize our P2P buses because they are able to sit and it’s comfortable, and two, they get to their destination fast,” said Inter-Agency Council on Traffic (I-ACT) spokesperson Atty. Aileen Lizada
Based on the data from the Department of Transportation (DOTr), from February 1 to 22, the bus augmentation program was able to serve up to over 56,000 MRT passengers.
To date, there are only about 250,000 commuters who take the MRT trains daily.
This number is lower compared to that in 2017 which was at about 400,000 daily.
In February alone, there have been at least 11 incidents of MRT glitches.
The MRT management, meanwhile, assures that repair work among its trains has been underway as the spare parts that have been ordered by the DOTr have begun arriving.
The MRT management targets to have 15 trains operating in may after the conduct of a general maintenance.
The DOTR, on the other hand, said that several Japanese railway engineers will begin the review and audit on the entire MRT system, in line with the planned taking over Sumitomo as the new maintenance provided of the MRT.
The DOTr is also considering the P30 billion buy-out of the Metro Pacific investments corporation to improve the MRT system. — Joan Nano| UNTV News & Rescue
P2P bus routes reach 35
MANILA, Philippines — The number of routes traversed by premium Point-to-Point (P2P) buses has reached 35 in Metro Manila and nearby provinces.
The Department of Transportation (DOTr) said there were initially only two routes in 2016, but has expanded its trips to cover Cavite, Laguna, Rizal, Bulacan, Pangasinan, Zambales, and Pampanga.
New five other routes are set to open soon. — UNTV News & Rescue
Las Piñas-Makati-Las Piñas P2P buses roll out today
The point-to-point (P2P)buses of the Department of Transportation will be plying the Las Piñas – Makati-Las Piñas route beginning today, October 1.
Pick-up points are Pilar Station in Las Piñas City and at Circuit Lane in Makati City.
The drop-off points are at Landmark and Ayala Triangle in Makati City.
The first trip leaves at 5:30 a.m. with the fare set at P100.
Dalian trains to go on simulation run prior to 2018 debut
MANILA, Philippines – Railway engineers from the Department of Transportation (DOTr), MRT-3, the Philippines National Railways, and CRRC Dalian recently convened to discuss the conduct of a simulation run of Dalian trains this October.
The said test run aims to review the reliability and compatibility of Dalian trains before officially hitting the tracks by the end of the year.
The MRT management, meanwhile, assured that the simulation run will not affect the MRT-3’s regular train services.
Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade previously said that they plan to inaugurate the official operation of the 48 Dalian trains before the end of 2018 only if they pass safety and security standards. – Marje Pelayo (with reports from Joan Nano)