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Thursday, February 15, 2018

Hike in P2P Bus Ridership at MRT-3, An Example of Multi-Sector Cooperation


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The substantial increase in the ridership of point-to-point bus service (P2P) at Metro Rail Transit Line 3 (MRT-3) stations is an example of government agencies and the private sector’s cooperation to achieve a common goal, a transport official today said. 

Department of Transportation (DOTr) Undersecretary for Railways Timothy John Batan said the deployment of the P2P buses to two MRT-3 North Avenue and Quezon Avenue stations during morning rush hour has provided an effective option for MRT-3 passengers while there are still limited train sets running on the train system.

“The bus augmentation program for MRT-3 is a fine example of multi-sector and multi-agency cooperation to realize our common goal of improving public service,” Undersecretary Batan said. 

He lauded the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board, Metropolitan Manila Development Authority, Land Transportation Office, Philippine National Police Highway Patrol Group, DOTr Office of Commuter Affairs, and MRT-3 officials and personnel for their initiatives to further move people faster to their destinations. 

“The best is yet to come for this bus for MRT-3 service,” the transportation official said, citing the expected increase of the number of running trains after the general overhaul of train sets by the DOTr and MRT-3 management after the Holy Week break. 

Assistant Secretary for Road Transport Mark Richmund de Leon, for his part, reported that as of 9 a.m. today, Feb. 14, 2018, 32 buses were deployed to MRT-3 stations going southbound while 13 buses were dispatched to assist northbound commuters. 

“The buses made a total of 59 trips, carrying an average of 56 persons each bus, during the morning rush hour, serving more almost 3,400 passengers,” Assistant Secretary de Leon said. 

Since the start of the MRT-3 bus augmentation program last February 1 up to February 13, 2018, a total of 521 bus trips, which served 28,825 passengers, were made by the P2P buses.

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