POINT-TO-POINT (P2P) buses have eased the morning rush hour commute of thousands of Metro Rail Transit Line 3 (MRT-3) passengers, transport officials said on Wednesday.
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, Department of Transportation (DOTr) Undersecretary for Railways Timothy John Batan said.
“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,” DOTr Assistant Secretary for Road Transport Mark Richmund de Leon said.
“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,” 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.
Meanwhile, Batan said the number of running MRT-3 trains is expected to increase after the general overhaul of train sets by the DOTr and MRT-3 management after the Holy Week break.
The P2P buses pick up passengers at the MRT-3 North Avenue and Quezon Avenue stations. The destinations are Ayala Avenue and Ortigas Avenue.