Here's good news for people who regularly commute from the far side of Quezon City to Makati and back each day. A P2P (point-to-point) bus service is already plying the said route, according to a report on BusinessWorld online.
The said P2P route was spawned by the team-up of HM Transport, Inc. and Robinsons Land Corporation, operator of the Robinsons Malls chain. The P2P service originates from Robinsons Novaliches in Quezon City and stops at Park Square in Makati City.
The first bus departs from Robinsons Novaliches at 5:30 a.m. every weekday (except on holidays) and is estimated to arrive in Park Square, Makati an hour and a half to two hours later, depending on the EDSA traffic situation. The last bus from Robinsons Novaliches will leave at 8:30 in the evening.
On the other hand, the first bus from Park Square going to Robinsons Novaliches will leave at 7:30 a.m., while the last bus leaves at 11 p.m.
The buses will leave as scheduled in 30-minute intervals. The fare is P120 each way.
InterAksyon.com adds that "the service targets primarily families, call center agents, senior citizens and PWDs, professionals and white collar workers and students." It added that "seniors, PWD and students get the 20% discount mandated by law and will have to pay only P96 each way."
"Moreover, [Quezon City-based] car owners who want to avail of the P2P service can park their vehicles at Robinsons Novaliches mall for free. Thus, instead of paying the average P180 parking rate for eight hours a day in Makati and using P300 worth of fuel for the round-trip from Novaliches, they will only be spending P240 for daily bus fare," notes a Manila Bulletin article.
While P2P buses don't eliminate traffic woes, they lessen the stress experienced by commuters. BusinessWorld Online pointed out that P2P buses have free Wi-Fi access, low-entry level for persons with disability, fixed departure schedules, reserved seats, off-street loading and unloading, and CCTV monitoring.