Finally, the Department of Transportation and Communications has come up with a solution. Finally. We can't emphasize it enough.
The Premium Point-to-Point Bus Service was launched in an effort to convince people to leave their cars at home and somehow ease the traffic congestion happening every day along EDSA. The Point-to-Point (P2P) bus service is a new public utility vehicle sub-category that offers commuters another safe and reliable mode of transportation. It allows shorter travel time, as buses depart on a fixed schedule and travel directly from the terminal to the drop-off point.
It first started as a holiday project in partnership with Frohlich Tours under a special permit issued by the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board, but the original January 6 deadline was extended to January 31. It then expanded to more routes by April 25.
Right now, there are four routes that cater to passengers to and from Trinoma in North EDSA; Robinson's Galleria and SM Megamall in Ortigas; Glorietta 5, Park Square, and Greenbelt in Makati; and Alabang Town Center. Additional routes are expected soon, and even the possibility of provincial service is being mulled over.
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Here's your complete guide to conquering the Metro through the P2P system. Just remember the schedule as these buses wait for no one!
Greenbelt 1 (Makati) to Alabang Town Center (Alabang) and vice versa One-way Fare: P70 (Standard), P56 (Discounted*) Travel Time: 40 minutes Availability: Monday to Saturday
The non-P2P commute involves... hailing a bus bound for Alabang/Pacita/San Pedro in front of Ayala EDSA. You can sit down, if you're lucky. Once in Alabang, ride a jeepney via Alabang-Zapote Road and get down at Alabang Town Center. This will take you about two hours depending on the traffic situation and will cost P40 to P50. A cab ride, on the other hand, will cost you P300 to P400. That's excluding toll fees.
Robinsons Galleria (Ortigas) to Park Square (Makati) and vice versa One-way Fare: P30 (Standard), P24 (Discounted) Travel Time: 20 minutes Availability: Monday to Friday (except holidays)
The non-P2P commute involves... crossing the (very long) footbridge from Robinsons Galleria to POEA, waiting for a bus bound for Ayala, and maintaining your balance while standing the entire bumpy ride.
SM North (North EDSA) to SM Megamall (Ortigas) and vice versa One-way Fare: P40 (Standard), P30 (Discounted) Travel Time: 20 minutes Availability: Daily
The non-P2P commute involves... crossing three segments of footbridges and praying to the heavens that you can actually hail a bus. This is, after all, North EDSA, and a lot of people are waiting to get on the same bus as you. The two points are not really that far, but expect the bus driver to stop at every corner possible to squeeze in more passengers.