P2P bus ridership on the rise
The government’s push to increase bus ridership is gaining ground.
According to the Department of Transportation, the ridership of point-to-point bus service (P2P) at Metro Rail Transit Line 3 (MRT-3) stations has gone up.
DOTr Undersecretary for Railways Timothy John Batan said the deployment of the P2P buses to North Avenue and Quezon Avenue stations during morning rush hour has provided an effective option for MRT-3 passengers amid limited number of coaches.
Batan expects the number of running trains to increase in the coming months after the general overhaul of train sets by the DOTr and the MRT-3 management.
Mark Richmund de Leon, assistant secretary for road transport, reported that as of 9 a.m. today, 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,” De Leon said.
Since the start of the MRT-3 bus augmentation program last Feb. , a total of 521 bus trips, which served 28,825 passengers, were made by the P2P buses.