If there is one thing that has been long overdue in Manila, it’s the presence of buses that run on schedules and *limited* stops. If you’ve commuted within the Metro, you would know what I’m talking about when I say that commuting can be quite… traumatizing to say the least HAHA Anyway, the MMDA finally launched the Premium Point to Point Bus Service earlier this year in hopes to decongest traffic as well as to provide better alternatives for the riding public. Since it’s been some time since I’ve had to really commute for work, I wasn’t able to try this until only last Sunday. Still, I find this a commendable effort, which is why I want to promote this as I believe that it’s at least a step forward in the right direction 🙂
If you’ve been either to Bonifacio Global City or McKinley Hill, you may be familiar with riding buses that bring you to certain stops only. This is similar. Currently, the active routes that I am aware of are:
- SM North EDSA to Glorietta (and vice versa)
- Trinoma to Glorietta (and vice versa)
- Ortigas (Robinson’s Galleria) to Glorietta (and vice versa)
I do remember reading that there was a pilot before for Alabang to Makati/Ortigas, but I do not know if this made it to the main implementation phase. If it didn’t, boo 😦 South people have it bad to be honest (I’m a South gal so I do know that it sucks when it comes to commutes as opposed to central, northern and eastern Manila).
Anyway, since we rode on a Sunday, we noticed that:
- The scheduled trip was at 2:30PM. We rode at 2PM and the bus left 3 minutes later. Not that that’s bad, but it looked to be a slow day. Although it’s nice that they have weekend service, it looks like they really should study and adjust the timetable more 🙂 If we want to have this service running indefinitely, it should be sustainable, right? 🙂
- We had the bus to ourselves! HAHA
- It was a QUICK trip. As I said, we left at 2:03PM and we got to Glorietta at 2:33PM. Not bad for Sunday, not bad at all!
Where is it located?
To get to the bus stop for Trinoma to Glorietta 5, if you’re coming from the MRT station, go down from the Northbound station and walk outside towards the Landmark entrance. You’ll see the buses lined up anyway 🙂
Not all of the buses are double-deck, but at least, they’re clean! When I worked at BGC, that was the one difference I saw between the Fort Bus and Citylink (McKinley Hill-bound) buses.
Anyway, the following pictures I got from MMDA’s Twitter Feed. The included timetable was as recent as March 13, 2016, so I do recommend that you follow their account if you will be a regular rider in order to be more aware of any changes to the schedule.
Selected Timetable (I don’t have all the timetable photos, sorry 😦 )
Maps of the Pick-up/Drop-off Points
How much is the fare?
Actually, this is confusing. The fare we paid and the fare from the dry-run are waaaaay different. When we rode, it was PhP 45 per person. It may have gone down because I remember that during the dry run, it was around 80 bucks per person. 45’s not a bad deal though since I do know that these buses are guaranteed seating.
I really hope that this program stays. We really do need all the help, discipline and structure that we can get and as I’ve mentioned, this is at least a good step forward 🙂