LTFRB eyes nonstop double-decker bus service to declog EDSA

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A prototype of the double-decker bus shown to media has a "VIP unit" with a lounge, where commuters can watch TV.

 

Metro Manila (CNN Philippines) — Have you ever taken the "Love Bus?" It's a double-decker bus that traveled in Metro Manila during the 80s.

If not, you may soon get a chance to ride one as the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) is launching a similar double-decker concept on EDSA.

The LTFRB is eyeing the almost 13-foot-tall bus as an alternative mode of transportation, epecially for vehicle owners.

"Thirty cars less on the roads means that everyone else can move faster. Everyone else will have less congestion," Robert Sy, LTFRB senior adviser, said.

The bus will run under the premium express bus service launched last month by the LTFRB.

It will be travelling from North EDSA in Quezon City to Ayala in Makati City with no stops.

A prototype was shown to media on Thursday. It has a "VIP unit" with a lounge, where commuters can watch TV.

The second floor seats at least 53 people, while the lower floor can accomodate at least 14.

"All of us are choosing cars or motorcycles over public transportation because our public transport sometimes is inconvenient, unsufficient, [and] unreliable. We need to change all that," Sy said.

The fare from Quezon City to Makati City is P55, which is more expensive than the P30 fare if you ride a regular air-conditioned bus.

Leonard Pulido, a car owner, commented that taking the double-decker bus is convenient, safe, and comfortable.

Traffic is still a problem though.

Travel from SM North Edsa to Glorieta took around 70 minutes during the morning rush hour. But this is still a less costly and comfortable alternative than bringing your own car to the road, the LTFRB said.

EDSA commuters won't get to enjoy the double-decker yet, as the German bus company Froehlich will be formally awarded the franchise at the end of this month.

Transport authorities encourage people to maximize the use of the new and improved bus service, as this could definitely help lessen traffic congestion on the road.