Gov't rolls out P2P buses for MRT passengers

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, November 10) — The government rolled out on Friday its point-to-point (P2P) bus service on EDSA meant to lessen lines at the troubled Metro Rail Transit 3 (MRT-3).

The move came after Transportation Undersecretary for Rail Cesar Chavez said on Tuesday that the government will deploy fewer train sets on the MRT-3 so that commuters do not experience many breakdowns.

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Under the scheme, passengers on their morning commute can take the P2P buses from North Avenue in Quezon City. The buses will then drop off passengers in Ortigas before heading to the endpoint in Ayala Avenue, Makati City.

In the evening, commuters can board the buses at two separate pick-up points — one in Taft Avenue in Pasay City and the other in Ayala Avenue — before heading straight to North Avenue.

Metropolitan Manila Development Authority Spokesperson Celine Pialago said on Thursday that the government will deploy 24 buses, four of which will have no fare.

The remaining 20 P2P buses with fare will charge ₱24 a ride, which costs as much as the MRT for those routes.

To help get through traffic faster, emergency vehicles will escort the buses.

On its dry run on Thursday, the government failed to meet its 30-minute deadline for the P2P buses to get from Quezon City to Makati.

Read: Dry run of gov't P2P buses on EDSA fails to meet target travel time

CNN Philippines Digital Producer VJ Bacungan contributed to this report.