MMDA to reopen Pasig River ferry service

Posted at 02/16/2014 4:53 PM | Updated as of 02/16/2014 4:53 PM

MANILA -- The Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA) is planning to reopen the Pasig River ferry service as an additional public transportation option for commuters as construction of major infrastructure projects commence on Monday.

MMDA chairman Francis Tolentino believes that the ferry system can be an alternative for commuters to avoid heavy traffic as road constructions begins on the Skyway 3 project, a 14.8-kilometer six-lane elevated expressway that will complete the Skyway system from Alabang to Balintawak, as well as the Ninoy Aquino International Airport Expressway Phase 2.

However, he clarified that the MMDA will not be the one managing the ferry, as it is not part of their task as an agency.

"[The preliminary operation] serves as a catalyzer for other private investors to probably realize na pwede i-revive 'yung Pasig River ferry system. So we're not there for the long haul. Kami ay pansamantala lang. Ito p'wede naming gawin pero baka pwede kayo na mag-take over," he explained.

"Kami lang 'yung gusto mag-ignite, mag-catalyze. In-operate namin para wala pong gap 'yung oras," he said.

Although the agency have yet to announce when the ferry system will reopen, Tolentino said they will be having an announcement about it in March.

"Expect something unique, something new and something economical for our riders." -- report from dzMM