Makati to buy more buses for free MRT shuttle service

Posted at 03/31/14 3:26 PM

MANILA – Four new buses will be purchased by the city government of Makati to improve the free shuttle service being offered to MRT commuters from North EDSA to Makati.

The service, which operates from 6 a.m. to 9 a.m. every Monday to Friday, was launched last March 27. It has been well-received by those who were able to use it.

Makati Mayor Junjun Binay said that their initial run was able to accommodate 250 passengers per trip, prompting them to add more buses.

“Our present fleet of vehicles could only accommodate up to 250 passengers per trip, and the overwhelming response of the public to our program in its initial run has prompted our decision to add more buses, so that more citizens would benefit,” he said.

He has also instructed barangays to send service vehicles to be able to accommodate more people.

The program launched last Thursday deployed two city-owned buses and four coasters for Ayala-bound commuters.

Binay said that the project was conceptualized to help ease traffic and to offer alternatives to its Makati workers or for those who has their workplace in the area.

“We intend to continue offering free shuttle services to Makati workers, especially since traffic along EDSA is expected to get worse because of simultaneous major road infrastructure projects.”

The free shuffle service was able to make an average of two non-stop trips within 6 a.m. to 9 a.m. during the first two days of operation, starting from the MRT North Avenue Station to the Makati Stock Exchange Building at Ayala Avenue.