Free rides, coffee as Pasig ferry reopens

Posted at 04/24/14 11:28 PM

MANILA -- The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) will formally reopen the Pasig River ferry system on April 28 at the Guadalupe terminal in Makati City.

MMDA Chairman Francis Tolentino said at least two private operators will start their operation on Monday with five boats that will run on three routes: from Pinagbuhatan, Pasig City to Guadalupe, Makati City; from Guadalupe to Escolta, Manila; and Guadalupe to Plaza Mexico via Polytechnic University of the Philippines (PUP) campus in Sta. Mesa, Manila.

The project aims to revive the Pasig River ferry system as an alternative solution to Metro Manila's traffic problems due to numerous roadwork.

The ferry service will operate free for one week, from 6:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m., starting on Monday.

Each passenger will also be given free coffee.

Aside from helping decongest Metro Manila's major roads, the ferry system also aims to boost Metro Manila's tourism, and can be used for disaster and rescue as well.