Commuters of this city, as well as Dasmariñas City now have an alternative, safer and more convenient way to commute from and to Makati city as MetroExpress Connect, Inc. launched its ‘maiden route run’ of additional premium point to point (P2P) routes on Monday.
For the MetroExpress soft launching, Nadine Villados, Corporate Communications Supervisor, said the ride is for free for their Monday promotional campaign but will start collecting fares Tuesday.
Villados said the MetroExpress fare is PHP150 for Dasma City while PHP 110 for Bacoor City, and will have around eight new buses servicing both cities, with four coming from Dasmariñas and another four from Bacoor.
MetroExpress buses will have its origin from Camella (Dasmariñas) and Vista Mall Daang Hari (Bacoor) and end points are San Lorenzo Place (Makati), and route is via Muntinlupa Cavite Expressway (MCX) and Skyway.
The P2P transport system is one of the Department of Transportation’s (DOTr) priority projects to alleviate traffic congestion as it introduced the “park and ride or kiss and ride concept”, in response to the commuters and riding public’s need for a safe, convenient and comfortable transport.
The “park and ride” is for car owners who can leave their car parked in the mall then ride the P2P bus to their destination, while the “kiss and ride” is for parents/guardians who may opt to bring their kids to the terminal and kiss them before their loved ones board the premium bus ride.
The point-to-point (P2P) service commitment prohibits frequent stops as the buses will travel directly from the terminals to their drop off points.
There will be 6 morning take offs from Dasmariñas City, where the first four runs every 30 minutes from 5:30 a.m. until 7 a.m.; and 10 a.m. and 11 a.m.; while the afternoon take off schedules are 12 noon and 1 p.m. and resume again, every hour, from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m.
Bacooreños, on the other hand ,will have eight dispatches in the morning, with the first 4 schedules happening every 30 minutes: 6 a.m., 6:30 a.m., 7 a.m., 7:30 a.m.; followed by 10 a.m., 11 a.m. and 11:30 a.m.
The afternoon schedules are 12 noon, 1:00 p.m., 2:00 p.m., 3:00 p.m., 3:30 pm, and every hour thereafter from 4 to 6 p.m.
The premium P2P bus service will leave from Makati city to Dasmariñas city at 8 am, 8:30 am, 9 am, 9:30 am, 12 noon, 1 pm, 2 pm, 3 pm, and every hour from 5 to 8 p.m.
The Makati to Bacoor schedules start at 7:30 am, 8 am, 8:30 am, 9 am, 10:30 am, 11:30 am, 12:30 pm, 1 pm, 1:30 pm, 2:30 pm, 3:30 pm, 4:30 pm, and every hour from 5 to 8 p.m.
The new Cavite to Makati routes form part of the four new Cavite routes that the DOTr is eyeing in Cavite, which includes Imus City and Noveleta town. (PNA)
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