MRT-3 bus program operates with 5-minute interval
Passengers of the Metro Rail Transit Line 3’s (MRT-3) Bus Augmentation Program can expect buses to be deployed on a fixed interval of five minutes from designated pick-up and drop-off points along the MRT-3 line. The program, which was launched last June 1, deploys at least 90 buses from 5:30 AM to 8:00 PM. The pick-up points are located in North Avenue and Quezon Avenue in Quezon City, Taft Avenue in Manila, and Ayala in Makati.
According to the Department of Transportation (DOTr), the bus program aims to offset the reduced capacity of the MRT-3 due to the implementation of the one-meter physical distancing rule inside trains . Since its implementation, the program has carried 4,383 passengers in need of transportation to go to their workplaces.
Mandaluyong City offers shuttle service for commuters
The local government of Mandaluyong City provides a shuttle service to commuters in the area. The city’s Public Information Office announced the shuttle service routes and schedule on their Facebook page last June 5. The shuttle was launched to help residents who are returning to work after businesses and work resumed under the general community quarantine (GCQ) .
The service will operate from 6:00 AM to 7:00 PM with routes along Boni-Pioneer, Aglipay, Kalentong, Shaw, EDSA, Julia Vargas, San Miguel, Sheridan, and back. Drivers and commuters are required to follow strict safety protocols such as mandatory wearing of face masks and social distancing.
More bus routes open for commuters
Additional bus routes were approved by the DOTr and the Land Transportation and Franchising Regulatory Board (LTFRB) on June 8. The four new bus routes include Monumento to Valenzuela Gateway Complex (Route 3); Monumento to San Jose Del Monte, Bulacan (Route 21); Gilmore to Taytay (Route 11); and Buendia to BGC (Route 13).
The routes that were opened previously are as follows:
• Route 1: Monumento to Balagtas, Bulacan
• Route 17: EDSA to Montalban, Rizal
• Route 18: Parañaque International Terminal Exchange to Ninoy Aquino International Airport Loop
• Route 5: Angat to Quezon Ave.
• Route 28: Dasmariñas, Cavite to National Capital Region
• Route 9: Cubao-Antipolo (to augment LRT-2)
• Route 17: EDSA Taft-Monumento (to augment LRT-1)
• Portion of Route E: EDSA Carousel (to augment MRT-3)
The routes were added to provide more buses to commuters as public transportation remains limited under GCQ in Metro Manila .