TO help ease the possible impact of the recent fare hikes affecting thousands of commuters of the Metro Rail Transit (MRT), the city government of Makati deployed two more new buses to ferry more people for free from North EDSA, Quezon City to Makati City.
This brought to eight the number of vehicles deployed by the Makati City government to provide free shuttle services to commuters bound for Ayala Avenue, especially office workers who struggle daily to get to work on time because of frequent disruptions in MRT operations and simultaneous road works on major thoroughfares.
On March 27 last year, Makati City Mayor Jejomar Erwin Binay ordered the deployment of two airconditioned buses and four coasters.
“We regard non-residents who work in Makati as our constituents who deserve privileges such as this costless, hassle-free way of getting to their workplace on time every day. After all, they contribute much to our economy,” Binay said.
With the addition of the two new buses, each installed with a comfort room, the total passenger capacity of the shuttle service fleet increased from 240 to 330 per trip. In two trips a day, a total of 660 passengers are now being conveyed daily to Ayala Triangle in Makati.
On weekdays from Monday to Friday, except on holidays, the vehicles pick up passengers in front of Trinoma shopping mall at the North Avenue Triangle in Quezon City at around 6 a.m.
After dropping off the first batch in front of the PSE Tower in Ayala, the vehicles return to Trinoma to pick up the second batch of passengers.
Each vehicle is escorted by deputized personnel of the city Public Safety Department.
As of end-December, the service had run for 183 weekdays and made a total of 366 trips, which would translate to around 87,840 passengers conveyed to Makati.