THE Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) will test the efficiency of the “express bus” system at the Epifanio de los Santos Avenue (EDSA) today.
The project is a joint venture of the Department of Transportation and Communication (DOTC) and the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB).
Emil Llavor of the MMDA Road Safety Unit said there will be three routes for buses under the system—Route E1 (Fairview-Ortigas Avenue/Gil Puyat Avenue LRT station with 20 bus units, Route E2 (Fairview-Ayala Avenue/Gil Puyat Avenue LRT station with 10 bus units), and Route E3 (Fairview-Ayala Avenue MRT station-SM Mall of Asia rotunda with 20 bus units).
Passengers going to the Makati Central Business District and the Mall of Asia can take these buses which have limited stops. These buses are allowed to take inner lanes, flyover and underpass along EDSA. Buses enrolled in this program are exempted from the number coding scheme.
Initially, at least 50 passenger buses will ferry passengers from Fairview in Quezon City to Makati and MOA in Pasay City.
MMDA Chairman Francis Tolentino earlier said the pilot run of the express bus service will last for two months.
LTFRB chairperson Winston Ginez said these specially tagged “Express Connect” buses will operate daily from 4 a.m. to 10 p.m.
The fares for the express buses are the same as those charged by airconditioned buses, he added.
Express buses are only allowed to stay for 20 seconds at the stations to pick up or unload passengers.
The MMDA hopes that the scheme will help decongest EDSA because motorists can take the express bus system instead of driving their cars.