To accommodate more passengers, the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) has added six more boats to its Pasig River Ferry service.
Rod Tuason, head of the MMDA’s Pasig River Ferry service, over the weekend said there are now 16 boats for the system.
According to Tuason, the agency decided to purchase new boats because the number of passengers have increased.
Each of the boats can carry between 25 and 30 passengers.
The MMDA revived the Pasig River ferry service in April 2014 as an alternative transport mode.
Passengers are charged between P30 and P95 depending on their destination.
The ferry service has 12 terminals — Pinagbuhatan, Maybunga and San Joaquin in Pasig City, Guadalupe and Barangay Valenzuela in Makati City, Barangay Hulo in Mandaluyong City, Plaza Lawton (Liwasang Bonifacio), Escolta, Polytechic University of the Philippines in Santa Mesa, Plaza Mexico, Lambingan and Santa Ana in Manila.
”With current concerns about vehicular traffic along EDSA [Epifanio de los Santos Avenue], the ferry boat service is a convenient and fast alternative mode of transport for those going to Manila from eastern Metro Manila,” MMDA Chairman Emerson Carlos said.
RITCHIE A. HORARIO