IN a bid to promote the Pasig river ferry as an alternative mode of transportation, Megaworld Corp. is providing commuters free shuttle service from Uptown complex in Taguig City to Guadalupe Station in Makati City.
The free shuttle ride was launched Friday and will run until first week of January.
Thomas Orbos, general manager of the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA), said the project, an endeavor of the Inter-Agency Council on Traffic, is aimed at promoting inter-modal transport and make it more convenient for Pasig river ferry passengers going to their destinations in Manila from the capital’s eastern cities.
“This partnership with Megaworld is a big help in the government’s concerted effort to come up with measures to improve traffic conditions in Metro Manila,” Orbos said.
“To fix and widen the services of the Pasig river ferry service, that’s the order of President Duterte, which we are doing right now,” Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade added.
The shuttle fleet, consisting of eight 30-seater coasters, will bring passengers from Uptown to Guadalupe station and vice-versa while three 15-seater vans at the Escolta station in Manila will pick them up and bring them to Lucky Chinatown Mall and Divisoria.
According to Megaworld, the shuttle service schedule will correspond to the schedule of the ferry service.
To date, the MMDA operates and maintains 11 ferries and 12 stations along the stretch of the Pasig River – from Pinagbuhatan, Pasig City to Plaza Mexico in Manila A station in Marikina City will also be opened soon.