In a bid to offer more convenient transportation options to commuters, the Department of Transportation is bringing back double decker buses in the streets of Metro Manila.
But, this time, the buses are equipped with world-class features designed to give a pleasurable and comfortable commuting experience to commuters.
Fourteen brand new double decker buses were launched at the Point-to-Point Bus Terminal in Trinoma today. Two of which are customized VIP units, with the upper floor equipped with 52 reclining sleeper seats with foot rests and reading lights. Each seat also has monitors loaded with games, latest movies and other entertainment apps. The lower floor features a VIP cabin with CR, cooler, VIP sofas, conference table, and two units of 50″ flatscreen TV monitors with KTV functions.
The VIP double decker buses are also equipped with CCTV cameras and have passed Euro 5 emission standards, making them safe and environment-friendly.
Apart from the VIP bus units, seven semi-VIP and five PWD double decker buses were also launched.
All new units will ply the Trinoma-Makati (Glorietta 5) route and will be deployed 24 hours from Monday to Sunday. Single journey fare costs Php 55 and Php 80 for roundtrip. However, operator Froehlich Tours offers a 50% discount (Php25) for an unlimited ride during weekend mall hop operations. Passengers can also avail the one-month unlimited ride promo for Php 1,300.
The fleet will ferry passengers who will be affected by the “no window hours” policy on private vehicles that will strictly be implemented on EDSA, C5, Mandaluyong, Alabang-Zapote, and Roxas Boulevard starting October 17.
Words and Photos by Ricky Velasco