WHAT’S NEW: Double-Decker Buses in Manila

Beat the rush hour in style and enjoy riding along EDSA like never before!
There are 73 days until Christmas, and traffic in the metro will only get worse as the Holiday season approaches. To prepare for this, the MMDA will start implementing the "No Window Hours" policy for the number coding scheme along EDSA and C-5 starting October 17, 2016. This is one of the clever options that the Department of Transportation (DOTr) is considering to ease the burden of commuters every day.

Another option is the use of double-decker buses, which DOTr launched last Wednesday, October 12, 2013. Fourteen (14) of these new vehicles will be used under the P2P Bus System, serving the Trinoma to Glorietta route. They are available 24 hours a day from Monday to Friday. Fares are at PHP 55.00 for single journey ride and PHP 80.00 for round trip.

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We’re used to seeing double-decker buses in movies. They’re usually painted in bright red livery and seen throughout London. Our new buses, however, come in yellow and black, and are fitted with modern conveniences that aim to make traveling along EDSA more comfortable and relaxing.

Two of the 14 buses are called VIP buses, which feature 52 reclining sleeper seats: each has its own monitor where riders can watch movies or play games. There is also a toilet, cooler, sofa, conference table, and flat-screen TVs at the lower level of the bus.

Also part of the P2P bus fleet are seven semi-VIP and five PWD-friendly buses. All are equipped with CCTV cameras. They are also eco-friendly, having passed the Euro 5 emission standards.

Aside from the Trinoma to Glorietta route, the SM North EDSA and SM Megamall route is now running 24/7.

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An additional route, Eton Centris to Glorietta, was opened recently to serve more commuters between Quezon City and Makati. It is available, however, from 5:30 AM to 11:00 PM only.

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