Thursday, January 7, 2016

LTFRB to include premium double-decker buses for its Point to Point Bus Service starting today

Over the Christmas holiday, the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) rolled out its Premium Point to Point (P2P) Bus Service. Unlike the regular bus service which operates on the whims of the, well, operator, the P2P service strictly follows a schedule and the buses follow a specific route and only stop when they reach their destination, specifically from SM North EDSA, Trinoma, or SM Megamall to either Park Square Ayala or Glorietta 5, and vice versa.

Originally, the buses that traveled the route were standard air-conditioned buses. Starting today though at 7:30 a.m., the LTFRB will field premium double-decker buses for the SM North to Glorietta 5 route.

The news was shared yesterday by the agency through the LTFRB Chairman's Twitter account.

Though a few local bus operators have double-decker buses in their fleet, these are usually for hire and used on out-of-town trips. To our knowledge, the last time a double-decker bus was used as public transport in Metro Manila was in the late 1980s. Operated by the Metro Manila Transit Corporation, the same operator that handled the air-conditioned Love Bus fleet at that time, the double-decker buses used were the Leyland Atlanteans, the same bus model ubiquitously used by the London Transport.

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