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LTFRB extends permit to Premium P2P Bus Service

Due to the popularity of the  Premium Point-to-Point (P2P) Bus Service, the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) has extended its special permit till the end of this month.

The Premium P2P bus service is a new public utility vehicle (PUV) sub-category created by the DOTC that offers commuters another safe and reliable mode of transportation. It allows shorter travel time, as buses depart on a fixed schedule and travel directly from the terminal to the drop-off point.

The Non-Stop Bus Service currently plies three routes: SM North EDSA  Glorietta 5, Trinoma  Glorietta 5, and SM Megamall to Glorietta 5.

Originally until January 6, the bus service is currently operated by Fröhlich Tours, a tourist transport operator, under a special permit issued by the LTFRB.

“The service offers the riding public access to a convenient transportation option that can attract private car owners to shift to public transportation, says  Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC) Secretary Jun Abaya.

In addition, the LTFRB is in the process of selecting bus operators for several Premium P2P routes, linking several high-traffic origin and destination points, such as Makati, Ortigas Center, Alabang, and Fairview starting June, 2016.

The winning Premium P2P bus operators have the option to operate an interim service while the required buses are being manufactured.

The buses should be equipped with modern features, such as automatic fare collection system, global positioning system devices, on-board closed-circuit television cameras, and free Wi-Fi. In line with environmental sustainability, buses should be compliant with Euro IV emissions standards or better, or run on clean alternative fuels, such as electric or hybrid vehicles.

To enhance the mobility of persons with special concerns, especially persons with disabilities and the elderly, buses are required to have low floor height, ranging from 0.28 to 0.38 meters, and space for one passenger with wheelchair and a foldable or retractable ramp at entry for easier boarding and alighting.

Bus drivers a paid a fixed salary and benefits, with no incentives for ridership, preventing the on-street competition among buses. Off-street loading and unloading areas will be designated to avoid obstructing the roads.