DOTr launches Clark-Manila bus route

Sun.Star Pampanga - - FRONT PAGE - BY MARNA DAGUMBOY DEL ROSARIO Sun.Star Cor­re­spon­dent


FREEPORT — The first pre­mium Point-to-Point (P2P) bus ser­vice in Pam­panga kicked off yes­ter­day its new­est Clark–Ni­noy Aquino In­ter­na­tional Air­port (NAIA) and Clark–North EDSA, Que­zon City routes.

Department of Trans­porta­tion (DOTr) Sec­re­tary Arthur Tu­gade led the of­fi­cial launch­ing of the Ge­n­e­sis P2P bus ser­vice which will ferry pas­sen­gers com­ing from Clark In­ter­na­tional Air­port go­ing to NAIA-3 and vice versa.

Start­ing Septem­ber 15, the Clark–NAIA route will have stopovers in Robin­son’s Gal­le­ria and Re­sorts World Manila, where pas­sen­gers may be dropped off or picked up. Another route, Clark–Tri­noma in North EDSA and vice-versa, will also be avail­able.

Ac­cord­ing to Ge­n­e­sis Trans­port Ser­vice Inc. Op­er­a­tions Man­ager Rely Jal­buna, 10 buses will be de­ployed to start their bus ser­vice which will have their first trip at 4:00 am and last trip at 9:00 pm for both routes.

Fare is P350 from Clark to NAIA and Re­sorts World, P300 to Robin­son’s Gal­le­ria, and P250 to Tr i noma.

Jal­buna said Ge­n­e­sis was the de facto bus link of Clark to the out­side world even be­fore the bid­ding, as it op­er­ated the shut­tle ser­vice be­tween Clark air­port and points in Metro Manila.

“Clark and Ge­n­e­sis have been part­ners for years on a shut­tle op­er­a­tion ba­sis. That we won in the bid­ding for the P2P bus ser­vice based at Clark just sealed out a per­ma­nent part­ner­ship,” he added.

Ge­n­e­sis won the pub­lic bid­ding for the 48 fran­chised lines where it will roll out its brand­new units for the P2P buses to serve the two routes.

The buses can cater to 50 pas­sen­gers and are equipped with com­fort­able re­clin­ing seats, Wi-Fi, GPS, CCTV, charg­ing sta­tions for mo­bile gad­gets and other safety fea­tures. These fea­tures are ex­pected to make the long dis­tance travel from Pam­panga to Manila a lot safer and more com­fort­able.

Dur­ing the launch­ing, Tu­gade said that the P2P bus ser­vice is a project that he al­ways felt would im­prove travel in the coun­try.

“The P2P is a very laud­able project that must be pushed, pushed, pushed. We started with just four P2P routes and now we have 12,” Tu­gade said.

The sec­re­tary said the DoTR is eye­ing to have 66 P2P bus ser­vice by the end of Pres­i­dent Ro­drigo Duterte’s ad­min­is­tra­tion.

Tu­gade also an­nounced the launch of six more routes from Clark be­fore the end of the year. Among those routes are Clark-Lubao, Pam­panga; ClarkDagu­pan, Pan­gasi­nan; Clark-Su­bic, Zam­bales; ClarkMalo­los, Bu­la­can; Clark-Tar­lac; and Clark-San Jose in Nueva Ecija.

At­tend­ing the launch were DOTr Un­der­sec­re­tary for Road Tim Orbos, board mem­bers Aileen Lizada and Ron­aldo Corpuz of the Land Trans­porta­tion Fran­chis­ing and Reg­u­la­tory Board, and Ge­n­e­sis Pres­i­dent and Gen­eral Man­ager Riza An­gara Moises.

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