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Amid Commuter Complaints, DOTr Offers More Free Shuttle Bus Rides To and From Parañaque

Will the longer routes to Monumento and Lawton be enough to attract more commuters to the Philippines first landport?
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As the first intermodal land transport terminal, the government wanted the Parañaque Integrated Terminal Exchange (PITX) to look and feel just like an airport: air-conditioned, with free Wi-Fi, retail outlets and dining options, and with video screens and multiple charging stations available.

But commuters’ experiences so far have shown results far from what the government had envisioned. Many who have tried the terminal's services have reported extremely long lines, higher fares, and tardiness at work as a result.

The government, for its part, explained that the facility is not yet fully operational, hence, the opening pains.

Since its inauguration in November 2018, officials have thought of solutions to convince more people to visit the country's first landport—with free rides for the longer routes as an incentive.

Friends, may LIBRENG SAKAY para sa lahat mula Mall of Asia to PITX! Libre namin kayong ihahatid sa PITX mula MOA gamit...

Posted by PITX on Monday, 4 February 2019

"Not all programs and projects that we launch become perfect immediately. Some may need more refinement," Department of Transportation (DOTr) Secretary Arthur Tugade said in a mix of English and Filipino.

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"What's important is that we listen and we act. That's why we provided free shuttle services to PITX commuters, with the help of the private sector. We continue to work on the goal of giving a comfortable life for Filipinos," he added.

The free bus ride service going to and from the PITX is not entirely a new thing. The DOTr, the Philippine Coast Guard and the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) have been offering it to promote and improve the foot traffic in the terminal. This service has been available since last year with loading areas from the SM Mall of Asia near the MOA Arena and the PITX.

Just this February, though, the DOTr announced longer routes for its free bus service. They launched the “Serbus” project in partnership with the Junior Chamber International Senate Philippines (JCISP) and Megawide Corporate Foundation, Inc. (Megawide Foundation).

Here are all the available routes for DOTr’s free bus rides:

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Route 1: Monumento to PITX (and vice versa, EDSA route)

Stops: Monumento, Munoz, Paramount, Trinoma, Ortigas, Guadalupe, Ayala, Pasay, PITX

No. of buses available: 3

Schedule: Mondays to Fridays, 6:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. and 9:00 p.m

Route 2: Lawton to PITX (and vice versa)

Stops: Lawton, Baclaran, PITX

No. of buses available: 3

Schedule: Mondays to Fridays, 6:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. and 9:00 p.m

Route 3: SM Mall of Asia to PITX (and vice versa)

Stops: Near MOA Arena, PITX

No. of buses available: 3

Schedule: Mondays to Fridays, 6:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. and 9:30 p.m

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