The Department of Transportation (DoTr) has increased the number of routes plied by Premium Point-to-Point buses in Metro Manila and nearby provinces.
There are now 35 routes available as of 27 November with a total deployment of 312 P2P bus units from different companies. Five more routes are set to open, according to the DoTr.
P2P buses have a fixed departure schedule and fewer pick-up and drop-off points which enable commuters to cut travel time. These buses also feature convenient amenities like comfortable seats and free Wi-Fi.
When the P2P service was launched in December 2015, a total of 20 buses ran on only three routes, linking Trinoma, SM North EDSA and SM Megamall to Makati City. From then on, the service has since expanded to ferry passengers from the north and south ends of the metropolis and into the central business districts.
Three companies now operate routes from Quezon City and Ortigas Center to Makati City and from Alabang to Makati City.
Froehlich Tours had only 15 units for the 2,000 passengers riding their buses every day. Now, they have 48 buses for their four routes and daily ridership has jumped to around 15,000 passengers.
HM Transport, which has a partnership with Robinsons Land Corporation, operates two P2P routes from Robinsons Malls in Ortigas and Novaliches. There are a total of 14 units plying the two routes, with about 1,000 passengers riding each route every day.