This week the Metro Manila Development Authority and the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) rolled out a new solution to Manila’s traffic problems.
The EDSA Express buses took to the streets, and guess what? They were basically empty.
Why you ask? Because the outrageous price of trips like Quezon City to Makati City costing riders 80 peso.
Riders can take a regular bus for 40 pesos, and the MRT for just over 20 pesos.
Buses leaving the Trinoma and North EDSA terminals which leave every 30 minutes actually carried little to no passengers on their first day.
A local commuter was asked why she refused to board the bus, and said: “The fare is expensive and you have to wait 30 minutes longer.”
The buses were part of a scheme to reduce traffic during the holiday rush season around Manila – but MMDA seems to have forgotten Filipino tradition of spend spend spend, but get to the mall and market for the cheapest fare possible, even if it takes three hours for a 30-minute ride.
Fares for the new EDSA Express start at 50 peso and run as high as 80 pesos – buses depart every 30 minutes and start at 6am with the last departing at 10pm.
The LTFRB has reserved 20 buses for the 2015 holiday season.