The Manila International Airport Authority is now fielding its Point-to-Point (P2P) premium buses to two new routes going to Sta. Rosa City in the Province of Laguna and Alabang in Muntinlupa City.
The MIAA’s UBE Express Premium P2P buses will ferry passengers from Ninoy Aquino International Airport Terminals 1, 2, 3, and 4 to the following stops at Alabang Town Center and Ayala South Park, Muntinlupa for a fee of P110; and at Robinsons Mall Tagapo and Solenad in Nuvali, both in Sta. Rosa for a fee of P190.
“Starting today, UBE Express, the premium airport bus service opens two new routes, this time in the southern part of Metro Manila. The first route is in the Alabang, Muntinlupa area. Passengers going to NAIA terminals 1, 2, 3, and 4 can ride the bus from Alabang Town Center or Ayala Malls South Park. The second route is in Sta Rosa, with 2 stations that passengers can choose from – Solenad Ayala or Robinsons Tagapo,” said MIAA in a statement.
Metro Manila Development Authority chairman Danilo Lim praised the airport authority and its private partner for the project.
“I am glad we have this kind of project. The buses will give more convenience and safety for our passengers. These P2P has a big role and now we have an option and it can help passengers to stay away from abuses among taxis, undisciplined and irresponsible drivers,” said Lim who attended the launching ceremony.
Manuel Gonzales, of the Interagency Council for Traffic (I-ACT), also attended the event.
All P2P buses are Euro-5 compliant, fully air-conditioned and equipped with a global positioning system (GPS) technology, WiFi connection, Closed-Circuit Television cameras, and with adequate luggage racks and compartments.
The buses have also low-floor entry, with wheel chair ramps to provide easy access for persons with disabilities.
Two months ago, the airport authority launched its P2P bus service covering the Quezon City—NAIA route.
Passengers from Araneta Center, Cubao can travel to all NAIA terminals and vice-versa for a fixed rate of P100.
In February 2016, MIAA fielded 42 premium bus units to carry passengers going to and from Roxas Boulevard and the Makati Central Business District.
Along Roxas Boulevard, passengers will be able to board and descend from the bus at Midas Hotel, Hotel Jen, Manila Hotel, Mall of Asia, and the Entertainment City.
Passenger stops for Makati City include Glorietta 4 and 5, as well as Ascott Hotel.
The P2P project dubbed as Airport Bus Service, initiated by the Department of Transportation, is patterned to the Premium Point To Point (P2P) Bus Service along Epifanio de los Santos Avenue.
The government aimed to improve transportation services available for passengers at the NAIA.
Each bus can accommodate 24 passengers and has large compartments for baggage.
An automated fare collection system will also be used to provide the option for advanced online booking.
The buses will be manned by trained drivers and an onboard transport attendant, similar to an airline flight attendant.
The government came up with the P2P scheme also to encourage private motorists to use the express buses as their alternative mode of transportation.