Commuting can be just as unpredictable as the weather. Road closures, traffic incidents, or even a slight rain can make your commute a nightmare. With the Skyway extension project and several lane closures underway, motorists and commuters are spending even more than three hours on the road. A study by the Boston Consulting Group shows that Filipinos spend the equivalent of about 16 days a year stuck in traffic.
While many of these infrastructure projects should bring us comfort in the near future, heavy traffic might be with us for a while. Instead of re-adjusting your alarm clock, here are three ways you can cut the commute time at your own convenience:
New transport modes
Save yourself the struggle by taking advantage of new routes and modes of transportation. Now there are P2P buses with routes that come straight from BF homes in Paranaque or as far as Calamba to Makati or BGC. With regular trips every half hour during peak periods and only one stop ahead, P2P buses are faster and more convenient alternatives to regular buses.
If you’re considering more convenient modes of transportation, there are more options to choose from with the addition of ride-sharing providers such as Grab, Angkas, Owto, and others. But if you’re open to unconventional alternatives, the re-launched Pasig Ferry is open from Monday to Saturday and passes by a scenic route from Guadalupe to Escolta.
Work From Home
Another way to deal with traffic is not having to deal with it at all.
With worsening congestion on the road, more companies are letting their employees work from home. Forbes listed that apart from lower costs, the benefits of telecommuting include improved productivity, improved health and well-being for employees, and eventually, a lower turnover rate.
When you do work from home, you can maximize your time by using internet-based storage platforms so you can access your work files from anywhere on any device. There are also mobile apps that can help you host conference calls with workmates or clients.
Choose the right location
Renting close to work during working days may be an option, with tons of co-living spaces and affordable dorms rising in the fringes of big cities, you’re bound to find something within budget.
But if you’re interested in finding a more permanent home, you can find a place closer to Central Business Districts (CBDs) in Metro Manila like Horizon Land’s Quantum Residences along Taft Avenue. Taft Avenue has direct access to three major CBDs—Makati, Manila, and Pasay. Taft Avenue is home to prestigious universities and colleges, and is just a ride away to the university belt. Quantum Residences is in close proximity to malls, entertainment hubs, and parks making it an ideal place to relocate with your family.
Living closer to where you can work and play cuts commute time and allows you to spend more time with family, pursue your hobbies, or simply relax within the comforts of your home.