P2P (Premium Point to Point) has given people living south of Metro Manila something to be happy about once again. Ever since it took off last year, P2P has opened several routes around Metro Manila. In August, we are about to see another route opened; this time, it will be Alabang to Bonifacio Global City (BGC).
This was made possible thru a petition started by Micaela Agoncillo. This will be the seventh route opened for P2P. Other routes are Trinoma (Quezon City) to Glorietta 5 (Makati)/Centris (QC) to Glorietta, Robinson’s Galleria (Pasig) to Park Square (Makati), Alabang Town Center (Muntinlupa) to Greenbelt 1 (Makati), SM North EDSA (QC) to SM Megamall (Mandaluyong), Fairview (QC) to Makati, and Starmall Alabang to Starmall Ortigas.
P2P is public transport service that travels a fixed route from one terminal to another. Along the way, there are designated drop-off points or stops where passengers can get on or off. Fares are paid at the terminal or as soon as a passenger gets on the bus using a Beep Card. What makes P2P buses appealing is they are very comfortable and have amenities such as wi-fi. Furthermore, bus drivers are paid with a fixed salary (no boundary).
BGC is probably one of the difficult places to go due to inadequate transportation. While there is a bus service near MRT Ayala station that take people to BGC, there is still that need for a route that will take them directly to BGC from their home. These commuters want a more direct route to BGC without the hassles of the current public transport system.
Even those with cars are willing to leave them in the garage in favour of P2P. They reason that it is very costly driving to work. It costs them an average of 600 Pesos/Day; this covers fuel, toll fees and parking fees (and they do not get any added allowance to cover these).
Another reason support for P2P is growing because the service promotes a clean environment. Buses are environment-friendly. They comply with Euro IV emission standards, ensuring none of them are smoke belchers and contribute to the pollution.
The P2P is more than just an innovative public transportation service, it symbolizes the promised change for the country. The change leading to progress and a cleaner ennironment.
The Alabang-BGC line will have its dry run on August 8 and will be officially launched on August 14.
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