Davao City bus service caters new routes

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The city government of Davao City has added new routes for its augmentation bus service.

Once approved by the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) XI, City Transport and Traffic Management Office (CTTMO) Chief Dionisio Abude said the Peak Hours Augmentation Bus Service (PHABS) will include the Mintal and Cabantian.

“PHABS was initially initiated for the Toril Route and Catalunan Grande Route but since there were suggestions made by several agencies and concerned citizens through social media, a quick survey was made in Mintal,” he said.

The survey showed that a total of 505 passengers in the Mintal area, including Sto. Niño, Wellspring Crossing, Catalunan Pequeno and Green Meadows, wait each day for rides in going to Boulevard (Trading), Ecoland SM, and Roxas Avenue.

Abude said the Cabantian Route was determined during the first survey conducted by the CTTMO, which showed that at least 211 passengers wait on a daily basis from Cabantian for Agdao and Uyanguren areas.

“The bus units shall load/unload only at designated bus stops, but it is preferred that the bus should not be allowed to unload passengers at the immediate next stop to primarily cater the passengers going to downtown area,” he said.

The deployed buses are expected to charge the regular rate of P10 for the first 5 kilometers and P2.20 for the additional kilometer.

Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio earlier instructed the CTTMO to conduct the initial PHABS survey following a number of requests and the complaints on the increasing number of passengers waiting at points of convergence, which are unserved by existing public utility vehicles.

The Toril and Catalunan Grande areas were made the priority due to the large number of unserved passengers, including 895 waiting at the Toril Shell gas station during peak hours in the morning. The same is true for passengers in the Catalunan Grande area.

Abude said this is part of an immediate solution and short-term plan pending the implementation of the High Priority Bus System (HPBS) in the city.