MANILA - There will be no more free rides at the Pasig River ferry system beginning Friday, May 16, the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) said.
The MMDA said the Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC) and ferry operators have reached an agreement on franchise licenses and fare matrix.
The fare for passengers riding the Guadalupe-Polytechnic University of the Philippines (PUP) and PUP-Plaza Mexico routes will be P30.
Meanwhile, Pinagbuhatan-Guadalupe, Guadalupe-Escolta and Guadalupe-Plaza Mexico trips will cost passengers P50.
But according to MMDA Chairman Francis Tolentino, commuters can still ride the Pasig River river system for free on the next two Saturdays, May 17 and 24.
He said the free rides aim to help shoppers of school items go to Divisoria.
The ferry system, which formally re-opened on April 28 after being suspended for about 3 years, has attracted about 800 passengers per day. -- Report from Dennis Datu, dzMM