The Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) will soon roll out a double-deck bus service in EDSA.
LTFRB said it will conduct a dry run on Thursday to see the feasibility of the double-deck bus project, an offshoot of the earlier implemented point-to-point (P2P) bus service implemented over the holidays.
The double-decker will come from SM North and its route will end at Glorietta 5. The bus will depart from SM north at 7:30 a.m., LTFRB said.
The P2P bus service will have no stops.
In October last year, lawmakers and the Metro Manila Development Authority suggested that double-decker buses be allowed in EDSA to help ferry more passengers while reducing EDSA traffic.
The new service is another option for passengers plying EDSA, a highway that often sees hellish traffic. Alternative commuting options such as the Metro Rail Transit are often brimming with passengers.
In a related development, Malacanang said President Benigno "Noynoy" Aquino III already tasked the Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC) to "address day-to-day problems faced by commuters in the National Capital Region."
Presidential Communications Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr told the press that the government is already seeking solutions to commuter issues.
"Additional transport infrastructure are also being built and planned to provide long-term solutions. Performance of all Cabinet members is being assessed continually by the President as Chief Executive," Coloma said.