MANILA - The Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC) and the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) on Thursday launched a new point-to-point bus service with a design that caters to the needs of persons with disabilities (PWD).
The bus, which has low floor height, features a hydraulic system that allows it to tilt towards the pavement and a retractable boarding and alighting ramp.
The bus also uses the tap-and-go card payment system, and has global positioning system (GPS) devices, CCTV cameras and free Wi-Fi.
"PWDs, senior citizens, and pregnant women will begin enjoying the convenience and comfort of this new class of city buses, which improves accessibility with low floors and foldable ramps," said DOTC Secretary Jun Abaya.
"We are ridding our streets of dilapidated, poorly-maintained, and unsuitable buses. Eventually, this will push all PUBs to modernize," he added.
For now, only one such bus will make trips from Trinoma to Makati under the government's point-to-point service.
PWDs get a 20-percent discount fom the P55 fare.
The DOTC plans to increase the number of buses plying that route this year. It also urges public buses to modernize to become more PWD-friendly. - With reports from Jacque Manabat, ABS-CBN News; ANC