Editorial: Try the bus

Four buses that can ferry up to 60 passengers were dispatched for free by the city starting last Tuesday, August 14 and will ply the route up to the 28th, from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m.

The bus stops are SM Lanang, Abreeza Mall, Victoria Plaza, Gaisano Mall of Davao, Magsaysay Park, Ateneo de Davao University (Roxas Avenue), People’s Park, City Hall (A. Pichon St.), John Paul College, and SM City Davao. The starting point is at SM City Davao in Ecoland and the last stop is SM Lanang Premier. The buses have an interval of 40 minutes.

Dioniso Abude, chief of the City Transport and Traffic Management Office, said that these buses will serve revelers of the Kadayawan festivities who will need transport to bring them to various parts of the city. With the horrendous traffic situation we have been experiencing for the past few months, a mass transport is a breath of fresh air, so to speak.

The bus, for those who have not taken a spin of it yet, is comfortable and has special features such as free Wi-Fi connectivity, GPS, CCTV and monitor. Passengers can feel the difference with its comfortable seating arrangements and the convenience it provides which the elderly can very much appreciate. One no longer has to crouch too low or step on the toes of other passengers when embarking and disembarking, a truly great relief for the more matured crowd.

This is actually a sneak peek to the new transportation system that will be implemented next year. The High Priority Bus System is part of the city’s public transport modernization plan financed by a loan package from the Asian Development Bank. Some 45 buses are expected to arrive in the city within the month.

A mass transport system is what a growing city needs to alleviate the traffic situation and encourage people to use public transport instead of using private vehicles. This does not only lessen the carbon footprint, it will also clear our streets of parked vehicles and the crowd of passengers waiting for a ride home.

The city however has to see how to prudently transition the PUJs and the drivers who will lose their means of livelihood when the project is fully implemented.

In the meantime, let’s all try to take a bus ride.

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