‘Articulated’ bus to go on dry run
An articulated bus will be put on dry run today by the Mass Rail Transit, Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board and Land Transportation Office.
LTFRB Chairman Winton Ginez said the test is coordinated with the Transportation Department and Metro Manila Development Authority on a route from North EDSA in Quezon City to Taft in Pasay City.
“With this articulated bus, we hope to give temporary solution to jampacked MRT stations while we are waiting for the additional coaches under the capacity expansion program,” he said.
According to designers, an articulated bus has two sections linked by a pivoting joint which allows the vehicle to make sharp curves while doubling passenger capacity.
Ginez said the bus, also called accordion, will leave MRT North EDSA station at 7 a.m. with stops at MRT stations on Buendia, Ayala and Taft, and exclusively for MRT southbound passengers.
It will take a turn at SM Mall of Asia rotunda and will end near the Terminal 2 of the Ninoy Aquino International Airport.
The dry run coincides with the pilot run of MRT-3 Express Train.
The scheme is tailored to riding volume; express trains skip other stations and go directly to the ones with most commuters.
The first or “pick-up” stop is meant to board passengers from one of the more heavily-congested stations, before going directly to the second to fifth stops, where most riders will alight.
The DoTC has tasked MRT-3 management to install signs to indicate the sequencing of regular and express trips with periodic announcements at the stations.
MRT-3 is designed for 350,000 passengers per day but the capacity has risen to 560,000 passengers.