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March 06, 2014

Boat and bus hybrid to ferry commuters on Pasig River

MMDA yesterday has conducted a test run for the prototype of MMDA’s River Bus Ferry to be used in transporting commuters along the 25-kilometer Pasig River. If everything goes well we could be seeing about 40 of these hybrids by April 2014.

pasig river ferry

Though it didn’t work out back in 2011 mainly due to financial losses, the service is being revived this year as part of helping decongest the traffic in Metro Manila due to the major road constructions that are simultaneously going on.

The ferry hybrid was originally a tug boat installed with bus seats that can now accommodate up to 40 people. When this pushes through and becomes operational sometime in April, people would just have to pay a minimal fare to ride the ferry that would be passing through Manila, Makati, Mandaluyong, and Pasig City.

Hopefully, the re-implementation of these ferries would help lessen the congestion that we’re experiencing today — more so during rush hour. It was reported that the river’s width has an equivalent of 10 road lanes so if that’s going to be utilized well, coupled by an efficient system, I personally think they’re up to something really good here.

It’s just up to the public if they would ride the ferries as previous complaints include that unpleasant Pasig River smell.

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6 Responses to “Boat and bus hybrid to ferry commuters on Pasig River”

  1. nego says:

    This is a very nice project, could be a great way to improve land-based traffic problems.

    “It’s just up to the public if they would ride the ferries as previous complaints include that unpleasant Pasig River smell.” – Di naman na ganun kabahao ang amoy ng pasig ngayon compared before, anyway bago kaya ang mga ferries na gagamitin dito?

  2. Will says:

    Nasan na kaya yung mga dating ferry?

  3. Hen-Sheen says:

    The Ferry system is a good way to cut down travel time. Skyway 3 construction within 3 years? Or maybe 5? If I have more than 90 Billion pesos right now, I will single handedly pay those workers to do Hazard work & the construction time will be reduced to 15 months. If this Skyway Construction Project was written into a novel, then a movie that goes straight to VCD, DVD, & BLU-RAY; I would hate to see it! “Perwisho to!”

  4. wew says:

    waw.. tugboat na nilagyan ng mini bus sa ibabaw! waw lang.. tignan nyo ichura ng mga maliliit na ferry sa ibang bansa.. anu ba yan.. san na napupunta tax namen..

  5. rinichan says:

    ok ung ferry system kaso dapat sana aircon at affordable kase bago ka makarating sa paroroonan mo kasing amoy mu na ang ilog Pasig sad to say :/

  6. wew says:

    mas gugusthin ko pang sumakay duns a pasig river ferry system na bubuhayin na daw uli,airconditioned pa d mo maaaamoy ung baho ng ilog pasig.

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