‘Ferry service’ an alternative public transport—MMDA

 

As more and more business establishments reopen, so do the number of commuters in the metropolis.

The need for more transport vehicles to move these commuters to places prompted the Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA) to open the new Kalawaan Station for the Pasig River Ferry Service (PRFS).

The agency also intends to draw more commuters in Pasig City to use the alternative mode of transport six weeks before Christmas.


 

MANILA, Philippines — The Kalawaan Station at N Cuevas Street is the twelfth ferry station ready to serve commuters to Manila and back.

The role of the ferry service is critical at this time since public transportation in Metro Manila is not yet normal and, as seen in the past days, the number of public land transport is simply not enough to cope with the influx of people moving to work or getting essential needs said MMDA chairman Benjamin Abalos Jr.

“The Pasig River Ferry Service is one of the solutions to the problems in public transportation,” he said and continued to say that the ferry was developed to provide a fast, smooth, reliable, and affordable nautical transport system to help decongest road traffic in Metro Manila.

Two more stations are also expected to open soon in Quinta and Marikina.

“We want to serve residents of San Mateo and other parts of Rizal. This will be our new gateway, not just to address traffic, but also keep intact the rich cultural heritage of the Pasig River,” he pointed out.

The PRFS serves an average of 300-440 passengers a day. It has a total of 17 ferry boats although only nine are operational. Rides are free for commuters at the moment. (TRC/JuanManila)

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