MANILA, May 12 (Mabuhay) — Passengers going to and from the Ninoy Aquino International Airport will soon have another means of transport with the creation of Airport Buses under a new public utility vehicle (PUV) classification created by the Department of Transportation and Communications.
In a press briefing, DOTC Sec Jun Abaya said the agency is expanding transportation options for airline passengers other than taxis and personal vehicles to help ease traffic congestion around the airport.
Under this new classification, Airport Buses will be required to comply with improved service levels, such as being equipped with on-board closed-circuit television cameras, global positioning system (GPS) devices, automated bus arrival electronic displays, cashless or automated fare collection systems, and free Wi-Fi.
Airport buses will have scheduled trips and designate off-street stops for loading and unloading to avoid obstructing the roads. Booking offices will also be required.
For passenger convenience, technical features such as low floor height within a range of 0.28 to 0.38 meters, as well as appropriate luggage compartments, will also be required.
Airport buses should also be eco-friendly.
Operators need to comply with the Euro V emissions standards or better, or run on clean alternative fuels such as electric or hybrid vehicles.
Apart from Airport Buses, the transportation department also formed a Bus Rapid Transit classification under PUV.
The Cebu BRT is set for completion in 2018 while the Metro Manila BRT having the Quezon City and Manila route and the C5 Modern BRT are for NEDA approval.
“We can boost mobility by promoting high-quality systems that efficiently transport large volumes of passengers. These new bus categories are cost-effective solutions that can cut down travel time, aid in decongesting clogged streets, and enhance passenger experience through scheduled trips and orderly boarding and alighting procedures,” the transport chief said.
The DOTC and the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) are set to present the implementing rules and regulations for the new PUV classifications not later this week. (MNS)