Today, June 1, marks the first day of Metro Manila being under the general community quarantine (GCQ). Under the GCQ, more sectors are allowed to resume operations and more workers will be returning to their offices. However, transportation can still be quite a challenge as jeepneys are yet to return in the streets even with the loosened restrictions.
Such limitation in public transport forces individuals to use private cars to avoid being late to work. But this would also mean a drastic increase in traffic as private cars admittedly carry less passengers than public transport options—and the color coding scheme remains lifted.
To address this situation, why the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) decided to enforce a modified color coding scheme for private cars. (Read: DOT sets bus routes for health workers around Metro Manila)
Under the modified coding scheme, vehicles are exempted from their respective color codings provided that they carry at least one more passenger—depending on the allowable number of passengers per type of vehicle. This means that private vehicles can use major roads even during their day of coding as long as they are driving with someone else in the car.
It is to be noted that the implementation date of the said scheme will still be determined by the MMDA and that the color-coding scheme remains lifted in Metro Manila from June 1-5. However, the City of Makati has started to implement the modified color coding scheme to regulate the volume of cars in the business district.
P2P Bus Routes
If you do not know anyone who can be your passenger or drive you to work, the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) released a list of point-to-point (P2P) bus routes for commuters’ reference.
Here are the routes that will be servicing commuters around Metro Manila and nearby provinces:
- Katipunan, Quezon City (UP Town Center) to Makati City (Greenbelt 3)
- Eastwood, Quezon City to Makati City (Glorietta 3)
PRECIOUS GRACE TRANSPORT
- Sta Maria, Bulacan (Cay Pombo and Sta Clara terminals) to North EDSA (TriNoma)
- Malolos City, Bulacan (Robinsons Malolos) to North EDSA (TriNoma)
- Taguig City (Vista Mall Taguig) to Makati City (Trasierra)
- Taguig City (Vista Mall Taguig) to Ortigas (Starmall Shaw, EDSA)
- Bacoor City, Cavite (Vista Mall Daang Hari/Molino) to Makati City (Trasierra)
- Dasmariñas City, Cavite (Vista Mall Dasmariñas) to Makati City (Trasierra)
- Bacoor City, Cavite (Vista Mall Daang Hari/Molino) to Alabang, Muntinlupa City (Starmall Alabang)
- Dasmariñas City, Cavite (Vista Mall Dasmariñas) to Alabang, Muntinlupa City (Starmall Alabang)
- Sangley, Cavite (Sangley Airport) to Genesis Transport Terminal (EDSA corner Taft Avenue, Pasay City)
- Nuvali, Sta Rosa City, Laguna to Makati City (Glorietta-Palm Drive)
- Las Piñas City (Las Piñas Southmall) to Makati City (Trasierra)
- Noveleta, Cavite (Puregold and AllHome) to Makati City (Trasierra)
- Imus, Cavite (Imus District) to Makati City (Trasierra)
- Alabang, Muntinlupa City (Alabang Town Center, Ayala Malls Southpark) to Makati City (Greenbelt 1 and 5)
- Alabang, Muntinlupa City (Starmall Alabang) to Ortigas (Starmall EDSA Shaw with stops at SM Megamall and Robinsons Galleria)
- Antipolo City, Rizal (SM City Masinag) to Makati City (Greenbelt 5)
- Antipolo City, Rizal (Robinsons Place Antipolo) to Ortigas (Robinsons Galleria)
- Cainta, Rizal (Robinsons Cainta) to Makati City (Greenbelt 1)
- Fairview, Quezon City (Robinsons Novaliches) to Makati City (Glorietta 3)
- Ortigas (Robinsons Galleria) to Makati City (Glorietta 3)
SAINT ROSE TRANSIT
- Calamba, Laguna (SM Calamba) to Lawton, Manila (Lawton Multimodal Terminal)
- Calamba, Laguna (SM Calamba) to Makati City (Glorietta)
- Calamba, Laguna (SM Calamba) to Bonifacio Global City, Taguig City (Market Market)