The train systems in the subway are getting proper upgrades these days, as they should be. Additionally, the Light Rail Manila Corporation (LRMC) also offers emission-free shuttle service to its passengers traveling to areas outside the LRT-1 line.
What does that mean? Well, it’s plain and simple. Once commuters leave LRT Line 1 stations, they can immediately board electric minibuses to their designated areas.
LRMC has partnered with Global Electric Transport (GET) Philippines to provide COMET (Community Optimized Managed Electric Transport) minibuses for the shuttle service program.
COMET electric minibuses are air-conditioned, fully electric and zero emissions, with a capacity of 30 passengers and a range of over 100 kilometers on a single full charge. They are also equipped with on-board cameras, a multimedia system, display screens, internet connectivity, as well as a wheelchair space and a retractable electric ramp for the disabled (PWD) .
The pilot implementation of this shuttle service covers the LRT-1 EDSA – Manila Bay Aseana route and vice versa. COMET minibuses will load and unload passengers in designated areas along Macapagal Boulevard to Parañaque Integrated Terminal Exchange (PITX). Additionally, according to LRMC, an additional route to the Makati central business district will soon be operational.
COMET electric buses operate from 4 a.m. to 10 p.m., Monday to Saturday, excluding public holidays. And as a special promotional offer, LRT-1 Riders Club members can enjoy free unlimited rides on the COMET electric bus via the GETPASS app from March 30, 2022 to April 17, 2022.
Public transport in the metro is slowly but surely gaining ground in terms of comfort and convenience. It’s also a good thing that progress is heading towards a greener future. Let’s all hope they keep it that way, no matter what new administration takes over in June.