Monday, August 8, 2016

Pasig River Ferry Service

Source: Inquirer Online 
Although the Pasig River has historically been used as a transport artery, the passenger ferry service as it exists today started in 2007, although it was suspended in 2011. Citing the need to decongest the steadily worsening Metro Manila traffic, the MMDA took the lead to revive the ferry service in 2014.

The service spans Pasig River from Pinagbuhatan, Pasig to Intramuros, Manila with several terminals in-between. With the steady increase in passenger volume, more terminals are also being planned.

Be advised of the following updated schedules (as of February 2017) and trip planners for the Pasig River ferry service:

Guadalupe-Maybunga route and vice versa
Guadalupe-Mexico route and vice versa
Pinagbuhatan-Guadalupe route and vice versa

In line with the improved Pasig River ferry service, Megaworld Corporation has agreed to provide free bus shuttle services starting January 2017 for the following locations:

Guadalupe station to Uptown (Taguig) and vice versa (30-seater coasters)

Escolata station to Lucky Chinatown Mall and Divisoria area and vice versa (15-seater vans)

The MMDA assures the public that regular cleaning and dredging of the Pasig River has removed any smells. The service will still be dependent on the weather though, since strong rainfall will result in rising water levels that may submerge the terminals.

Still, as an alternate commuter service, the ferry holds much promise. Supposedly, the trip from Pinagbuhatan to Intramuros takes 45 minutes, so it does present an attractive alternative if traffic snarls are making your regular commute unbearable.

Sources: Wikipedia, Inquirer Online, MMDA, Manila Bulletin

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