THE LAND Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) is again inviting companies to compete for the license to operate the premium point-to-point bus service in Metro Manila, after no one qualified in some route packages during the first selection process.
“Considering that the selection process did not yield any qualified operators for Packages 2 and 3, the Board hereby promulgates the revised rules for another round of selection process…,” the agency said in Memorandum Circular No. 2016-003 dated Feb. 5 and published in a newspaper over the weekend.
Package 2 involves Katipunan Road to Makati Central Business District (CBD) and Eastwood to Makati CBD. Package 3 is composed of Alabang to Makati CBD and Alabang to Ortigas CBD.
Last week, HM Transport, Inc. bagged the five-year license to operate Package 1, for Fairview to Makati City and Ortigas to Makati City.
Interested parties for the second selection process must submit qualification documents by Feb. 19.
The LTFRB requires every bus firm to provide double-deck bus units representing a third of its fleet’s total “to achieve higher vehicle efficiencies.”
Each bus unit must be air-conditioned, nine to 13 meters in length, equipped with wireless internet connection, have a maximum of four seats per row, be not more than five-years old and “free of exterior dents, major blemishes or discoloration that could mar the appearance of the vehicle.”
The bus service, which aims to reduce the number of private cars plying the congested EDSA, has fixed fares and schedule of travel.
Other bus firms that sought to be qualified for the first auction are Jam Liner, Inc., Genesis Transport, Inc., RRCG Transport System Co., Inc., City Bus, Inc., and Laguna Star Bus Transportation System.