Between Makati and Fort Bonifacio Global City
UPDATE: THIS METHOD IS NO LONGER AVAILABLE SINCE THE ACQUISITION OF UBER BY GRAB
If you are commuting between Makati City and Fort Bonifacio Global City, and are willing to pay a little more for comfort and time saving, then you can use Uber’s uberHOP service.
Riders choosing uberHOP service. Source: Uber Newsroom.
We wrote about this new service in a previous article. There are designated departure and arrival points between these two destinations. They only run at rush hours. Price is fixed (currently P50 per trip per person), and departure is every 10 minutes, even if the car is not full.
Between BGC and Ortigas
In March 2016, Uberhop introduced a new route that goes from Forbestown in the Fort to Podium Mall, Ortigas in the morning, and in opposite direction in the evening, for P80 per person per trip. It also offers an alternative route that goes between Market!Market! Mall and Podium Mall, Ortigas,for P65 per trip per person. Another route, between Net Quad, 31st Street, and Shangri La Plaza in Mandaluyong, costs P60 per trip per person.
Express Bus Service Between Makati City and Quezon City
MMDA introduced a non-stop bus service [Premium Point-to-Point (P2P) Bus Service] that plies between Trinoma Mall bus terminal in Quezon City (service station near MRT North Avenue Station) and Glorietta 5 in Makati City (in the street between Dusit Thani Hotel and Park Square, near Family Mart). It costs P55.00 per trip. Froehlich Tours operates the P2P buses with the Trinoma to Glorietta 5 route, whereas HM Transport Inc. is recently selected to handle the Robinsons Galleria to Park Square route at P30.00.
Some of Froehlich Tours' P2P buses. Photos from Froehlich Tours' Facebook page.
P2P’s former third route from SM Megamall to Glorietta 5 is temporarily halted due to negotiations with SM Supermalls. P2P was scheduled to end operations on January 6, 2016, but the positive reception from the bus riders rendered it to extend and even add new bus units, at least on Froehlich Tours’ end. The Land Transportation and Franchising Regulatory Board (LTFRB) recently granted Froehlich Tours a 5-year contract for the operation of the P2P Bus Service.
However, there is no easy connection from Glorietta 5 in Makati City to anywhere in Fort Bonifacio. If the target commuters of this P2P service are middle-class citizens who can afford a car so as to lure them to switch from private cars to public buses, then the current pick-up locations of P2P may not be ideal for this purpose. Let’s just hope that with the addition of new bus units will come additional and more convenient stops that will benefit The Fort citizens in the long haul.