The Quezon City government has added more stops and adjusted the schedules of its free Q City Bus turning it into an interchange system where commuters can transfer from one bus to another to reach their destination with ease.
“We are constantly adjusting our stops and schedules to adapt to the needs and requests of our commuters. We want to make their daily commute much easier and smoother,” said Mayor Joy Belmonte.
“Bunsod na rin ng kanilang hiling, may mga idinagdag tayong stops at dahil magkakaugnay ang ating libreng sakay, puwede ring lumipat ng bus para makarating sa kanilang destinasyon,” she added.
According to City Administrator Mike Alimurung, commuters can transfer from one bus to another in stops where buses plying different routes meet.
These are E. Rodriguez-Gilmore Interchange, Kalayaan-Kamias Interchange, Aurora-Katipunan Interchange and the QC Hall Interchange.
The city government has also adjusted the interval of buses leaving the starting points on weekdays to between 12 to 20 minutes during peak hours and 30 minutes during off-peak hours.
“This will give our commuters enough time to transfer to another bus with another route, making their trip to their destination almost seamless,” said Alimurung.
Additional stops have been added along the routes to make it easier for commuters to reach their destination.
Launched last Dec. 7, the Q City Bus System was established via a Memorandum of Agreement between the city government and the Land Transportation and Franchising Regulatory Board (LTFRB) to help provide additional transportation to commuters.
It has eight routes, namely Quezon City Hall to Cubao (vice versa), Litex/IBP Road to Quezon City Hall (vice versa), Welcome Rotunda to Aurora Blvd./Katipunan Ave. (vice versa), General Luis to Quezon City Hall (vice versa), Mindanao Avenue cor. Quirino Highway to Quezon City Hall (vice versa), Quezon City Hall to Robinson’s Magnolia (vice versa), Quezon City Hall to Ortigas Avenue Extension (vice versa) and Quezon City Hall to Munoz (vice versa)
The program is open to the public during its initial run, but the city government plans to eventually require passengers to present the soon-to-be-released QCitizen ID Card.
On December 24, the QC Bus Service will operate only from 6:00AM to 4:00PM. It will not operate on the following holidays: December 25, 30, 31 and January 1.