What is the LTFRB Looking For in a P2P Bus?
The Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) recently announced that it is opening 28 new Premium Point-to-Point (P2P) Bus Service routes for interested operators. All 28 routes are distributed through 16 franchise packages, with each package being awarded to one applicant.
To be a Premium P2P operator though, the LTFRB has a stringent set of requirements for the buses to be fielded on the 28 routes, and these are:
Bus Body Make
- Single deck or double deck (11 to 13 meters in length);
- With external color/branding as specified by the Board;
- Euro IV or better emission standard or clean alternative fuel (e.g. electric, hybrid) with equivalent or better emissions;
- Low floor entry (0.28 to 0.38 meters) with space for one passenger with wheelchair, plus foldable or retractable wheelchair, plus foldable or retractable wheelchair ramp at exit;
- Provincial buses shall use coaches with at least 11 meters in length with provision for cargo compartments; and
- Maximum of four reclining seats per row.
- Service with scheduled trips and designated off-street stops for loading/unloading passengers;
- No loading/unloading of passengers outside of designated off-street stops;
- With onboard CCTV, four cameras, continuous recording of minimum past 72 hours of bus operations;
- With vehicle tracking via onboard Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) devices compliant with the Board's specifications and driver console enabling two-way communication;
- With free Wi-Fi for all passengers;
- With onboard automated bus arrival electronic display and announcement system;
- With Automatic Fare Collection System as one of the options for payment;
- Speed limiter;
- Drivers under salary, with no compensation linked to ridership, but with incentives for better customer service and reduction of accidents;
- With advanced ticketing facility and seat booking via mobile phone and internet;
Also, the maximum headway--the time between each dispatched vehicles on the same route--one year after start of operations is 10 minutes during peak hours and 30 minutes during off-peak hours. During interim operations, the maximum headway is 30 minutes during peak hours and one hour during off-peak hours, subject to actual passenger demand.