The very first unit of double-decker bus in Palawan, powered by U-Hop, is now ready to operate its Puerto Princesa—El Nido and vice-versa route starting next week, according to Joy Tabuada, Marketing and Operations Manager of U-Hop. Five more units will arrive in the next few weeks and will operate other routes, including those to the South.
According to U-HOP, the 59-seater bus is an alternative transport system to the traditional bus types currently operating in the province, with services akin to “traveling via airplane”. The bus has a VIP lounge where one can enjoy videoke while traveling, and reclining seats where passengers can sit comfortably. TV, Wifi and a comfort room are also provided, with travel attendants ready to assist passenger needs. Security of the passengers will be ensured through CCTV monitoring, while GPS features are also activated for easy assistance to the bus during emergencies.
Puerto Princesa City MayorLucilo Bayron expressed his optimism for the new bus service. “Siyempre, bilang ama ng lungsod natutuwa ako,” he said as he welcomed U-HOP’s media trip to the City Hall.
Bayron admits, nonetheless, that he still has some worries on how the new service will affect the existing transport system in the city. Although he believes that there is no question on the positive impact of the bus service to local tourism, he added that other potential impacts are still to be seen once the buses start operating. “Maganda ‘to, so titingnan na lang natin anong mangyayari kapag nag-o-operate na,” Bayron said.
U-Hop, a transport service similar to Uber and GrabCar which are currently operating in Metro Manila, seeks to provide alternative solutions to daily transportation. The company aims to resolve current struggles in commuting through a global member-based interconnected shuttle service, and to lessen road traffic by utilizing shuttle vans that can reduce the number of private vehicles on the road.
For more information on how to avail of the bus and other services of U-hop one can text/call 0927 6417 100/0928 1717 595 or visit their FB Fan Page www.facebook.com.U-hop Palawan.