Manila’s e-Bus to give free rides to workers, residents

Published March 8, 2021, 12:34 PM

by Andrea Aro

The Manila city government unveiled on Monday (March 8) the COMET, a fully electric minibus that will soon roll down the streets of Manila.

Manila Mayor Isko Moreno with Vice Mayor Honey Lacuna-Pangan with former Taguig mayor Freddie Tinga show the COMET, a fully electric minibus with a fleet that will start plying the streets of Manila this month. (Photo by Ali Vicoy / MANILA BULLETIN)

Manila Mayor Francisco “Isko Moreno” Domagoso, Vice Mayor Honey Lacuna-Pangan, and Global Electric Transport (GET) Philippines Chief Executive Officer Freddie Tinga led the ceremonial ride on Monday (March 8) around the city.

The COMET, through the GET PASS application, enables contract tracing among passengers as it will locate where the passengers are from and their destinations.

The mini buses are equipped with acrylic barriers between the seats to maintain physical distancing among passengers.

The initial five electric buses will give free rides to workers and residents of Manila.

The route of the mini buses will be from Manila to Pasay in the south, to Quezon City and Valenzuela, Bulacan in the north.

Forty-five more mini buses will be deployed by June this year to serve more passengers.