Thursday, February 12, 2015

Alternative mobility between SM North EDSA and Katipunan/Aurora Boulevard in Quezon City

To get from one point to the other covering about 11 kilometers one:

  1. Drives taking either Xavierville Avene to Quezon Elliptical Circle or Katipunan to Tandang Sora. About P 75.0 in gas estimated at 40 minutes in 1 ride.
  2. Rides the LRT2 from Katipunan station, disembarks at Araneta Center Cubao, transfers to MRT to North Avenue. Roughly 30 minutes for about P 30.0 in 2 transfers with several meters of walk. .
  3. Commutes in a jeep from (1) Katipunan to (2) Aurora to (3) EDSA to North Avenue. About P 25.00 in an hour in 3 transfers.

Map lifted from Rappler
Now with COMET (City Organized Managed Electric Transport), it takes just 1 ride to cover SM North EDSA via North Avenue, Mindanao Avenue, Luzon Avenue, Tandang Sora crossing over Commonwealth Avenue to Katipunan. Ride is about 45 minutes for P 20.00. You need a card bought at P 20.0 with a pre-loaded value of P 20.0 tapped  upon entry to ride this 20-seater electric powered jeepney. Interval per ride for now is 30 minutes. Ride is smooth, ventilation breezy. It doesn't emit carbon dioxide but you are exposed to other vehicles' emission. End-to-end is one loop in areas not covered by mass transport. There is a GPS which tracks the transports' movement, a CCTV for security, an electronically inputted passenger head count and movement and a wifi.

1st trip is at 6 AM, last at P 9:30 PM.  Terminal at the SM North EDSA is at North Avenue. There is no stopping terminal under the Katipunan flyover. You need to catch it on the road for your trip to North EDSA.

This alternative public transport in a new route is one way of beating the Katipunan traffic. One just sits down safely assured and charged fairly whichi is measured accurately. Like the jeepney fare, minimum charge is P 7.50.

Rappler article

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