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PRESS RELEASE DOTC LAUNCHES UBE EXPRESS – A NEW PREMIUM AIRPORT SERVICE PROJECT INTRODUCTION The Department of Transportation (DOTr) and its attached agency, the Land Transportation Franchising & Regulatory Board (LTFRB), and the Land Transportation Office (LTO) recently initiated a project, which aimed to introduce a premium bus service at Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) – Airfreight 2100 and its transport group UBE Express winning the bid to develop and operate said service. UBE Express will officially launch on September 6th, 2016 and represents a significant step forward in the transportation landscape for both users of NAIA and the Philippines as a whole. PROJECT NEED This project represents the DOTr, LTFRB and LTO’s direct response to the growth of airport activity and the scarcity of travel options to and from NAIA. Growth in Airport Activity Developments in the Philippines along with key improvements to NAIA’s facilities and operations (i.e. runway extensions, terminal rehabilitation, new routes and airline partnerships) has led to an increase in people flying to and from NAIA. Manila International Airport Authority (MIAA) reported that in 2015 there were 2 million additional passengers compared to 2014 (5-6% increase). It is thus essential that a new service be introduced to increase the travel capacity of the modes serving the airport to accommodate this growth. Scarcity of Travel Options Currently the only available non-private vehicle transportation options for arriving passengers include the accredited airport taxis – this includes White, Yellow and Coupon taxis – along with buses and jeepneys. Several of the key weaknesses of these modes include: Taxi: Charging of exorbitant rates; Unsafe driving; Long Queues Bus: Routes limited to other terminals and nearby bus stops; Several buses operating at airport illegally Jeepney: Not directly available at airport drop off/pick up area; Uncomfortable; Unsafe driving; Limited area coverage PROJECT FEATURES UBE Express not only increases travel capacity to and from NAIA and improves upon the weaknesses of existing modes, but more importantly is a significant step forward for the Philippine transportation landscape. One of the key features of the service is the bus itself – this being the Mercedes MCV C 120 Low-Entry model – which features stateof-the-art technology that includes its Euro V and Blue Tec engine, smooth steering and powerful braking systems, low-entry design, body design with high force absorption, PWD compatibility, ergonomically sound seats and ample room that promises a ride that is more comfortable, safe and environmentally friendly than its competition. Other supporting components that add to these advantages, while also improving the reliability and operational performance of the service include an online booking service, GPS tracking, a mobile tracking app, radio communications, on-board WiFi, CCTV cameras, the exclusive usage of Petron fuel and e-ticketing technology (e.g. tap card and credit card). What makes the development even more exciting is its accessibility to people – one factor being that the service will be operating at an introductory P150 fare per passenger and P300 during regular periods, which is competitive with White, Yellow and Coupon taxis. Another factor is the route coverage with there being an existing base of stops that UBE Express serves – this being a combination of hotels, malls and provincial bus terminals. These are strategically located in key areas such as Makati CBD, SM Mall of Asia Complex/Entertainment City, Roxas Boulevard and Intramuros that the existing bus and jeepneys at or nearby NAIA do not serve without transfers. For more information, you may contact Garrie David at [email protected] or UBE Express at (632) 879–4497 or [email protected]