Mercedes-Benz shuttle coaches inside Bonifacio Global City

August 18, 2008

Manila Bulletin 2/29/2008

At Bonifacio Global City, going around the vast modern community will soon be a luxurious bus experience onboard the Mercedes-Benz O 500 M 1725. The buses are the newest fleet of commuter vehicles that will ply the BGC-Kalayaan-Market! Market! route.

“The Mercedes-Benz O 500 M 1725 was built for smoother, quieter rides and is designed for both metropolitan and provincial travel. What makes every passenger’s experience rewarding is that ease, comfort and safety are assured with features that only Mercedes-Benz can give,” said Felix Ang, CATS Motors, Inc. president, exclusive distributor for Mercedes-Benz in the country.

The buses, referred to as ‘coaches’ are the same motor coach service in bus routes from London to Istanbul. The buses will ply the route starting March and will be used as transportation for commuters within BGC’s commercial districts, such as Bonifacio High Street, Serendra and Market! Market!.

“The new fleet of shuttle coaches is a testament to the ease of urban living a masterplanned development like Bonifacio Global City can provide,” said Vince Tan, chairman, Bonifacio Transport Corp. and FBDC EVP.

Friendly ride

One of the principal features of the new shuttle coaches are the low floors and wheel-chair provisions which make boarding easy even for the handicapped. The low floor is also an advantage for women professionals who usually have a hard time going up public buses in work clothes.

The spacious interiors make for a very comfortable ride, as the two-seater bus compartments provide much-needed space for commuters who wish to rest and hate being bumped specially during rush hours. The aisle is surprisingly wide, and the middle seats are placed sideways, creating more room for those alighting to and from the bus.

Motoring technology

The advance technology applied to the Mercedes-Benz O 500 M 1725 is the coaches’ main feature. Because of the coaches’ air suspension, the rides are smoother and more comfortable. The Mercedes-Benz O 500 M 1725 also has a modern programming which can make the bus run on a specified speed. This makes sharp turns smoother, emphasizing the coaches’ safety features.

The technology also helps in the coaches’ maintenance as warning signs on what must be done to keep the Mercedes-Benz O 500 M 1725 on tip-top shape regularly flashes on screen such as fuel level, A/C maintenance, and the like.

Environment-friendly

The project is a joint venture of CATS Motors and Bonifacio Transport Corporation which aims to reduce carbon emissions within Bonifacio Global City. The coaches are known to use only the best fuel for buses which emits less carbon residue.

The bus ride also promotes a more environment-friendly lifestyle.

“The impetus to promote a more environmentally-friendly lifestyle is also evident,” said Tan. “The shuttle coach can comfortably seat 20 people and can actually serve as a convenient, fuel-efficient transportation alternative, which means they won’t have to take their cars out, add to traffic congestion only for a 10-minute drive.”

Source: Ayala Land Inc. Article Listing

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