The Department of Transportation (DOTr) announced on November 15, 2022, that the EDSA Carousel bus will be operational 24/7 for the entire month of December. This is part of the government’s expansion of the “Libreng Sakay” program, first launched by the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) in August to help transport passengers amidst the COVID-19 pandemic.
Compared to the original announcement mentioning the start of the program on December 15, the Libreng Sakay will start on December 1 and will take effect until the end of December.
The EDSA Carousel Bus has stops in the following areas:
- Bagong Barrio
- North Avenue
- Quezon Avenue
- Nepa Q. Mart
- Main Avenue
- Taft Avenue
- Roxas Boulevard
The transit system also has stops along the curbside of Ayala, Mall of Asia, and Macapagal.
The 24/7 EDSA Carousel will also ease commute during the holiday season, with malls in Metro Manila operating from 11AM to 11PM until January 6, 2023.
The Libreng Sakay program received a PHP1.4billion budget allocation to extend operations for the last quarter of 2022. However, the DOTr also mentioned in a statement that this might be the last phase of the Libreng Sakay program as the government has no allocated funds for the program for 2023.
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