THE DAVAO Metro Shuttle Bus Company has started serving an intracity route in Davao City as part of its expansion program.

“Aside from looking into the possibility of additional revenue for the company, we also see that this would also increase awareness of our presence in the city and all over the (Davao) region,” Davao Metro Shuttle President De Carlo L. Uy said in an interview during Monday’s launch of the initial two bus units that will serve the Davao-Calinan route.

The bus firm, established in 1995 with its main office in Tagum City, has been operating inter-city, inter-province and inter-regional routes.

The two new buses are part of the total franchise of 17 units originally owned by Annil Transport Services Inc., which Davao Metro Shuttle recently bought.

The franchise covers the Roxas-Bankerohan-Calinan route.

Mr. Uy said they will be assessing demand before purchasing more buses.

The bus units are Euro 5 low-entry buses, with ramps for wheelchairs. It is also equipped with CCTV cameras, Wi-Fi access, and a cashless fare collection facility.

The operating hours are still being adjusted based on “lean days and peak hours,” he said.

Mr. Uy said the company’s expansion plans are in line with the government’s transport modernization program.

With a current fleet of about 300 buses, Mr. Uy said they are looking at opportunities in other regions. — Maya M. Padillo