4 Transportation Alternatives to Grab
When was the last time you booked a ride to work via Grab without any hassle like bookings being cancelled or drivers asking for additional fare? Recently, the ride-hailing giant has been plagued with issues, making it a target of angry commuters. Just recently, it made headlines (again!) after it announced that passengers who would cancel their bookings shall be fined like what Uber did. According to Grab, the charging of cancellation fees is set to begin before July.
You don’t have to stress yourself out with these issues, however, because we’ve gathered alternative modes of transportation you can consider—because life shouldn’t be that complicated.
With the reports of MRT-3 running with 18 trains, it has proven that there’s light at the end of the tunnel. Instead of shelling out hundreds of pesos for a Grab ride, why not take the light rail systems that traverse Metro Manila?
For ₱24, you can go to Ayala from North EDSA via MRT-3 while the fare from Roosevelt to Baclaran via LRT-1 is ranging from ₱29 to ₱30. In case you need to go to Recto via LRT-2, you’ll need to pay ₱24.
To ease the pain of lining up to buy a Single Journey Ticket, you can invest in the Stored Value “BEEP” Card, which costs ₱20 that will be charged on top of the amount you want to load it up with. This BEEP Card will let you ride the three major light rail systems so make sure it has enough balance to cover your trips.
If you’re claustrophobic or you hate waiting in line, you can get on the point-to-point (P2P) bus service, which allows you to get from one place to another without any stop overs. It’s a bit more expensive that the trains, but it’s definitely more comfortable despite the horrendous traffic in the Metro.
You can find these buses at Glorietta 5, Greenbelt 1 and 5, Park Square Makati, Alabang Town Center, Antipolo Triangle Mall, Trinoma, SM North EDSA, and even Clark International Airport, to name a few. See? It’s now easier to go on a quick getaway downtown South with these convenient buses!
Fares vary from ₱30 to ₱100, depending on the destination of the P2P bus you’re planning to hop on. Senior citizens, pregnant women, people with disabilities (PWDs), and students get discounts, too. Take note of their schedules so you know what time you should leave to catch the bus.
When all else fails, you can always hail a cab. They are everywhere, so you should be able to get one in a matter of minutes. Their flagdown rate comes at ₱40 while their per-kilometer rate is at ₱13.50. If you’re coming from Ayala to Cubao, your fare would cost approximately ₱265. It can be a bit higher than Grab’s rate, but it will still depend on the traffic and the time of day.
Unfortunately, some taxi drivers tend to refuse passengers when the destination is too far or it’s raining too hard. That’s shouldn’t stop you, though, from considering a taxi to get to work on a Monday morning. Usually, these taxi drivers are well-versed on the ins and outs of Metro Manila, so they can drive you to your destination through shortcuts.
For some, buying a new car may not be a good idea because of the Tax Reform for Acceleration and Inclusion (TRAIN) .
However, there are those who still think owning a car is the best way for a comfortable commute from home to work and vice-versa. Sure, you’re free to belt out your favorite songs while driving, plus you can go from one place to another without worrying about the long lines in the public vehicle terminals. Make sure to check out this list of cars with updated prices based on TRAIN first before going car shopping, though.
Since we’re already talking about TRAIN, we’re happy to let you know that the rate of car insurance premiums hasn’t changed despite the passing of this tax law. Here comes the big BUT: since new cars have hefty price tags due to new excise taxes, you should expect higher premium rates. Should you still get a car insurance plan? Y-E-S!
Driving your car with peace of mind is always better than feeling nervous because you have no idea what will happen in case you get into an accident. Don’t know which car insurance product to pick? Compare car insurance plans with GoBear so you can protect your brand new car today.