Alternative Transportation Apps You Can Use If ‘The Drivers are Too Busy”
by Anna Rica Rodriguez, July 31, 2019 4:40pm
Art by Dani Elevazo
If you have been staying in Manila for quite a long enough or even just for a day, you know that traffic jams pose a permanent problem for most commuters.
Transportation mobile apps have been in demand ever since Uber launched their business here in the Philippines. Filipinos are hungry for alternative solutions to get where they should be without hassle.
Luckily, some transportation companies have decided to step up and make use of the advancement of technology. Here are the transportation apps and delivery services you can choose from:
This app originated from Go Laguna, where it is based. It will be much easier for people living in nearby provinces to stroll and visit must-see places. This app will accommodate passengers from and within the Manila area, which includes Cavite, Rizal, and Bulacan.
One unique feature of this app is that you can book a ride via phone call in case you don’t have internet or mobile data connection.
If you want an official carpool service to work or home, OWTO is a good option. It basically works like Grab and Uber!
This carpooling app pools passengers with the same pick-up and drop-off point. You can only select routes not farther than 15km in your location. It just launched their new services: taxi, sedan, SUV, and van services in Metro Manila and other provinces.
Hype stands for the company’s core values: honest, young, professional, and empowering. It is a new transportation network communication which has been accredited by LTFRB. Passengers of Hype can book a ride even without an internet connection. The app can detect when you have poor or no internet connection and will redirect you to their SMS or text messaging support.
It is a mobile motorcycle hailing platform designed to provide access to fast, safe, and affordable motorbike transport. The app is available on both iOS and Android, and it’s fairly simple to use. New users of the app can book their angkas trip worth up to 80php free of charge with the Angkas promo code. So screw traffic, unsafe PUVs, and long, inconvenient lines at the MRT station. Just hail yourself a motorcycle via smartphone. By mid-2019, Angkas plans to introduce a new in-app feature, which is an emergency button that will alert qualified Emergency Medical Technicians drivers in the proximity of would-be patient. The service will be called “Angkas Buhay.”
It's a lifesaver for everyone, particularly people on the rush that gives more relaxed one-ride travel on your destination. They got the most number of drivers, available anytime, anywhere in the Metro. It also has a new feature called GrabBus, in which you can book your bus trip early. There's also GrabPet, which allows pets to be transported via PUV and is made for passengers who wish to get around with their pets comfortable and conveniently. Finally, there's GrabFamily which is made for passengers with young ones.
Manila is a big maze with different routes and ever-changing lanes or shortcuts. Sakay.Ph will help you commute confidently without the need for private vehicles. This app will give you the best directions of where to ride a bus, jeepneys, and trains going to your destination. If there are no available cars in the area, this app will convince you that public transport isn't a bad option.
With these useful alternative transportation apps, you can surely get to your destination hassle-free and without stress. So, get your phone and download their apps for a more convenient travel experience.