Metro Manila’s traffic gridlock has shown no signs of easing up. With more and more commuters joining the fray every year, commuting by traditional means has almost become unbearable. Thankfully, there are now other options aside from riding public transportation in the usual manner, such as Uber and Grab. But other than these two apps, here are five more apps to help you improve your daily commute:
If you want to plan your route ahead of time, Sakay.ph gives you all the possible routes and changeovers, plus the ETA and fare estimations for all of them. We’ve yet to find a jeep or bus route that it doesn’t know, at least in Metro Manila.
Simply put in your origin and your destination, and the app does the rest. You can select the best options from the tabs at the top, with the map and details below. It’s a useful app to help you pinpoint the best way to your destination, or to discover an alternate route that you hadn’t thought of before.
Even with your paths set, traffic can still be unpredictable. A minor accident in the wrong place can cause a traffic jam that can persist for hours. So even if you have your favorite route when commuting, it’s best to check Waze before heading out.
A quick check before you set out can save you from hours of doing nothing while waiting in line or stuck in traffic. Waze can show you the volume of traffic, road closures, or even car accidents along your way. Knowing what lies in your path can help you better decide whether to take an alternate route or maybe even wait it out until the traffic jam clears.
Launched in the country just early this year, Wunder is an app that aims to promote carpooling by letting car owners and commuters share fuel costs. With sixty-five percent of cars in Quezon City alone being driven without extra passengers, this is an app with a lot of potential for growth.
It differs from Uber and Grab by focusing on drivers and guests (riders) who generally follow a set route to and from work every day. This helps to reinforce the carpooling habit and form a sense of community, compared to the very transactional nature of Uber and Grab. And here, car owners can choose to approve or decline offers from possible passengers to share their ride. With the cost of a trip amounting to around Php 60 for a 15 kilometer journey, it can also be much cheaper than other ride-sharing services.
Available on Android
U-Hop is a locally-developed, app-based transportation service. The main difference is that itallows you to book a seat on a shuttle service/UV Express, seating up to 7 people per ride.
It also differs in that fares are paid in advance, with roundtrip rides costing Php 693 weekly, while monthly roundtrip rides cost Php 2,970. There are also options for unlimited rides which are priced at Php 1,400 weekly and Php 6,000 monthly.
Android users should be happy that one of the best apps for the job is the one that you get out of the box. Google Maps for Metro Manila has seen significant improvements, with commuting directions, voice instructions, and traffic prediction now available. Easy integration with your Google account can also make it easier keep track of places you’ve been to.
You can’t let bad city planning and inefficient transportation foil you. With advances in technology, we can all do more than just ride a bus and hope for the best. Hence, we hope these five alternatives can get you started on a better and more hassle-free commuting habit.