Andrea L. Madlangbayan, SM City Clark mall manager, said four eJeeps with 25-passenger capacities each have been initially deployed by SM Supermalls to transport passengers in front of the mall’s French Baker restaurant waiting area to the Clark airport departure and arrival gates and back.
During the “News@Hues” media forum at the Park Inn Hotel Clark here on Tuesday, Madlangbayan also said the deployment of the eJeeps was in response to Gov. Lilia “Nanay Baby” Pineda’s request and initiative to support the development of the CIA especially with more travelers and more fl ights coming in.
“SM will be providing the free shuttling service using the eJeeps which have positive effects on the environment because of their lower emission charge and yield very low carbon footprint. They can be charge for six hours but they can go on for the entire day,” Madlangbayan said.
She said the eJeeps begin ferrying passengers as soon as the mall opens from 10 a.m. up to 11 p.m. daily point to point.
A similar service has been going on at the Mall of Asia to NAIA, she added.
“This will be a better alternative because now you can park your car in the mall parking lot and ride the eJeep to go to the airport and you feel secure because your car is secured at SM,” she said.
Eventually, Madlangbayan said, a P25 fare will be charged from passengers as more travelers come in with more flights. She also said the service will be offered on a 24-hour basis with additional eJeep units.
Madlangbayan said a memorandum of agreement is still being finalized but will be between the provincial government of Pampanga, Clark Development Corp., Clark International Airport Corp. and SM.
It can be recalled that the provincial government was besieged with complaints from local travelers after passenger jeepneys plying the route charged as much as P250 per person.