Rural Transit bus

Rural Transit has new buses in its routes

Much to my surprise when I got to the Ecoland bus terminal in Davao City, seeing for the first time the new buses of Rural Transit Mindanao Inc. (RTMI). It was big, huge, in fact compared to their usual airconditioned and deluxe buses with plush seating, cavernous baggage compartment and a built in toilet! It seats 49 passengers and is probably the first in Mindanao, if Super 5, that other big company that plies the CDO-Iligan route hasn’t beaten it yet.

Mindanao, although the second largest island in the Philippines has only a few big bus lines serving the major routes with Ceres Liner the dominant provider. It owns Ceres Liner that plies the CDO-Surigao route with its yellow buses. It’s own Rural Transit (Bachelor and Fortune Express were bought out in 1985, Lilian and Mary May Express in 2005) plies the CDO-Gensan, Davao, Pagadian, Zamboanga, Dipolog routes.

I have only seen these buses plying the CDO-DVO and CDO-ILIGAN (and vice versa) routes and according to the guard that I spoke to at the terminal, started last week. These buses are manufactured by King Long of China and the type, the XMQ6129Y, have been awarded Coach of the Year in the BAAV 2007, a yearly bus industry competition.

I took this bus from Davao City to Cagayan de Oro as well as Cagayan de Oro to Iligan. The seats are comfortable and, unlike RTMI’s older buses, made the trip more bearable when it passed through road works in Bukidnon. The flat screen TVs are also clear although there were differences in the rendering of the colors and contrast. One problem though is I kept on bumping into these TVs when going down.

Although better buses have been in Luzon for years, those with built in toilets, sleeper types and the like, it’s only recently that Mindanao has a taste of these kind of buses. Is RTMI the first and only one offering new units? Actually, its competitor, Super 5 Transport Inc., which covers a smaller area has better Higer buses since 2014 but I haven’t seen one that offers built in toilets.

Please, this is not the bus company. If you have questions re bus schedules, trips and more, here is their address and contact information from GOOGLE:

Address: Zone 1, Barangay Bulua, Cagayan de Oro, 9000 Misamis Oriental
Phone:(088) 858 588

View of the bus from the front

View of the bus from the front

View of the bus interior from the back. Enclosed compartment is the built in toilet.

View of the bus interior from the back. Enclosed compartment is the built in toilet.

Comfortable seats with flanged head rests

Comfortable seats with flanged head rests

The driver's area and dashboard

The driver’s area and dashboard

Spacious cargo bay

Spacious cargo bay

Swivel flat screen tvs

Swivel flat screen tvs

From left to right: plastic aircon vents, seats and sealed in overhead baggage compartment and bus entrance

From left to right: plastic aircon vents, seats and sealed in overhead baggage compartment and bus entrance

Exterior and interior of toilet

Exterior and interior of toilet

The new buses of Rural Transit (RTMI) that serves the CDO-DVO and CDO-ILI routes

The new buses of Rural Transit Mindanao Inc. (RTMI) that serves the CDO-DVO and CDO-ILI routes

All images taken with the LG G3

Estan Cabigas is freelance photographer, blogger and writer based in Makati City, the Philippines. A true blue Cebuano, he makes stunning images and meaningful photo stories. His work has been published in local and international publications including National Geographic Magazine, Geo (Germany), Sunday Times Magazine (London) and other publications. He is also a peripatetic traveler and has traveled to all 81 Philippines provinces. I'm open for work, collaborations and inquiries, including hotel, restaurant and site features and reviews.

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  1. estan
    December 28, 2016 @ 22:43

    LottyP, I searched po sa GOOGLE: Address: Zone 1, Barangay Bulua, Cagayan de Oro, 9000 Misamis Oriental
    Phone:(088) 858 5887

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