Partas

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Partas Transportation Co., Inc.
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A Partas bus en route to Bangued, Abra, pauses at a rest stop.
Slogan “We take pride in our courteous and safe drivers.”
Founded 1992
Service type Provincial Operation
Fleet 300+ vehicles (MAN, Hino, Nissan Diesel, Mitsubishi Fuso, Golden Dragon, Mercedes-Benz, Hyundai), Yutong, Higer, plus one Neoplan Skyliner "Skybus"
Operator Partas Transportation Co., Inc.
Website http://www.partastransportation.com

Partas Transportation Co., Inc. is a bus transportation company in the Philippines. It operates a 24/7 service for passengers and freight (known as "waybill") between Metro Manila and northwest Luzon (the Ilocos corridor), with services also running to the Cordilleras in Baguio City and Bangued, Abra.

Aside from transporting passengers by bus, Partas also offers chartered service for tour groups.

Etymology[edit]

The name "Partas" was derived from the term "SATRAP", an ancient Persian word for "governor" (since Chavit Singson, the owner, served as governor of Ilocos Sur for many years), spelled in reverse,. ("Satrap" also refers to the name of the construction business owned and managed by Partas' owner/operator).[1]"Partas" also sounds like "pardas," an Ilocano term for "being fast" or "speed."[2]

History[edit]

Partas traces back its humble beginnings to 1992, a time when Philippine Rabbit and rival Farinas Transit ruled the Ilocos routes; and with millionaire Santiago Rondaris' Times Transit shut down for good due to labor disputes (which later became Dominion Bus Lines); and St. Joseph was sidelined by hard times. Partas Bus lines, as a company, was incorporated by Luis "Chavit" Singson and Rolito Go at Laoag (Ilocos Norte).[1] Even as a new player in the industry back then, Partas has attracted the riding public with its state-of-the-art buses powered by Nissan Diesel and MAN engines; with the distinctive blue and white livery, and the Roadrunner character from Looney Tunes, their standard emblem, adorning the front and sides of their buses.

Partas is one of two bus companies in the Ilocos Region to have ever fielded a double-decker bus (the other being Farinas).[citation needed]

The principal provincial terminals are at Laoag City (Ilocos Norte), Vigan City and Candon City (Ilocos Sur), Bangued (Abra), Baguio City (Benguet) San Fernando (La Union). In 2014, a sub-station in Pagudpud, Ilocos Norte,

In Metro Manila, the main hub is at Cubao, Quezon City, which deploys trips to majority of its provincial destinations, except for Baguio City.

Trips to and from the majority of its provincial destinations, except for Baguio City, are available via their terminal in Pasay City. One of the latest routes added to Pasay terminal is Pasay to Pagudpud, Ilocos Norte (v.v.)

The latest terminal within Metro Manila was opened in Sampaloc district of Manila City. This terminal principally caters to goods traders in Binondo and Divisoria district of Manila, and students in Manila's University Belt who hail from Laoag City, Bangued, and Pagudpud.

Partas also has inter-provincial trips, running between Baguio City, Vigan City, Laoag City and Bangued, Abra.

Fleet[edit]

Partas bus (Dau, Mabalacat, Pampanga Terminal)

Partas operates around 300 buses with plans for expansion to General Santos City. These buses are an assortment—from locally made ones to imports. The locals are built by Almazora Motors, Pilipinas Hino, and Del Monte Motorworks, while the imported ones are Golden Dragon and Yutong buses from China, and Universal Space Luxury buses from the Korean manufacturer Hyundai.

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The company's logo is a Roadrunner character which is displayed on their buses.[3]

Fare Classes[edit]

Partas has employed various fare classes, which are sequenced below from the least to the most priced, yet all are air conditioned

  • Ordinary (first generation buses)
  • Regular (second-generation buses)
  • First Class (newest bus units to date)
  • Deluxe (28 or 31-seater buses)

Destinations[edit]

Metro Manila

  • Provincial Destinations

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Go Update - Partas Disclaimer". The Manila Standard. 15 May 1996. Retrieved 10 June 2014. 
  2. ^ "About Partas - It's beginnings". Partas Official Facebook Page. Retrieved 10 June 2014. 
  3. ^ http://www.flickr.com/photos/8374290@N02/2219810941/in/photostream/