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
Headquarters Cubao, Quezon City, Philippines
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.

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 Baguio City and the Central Luzon plains (Pampanga and Nueva Ecija provinces).[1]

Aside from transportation by bus, Partas also provides limousine service for celebrities and distinguished persons visiting the province of Ilocos Sur.[citation needed]

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).[2]"Partas" also sounds like "pardas," an Ilocano term for "being fast" or "speed."[3]

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).[2] 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 (Ilocos Sur), Bangued,(Abra), Baguio City (Benguet) San Fernando (La Union). A limited service operates through the Clark International Airport, located within the Clark Freeport Zone in Pampanga.[4]

In Metro Manila, the main hub is at Cubao, Quezon City, which deploys trips to majority of its provincial destinations, except for Baguio City. In addition, trips to Clark International Airport are available only through Cubao terminal.

Trips to and from Baguio City (as well as Laoag City and Bangued, Abra) are available via their terminal in Pasay City.

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

Partas also has inter-provincial trips, running between Baguio City and Vigan City; and Laoag City and Bangued, Abra. Partas' latest service runs from San Jose City in Nueva Ecija up to City of San Fernando, Pampanga, passing through Cabanatuan City, Gapan City and Olongapo City in Zambales.[citation needed]

On April 17, 2011, a Filipino actor AJ Perez was killed when his ABS CBN service van crashed into a Partas Bus along MacArthur Highway in Barangay San Julian, Paniqui, Tarlac while his driver tried to overtake a trailer truck.[citation needed]

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.[5]

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

(*) Already Terminated and now operated under Genesis Transport.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "A Partas experience". Opinion - Guiangster (Ilocos Sentinel). 17 January 2012. Retrieved 10 June 2014. 
  2. ^ a b "Go Update - Partas Disclaimer". The Manila Standard. 15 May 1996. Retrieved 10 June 2014. 
  3. ^ "About Partas - It's beginnings". Partas Official Facebook Page. Retrieved 10 June 2014. 
  4. ^ "Bus firm serves Clark airport". Philippine Daily Inquirer. 30 March 2007. Retrieved 10 June 2014. 
  5. ^ http://www.flickr.com/photos/8374290@N02/2219810941/in/photostream/