The Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) opened on Thursday the Pampanga to Cubao route, completing the 12 modified routes earlier allowed by regulators to serve provincial buses going to and from the capital region.
In an announcement, the LTFRB said commuters can now travel through the modified route of San Fernando City, Pampanga to Araneta Center Cubao via Mindanao Ave. – Congressional Ave. Ext. – Katipunan in Quezon City beginning October 1.
The route was supposed to reopen on Wednesday but was suspended to give way for “additional consultations” with the concerned local government units (LGUs).
The LTFRB reminded the public that only Pampanga residents and those working in the province will be allowed to travel.
“It is necessary to show documents such as proof of residency or employment at the terminal. Passengers should also purchase bus tickets at least two days before the travel date as stated in LTFRB Memorandum Circular 2020-051,” it added.
At least 21 units have been authorized by the board to ply the Pampanga-Cubao route from operators Victory Liner, First North Luzon Transit, Philippine Rabbit Bus Lines, and RJ Express.
Under the LTFRB’s circular, only 286 of the 1,445 registered provincial buses were allowed to resume operations in 12 modified routes that were reopened to and from Pampanga, Batangas, Cavite, and Laguna.
The Parañaque Integrated Terminal Exchange (PITX) will serve as the endpoint of buses from Batangas City, Lipa, Lemery, and Nasugbu in Batangas; Indang, Mendez, Tagaytay City, and Ternate in Cavite; and from Calamba City, Siniloan and Sta. Cruz in Laguna which already returned on the road on Wednesday.
Passengers were also reminded to bring necessary documents such as a travel pass issued by the PNP from their place of origin, a valid identification card, and a written consent that they agree to undergo COVID-19 testing or quarantine at the terminal or end-point destination in case the LGU requires.