The Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) has allowed almost 4,000 more traditional jeepneys to resume its operations on 35 additional routes in the capital region.
The LTFRB said the additional routes that were opened on Nov. 2 will service at least 3,936 traditional public utility jeepneys (PUJs) across Metro Manila.
This brings the total number of authorized traditional PUJ units to 33,163 plying the 371 approved routes in the metropolis since the enforcement of a more relaxed general community quarantine (GCQ) in June.
Based on LTFRB’s Memorandum Circular 2020-068, the following additional routes have been approved by the Board:
• Amparo – Novaliches
• Bagong Barrio – G De Jesus/EDSA
• Bagong Silang – SM Fairview
• Bagong Silang – SM Fairview via Zabarte Rd
• AFP/PNP (Taguig) – Guadalupe (Abc) via M. Asun
• Bicutan(Taguig) – Pasig (TP) via Pateros
• Crame (Sunrise Subd) – Cubao via Murphy
• Cubao – Bagumbayan via Libis
• Cubao – Libis via Murphy
• Cubao – Parang via 20th Ave., P. Tuazon
• Cubao – Rosario (Pasig) – Sta Lucia (Pasig)
• Cubao – Rosario(Pasig) via Santolan
• Cubao – Silangan (San Mateo) via Marikina
• Cubao – Silangan (San Mateo) via Woodland
• Baclaran – Blumentritt via SM Mall of Asia, Taft Ave., Quiapo
• Baclaran – Blumentritt via L. Guinto
• Baclaran – Dapitan via Taft Ave., SM Mall of Asia
• Baclaran – Divisoria via Taft Ave.
• Bacood – Quiapo (Barbosa) via R. Magsaysay
• BBB/Tullahan Village – Sta. Cruz via F. Huertas
• Blumentritt – PUC via Baesa
• Boni/Pinatubo – Kalentong/JRC
• Cor. Ortigas Ave./Wilson St. – Mabini/All SJ
• Alabang – Baclaran via B. Aquino, SSH
• Alabang – Baclaran via Coastal Rd.
• Alabang – Baclaran via Imelda, SSH
• Alabang – Baclaran via San Dionisio Zapote
• Alabang – San Joaquin via Bicutan
• Alabang – Sucat via Cupang
• Almanza (Las Piñas) – Baclaran
• Baclaran – Sucat via Tambo
• Baclaran – Sucat/SSH via B. Aquino Ave.
• Baclaran – Sucat/SSH via Imelda Ave.
• Baclaran – Sucat/SSH via Quirino Ave.
• Centennial Terminal – SM Mall Of Asia
Since Metro Manila was placed under GCQ, which allowed public transport to return on the roads after months of hard lockdown, the Board has so far approved over 90,000 public utility vehicles to ferry more passengers to aid in economic recovery.
This includes the 865 modern PUJs to ply 48 routes; 4,499 public utility buses in 34 routes; 305 provincial buses in 14 routes; 387 point-to-point buses in 34 routes.
The transport regulatory body also approved a total of 20,964 taxi and 25,068 Transport Network Vehicles Services (TNVS) units to ferry passengers in the capital region.
Under the memorandum, roadworthy traditional PUJs will be allowed to ply these routes without a special permit, but a QR Code should be downloaded prior to operation and be displayed on the unit.
The LTFRB emphasized that the existing fare of P9 for the first four kilometers and P1.50 for succeeding kilometers should be followed and no fare adjustment shall be applied unless approved by the Board.
Drivers and operators, as well as passengers, are likewise reminded to strictly comply with the minimum health standards set by the Inter-Agency Task Force and the Department of Transportation (DOTr) for all PUVs.
Failure to comply with the rules set by the Board would be penalized, fined, and their permits revoked, the agency warned.