The Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) has allowed the return of almost 2,000 units of traditional and modern jeepneys on Metro Manila roads starting Tuesday, April 13.
Four LTFRB memorandum circulars (MCs) dated April 10 indicate that a total of 1,948 public utility jeepneys (PUJs) are set to resume operations on 62 routes in the National Capital Region (NCR).
The deployment of additional PUJs came amid the lowering of quarantine protocols in the “greater Manila area” from an enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) to a modified (MECQ).
The LTFRB said the move was in line with the directive of Department of Transportation (DOTr) Sec. Arthur P. Tugade to allow additional public utility vehicles (PUVs) back on roads amid the reduced passenger capacity being implemented in all forms of land transportation.
Under MC Nos. 2021-024, 026, and 027, the following routes would reopen Tuesday in order to service traditional PUJs:
- Karuhatan – Ugong via Gen. De Leon
- Monumento – Malabon via Letre
- Novaliches – Rizal Ave via A Bonifacio
- Monumento – Paco (Obando) via Dagohoy
- Monumento-Paco(Obando) via MH Pilar via Daghoy
- Malabon – Monumento via Acacia
- Bigte (Norzagaray, Bulacan) – Novaliches via Quirino
- NPC/NIA(SM) via Congressional Ave., Mindanao Ave.
- NAPOCOR/NIAVILLE – Trinoma/SM via Congressional Ave
- NPC/NIA Village – Mindanao Ave, Congressional Ave.
- NIA VIL/NPC – Mindanao Ave, Congressional Ave.
- Monumento – Sto Niño via Expressway
- Calumpang – Cubao via 20th Ave, P Tuazon
- Marikina(TP) – Paenaan,Antipolo
- Bagong Nayon II-Marikina via Marcos Hiway
- Cainta Junction – Cubao
- SM Marikina – Pateros via Pasig
- UP Ikot and vice versa
- Cogeo – Cubao via Marcos Highway
- Lagro – Anonas via V. Luna
- Binangonan – Marcos Hiway/Imelda Avenue
- EDSA Shaw Blvd. – E. Rodriguez via Vargas Ave.
- Marikina – Parang via Fortune
- Marikina – Parang via JP Rizal
- A. Mabini – A. Bonifacio via 10th Ave.
- Divisoria – Sta Cruz
- Paco – Sta. Mesa via Nagtahan
- Quezon Ave – Sta Mesa Mkt via Araneta A
- Q. Ave- Sta. Mesa via Araneta Guriayan
- Cabrera – Libertad
- Quiapo(Barbosa) – Santol via Sta Mesa
- Quiapo(Barbosa) – Santol, Sta Mesa, Arlegui
- Del Monte – Kanlaon/Quezon Ave via Mayon
- Guadalupe (ABC) – Pateros
- Proj 2&3 – España RTD via Timog Ave.
- Welcome Rotunda – Proj 2&3 via Timog Ave.
- Divisoria – San Juan via C.M Recto
- Divisoria – MCU
- Divisoria – Sangandaan
- Alabang – Sucat
- Alabang-Signal Village via So. Expressway
- Alabang – Balibago Sta Rosa Lag. via SSH
- Alabang – Biñan via National Rd
- Talon – Molino Pagasa via Marcos Alvarez
- Talon – Molino Pagasa via Marcos A Paliprn
- Molino (SM) Bacoor CVT-Alabang Muntinlupa via SM
- Alabang – Katarungan Village via Muntinlupa NBP
- EDSA/Shaw Central – Pasig (TP)
- Guadalupe – FTI via JP Rizal Extension
- Pasig (TP) – Taytay
- EDSA/Shaw Central – Taytay
- Pasig – Taytay via Pasig Market
- EDSA/Shaw Central – San Juan, Taytay via Sandoval
- Taytay-SM Megamall (C-5, Pasig) via San Juan Highway 2000
- Pag-Asa Pier South via Quezon Avenue
- Fairview (Dahlia) – Cubao (Arayat) via Commonwealth
- Jordan Plaines – QC Hall via Elliptical
- Jordan Plains (Novaliches) – Quezon City Hall
The LTFRB will also open the Lagro-Quezon Memorial Circle route for 20 modern PUJ units.
This brings the total number of traditional PUJ routes approved by the LTFRB since June last year to 414, covering 27,246 units.
On the other hand, modern PUJs have 50 approved routes, with 950 units.
Transportation authorities reminded drivers, operators, and passengers to strictly observe minimum health protocols while inside PUVs in order to prevent the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19).
These include the wearing of face masks, face shields and compliance with the physical distancing rule.
The LTFRB earlier said it continuous to assess proposals on the opening of more routes in a bid to accommodate more essential passengers amid the pandemic.