Ruta ng bus sa EDSA, babawasan simula May 18 – LTFRB

Robie de Guzman   •   May 11, 2020   •   641

MANILA, Philippines – Babawasan na ng Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) ang ruta ng mga bus na dumadaan sa EDSA simula sa May 18.

Ayon kay LTFRB Chairman Martin Delgra III, simula sa susunod na linggo ay gagawin na lamang 29 ang kasalukuyang 96 routes na dinadaanan ng halos 4,600 city bus units sa Metro Manila.

Ayon kay Delgra, mas mapapabilis nito ang oras ng biyahe at madaragdagan din ang bilang ng mga magagawang biyahe ng mga bus.

Aniya, ang ipinatutupad na community quarantine ay nagbigay ng pagkakataon sa mga otoridad na i-rationalize ang land-based public travel sa Kalakhang Maynila.

“Ang nangyari po, out of 96 routes, 61 of these passes through EDSA. Ibig sabihin po nito, it does not start or end at EDSA… It passes through EDSA and that’s the reason why it’s a daily picture that we see na yung traffic congestion lalong-lalo na sa mga buses, makikita natin sa daan,” ani Delgra.

“We are looking at a system now where there would be a dedicated EDSA Bus Service, where all the other bus routes coming from wherever — north, south, southeast, southwest – will now converge into EDSA as the main corridor,” dagdag pa niya’

Paliwanag naman ng Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) na sa ilalim ng bagong sistema, magsisilbi na lamang “connector” ang EDSA at sa designated bus stops na lamang papayagang magbaba at magsakay ng mga pasahero.

“Hindi na rin po pupwedeng every one kilometer, hihinto tayo, no. Kailangan talaga strategic po ang ating paglalagyan na bus stops, para at least matuto talaga ang ating mga kababayan ng tamang disiplina,” ani Jojo Garcia, ang general manager ng MMDA.

Samantala, nanawagan ang LTFRB sa mga kumpanya na maglaan ng shuttle service para sa mga empleyado nitong papayagan nang bumalik sa trabaho sa mga susunod na araw.

Sa pamamagitan nito, sinabi ni Delgra na mas masisiguro ng mga kumpanya na maiibsan ang gastos sa pamasahe at makararating sa oras ang kanilang mga tauhan.

“From a public transport point of view, maiibsan ang pressure ng mga trabahante to take the public transport on the regular route. Kasi dedicated na ‘yung ibabyahe nila mula sa bahay papunta sa kanilang pinatatrabahuan,” ani Delgra.

Ang Metro Manila ay nasa ilalim ng enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) hanggang May 15. Sa ilalim nito, suspindido ang pasok sa mga opisina at paaralan pati na ang operasyon ng mga pampublikong sasakyan; kailangan ring manatili sa kani-kanilang tahanan ang mga taong hindi kabilang sa mga pinapayagang lumabas sa gitna ng COVID-19 crisis.

Hindi pa tiyak kung aalisin o palalawigin ang ECQ sa Metro Manila pagkatapos ng May 15.

Ayon sa Malakanyang, pinag-uusapan pa nina Pangulong Rodrigo Duterte at ng mga miyembro ng Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases ang mga rekomendasyon ukol sa ECQ. Maaaring ilabas ang desisyon sa linggong ito. – RRD (mula sa ulat ni Correspondent Harlene Delgado)

MRT-3 to operate at reduced capacity as COVID-19 cases in depot rise to 127

Maris Federez   •   July 2, 2020

MANILA, Philippines — The MRT management will limit the number of trains in operation starting July 6.

This after a number of its personnel tested positive for the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), bringing the total of positive cases to 127, a Department of Transportation (DOTr) advisory said.

Initial report said the 127 cases consist of 124 Sumitomo Depot personnel and 3 MRT-3 Depot personnel who will be placed under mandatory quarantine and medication.

DOTr Undersecretary for Railways Timothy John Batan said that with the guidance of the IATF-EID and upon the advice of Sumitomo-MHI, MRT-3 will be able to continue operations, with the possibility of reducing capacity or with fewer trains.

“Sumitomo requested to discuss on a day-by-day basis the level of operations that they can sustain as results of the mass swab testing continue to be released. In the meantime, Sumitomo advised that they are able to continue with operations to service MRT-3’s tens of thousands of passengers, although at a reduced level,” said Usec Batan.

“While we try to do our best to keep the same maintenance performance through this week, we would like to discuss with DOTr MRT3 office day by day, how much maintenance level we would be able to keep, in view of the number of COVID-19 infected people,” said Masanori Honda of Sumitomo.

The advisory also said that “to augment MRT-3’s further reduced capacity due to the quarantine of some of its depot personnel, DOTr will be boosting its Bus Augmentation Program and EDSA Busway service, in coordination with the DOTr Road Sector, LTFRB, and MMDA.”

“Per guidance of the IATF-EID, additional measures and precautions will be taken during MRT-3’s reduced operations, including requiring full PPE for stations and depot personnel, limiting movement of depot personnel to their immediate areas of responsibility, increased disinfection activities, and heightened monitoring and screening of symptoms among all personnel,” the advisory further read.

Meanwhile, MRT reminds the public that it will suspend operation on July 4 and 5 to give way to their rail replacement activities. —(with details from Joan Nano) /mbmf

Traditional jeepneys back on Metro Manila roads July 3

Marje Pelayo   •   July 2, 2020

MANILA, Philippines  — The Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) has finally given traditional jeepneys the green light to partially resume operations in Metro Manila starting Friday (July 3).

Under LTFRB Memorandum Circular 2020-026, traditional public utility jeepneys (PUJ) will be allowed in 49 selected routes in the National Capital Region (NCR) throughout implementation of the general community quarantine (GCQ). 

Each unit will have a corresponding QR code on display in lieu of a special permit. 

Operators are advised to secure said QR Code through the LTFRB website at www.ltfrb.gov.ph.

Only PUJS that are registered ‘roadworthy’ and with valid Personal Passenger Insurance Policy will be allowed to operate.

Likewise, no fare increase will be applied unless approved by the Board and the existing fare of P9.00 for the first four kilometers and P1.50 for succeeding kilometer(s) should be followed. 

Drivers and operators are still required to comply with a series of health safety measures, such as checking of body temperature, wearing masks and gloves at all times, and operating at a maximum of 50% capacity to make sure physical distancing is observed. 

A fare dropbox is encouraged to limit personal contact with passengers. 

Also, passengers are required to fill out passenger contact forms for contact tracing purposes and should wear masks at all times.

LIST of approved PUJ routes starting July 3:

  • T102 Camarin – Novaliches;
  • T103 Karuhatan – Ugong;
  • T104 Malabon – Monumento via Letre;
  • T105 Malabon (TP) – Navotas (TP);
  • T107 Monumento – Navotas via Letre;
  • T205 Cubao – Proj. 4 via JP Rizal;
  • T206 Cubao – San Juan via N. Domingo;
  • T208 IBP Road – Lupang Pangako via Gravel Pit Road;
  • T209 Marikina – Pasig;
  • T210 Pantranco – Proj. 2 & 3 via Kamuning;
  • T211 Proj. 2 & 3 – Q Mart;
  • T212 Sucat-Highway – Bagumbayan;
  • T213 Ayala – Pateros via JP Rizal;
  • T215 Marikina – Pateros via Pasig;
  • T301 A. Boni – A. Mabini via 10th Ave.;
  • T302 A. Bonifacio – D Tuazon/E. Rodriguez Ave.;
  • T303 A. Rivera – Raon via Severino Reyes;
  • T305 Ayala – Mantrade via Pasong Tamo;
  • T306 Ayala – Washington;
  • T309 Balic-Balic – Quiapo via Lepanto;
  • T310 Balic-Balic – Bustillos via G. Tuazon;
  • T311 Balic-Balic – Espana/M. Dela Fuente;
  • T312 Balintawak – Frisco;
  • T313 Balut – Blumentritt;
  • T314 Blumentritt – North Harbor via Divisoria;
  • T316 Boni – Kalentong JRC via Boni Avenue;
  • T317 Dian – Libertad;
  • T318 Divisoria – Gastambide via Morayta;
  • T320 Divisoria – Pier North via Plaza Moriones;
  • T321 Divisoria – Quiapo via Evangelista;
  • T322 Evangelista – Libertad;
  • T323 Divisoria – Velasquez;
  • T324 Guadalupe Market – L. Guinto via Pasig Line;
  • T326 L. Guinto – Sta. Ana;
  • T327 Herbosa/Pritil – P. Guevarra via Tayuman;
  • T328 Kalentong/JRC – P. Victorino via P. Cruz;
  • T330 Divisoria – Sta. Cruz via San Nicolas;
  • T331 Kayamanan C – PRC via Pasong Tamo;
  • T332 L. Guinto – Zobel Roxas via Paco;
  • T333 Lardizabal – Rizal Ave. via M. Dela Fuente;
  • T334 Lealtad – Quiapo (Barbosa) via Lepanto;
  • T335 Kalentong/JRC – Libertad (Mandaluyong) Nueve de Pebrero;
  • T336 Kalentong/JRC – Namayan via Vergara;
  • T338 North Harbor – Quiapo via Evangelista;
  • T340 P. Faura – San Andres;
  • T343 Quezon Ave. – Sta. Mesa Market via Araneta Avenue;
  • T344 Crame – San Juan via Pinaglabanan;
  • T401 Alabang – Sucat via M.L. Quezon; and
  • T402 Soldiers Hill (Phase IV) – Talon via Alvarez

Traditional jeepneys allowed to resume operations this week

Marje Pelayo   •   June 29, 2020

MANILA, Philippines — The Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) is still finalizing the routes where public utility jeepneys (PUJs) could operate.

According to LTFRB Chairman Martin Delgra, they have already identified 30 routes for traditional PUJs which are scheduled to open within the week. 

Delgra, however, reminds traditional jeepney drivers who will be allowed to resume operations to secure a special permit in addition to their vehicles passing the emission and road worthiness test.

UV Express service units began plying major roads again in Metro Manila on Monday (June 29) to augment the limited transportation under the general community quarantine (GCQ) in relation to the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic.

Modern jeepneys have also been allowed to operate, prompting critics to allege that the LTFRB was using the COVID-19 pandemic to push the government’s public utility vehicle (PUV) modernization program; an allegation which LTFRB has denied. MNP (with inputs from Joan Nano)

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