200 modern jeepneys to hit Metro Manila roads next week

Marje Pelayo   •   July 20, 2018   •   9225

MANILA, Philippines – The Department of Transportation (DOTr) has launched Friday (July 20) 150 units more of modern public utility jeepney (PUJ).
This number is an addition to the previously launched 50 PUJ units in line with the administration’s jeepney modernization program.
The units indeed look very modern and equipped with high-tech features like WiFi, CCTV, GPS, a dash cam, speed limiter, and even an automatic fare collection system. Some units have features for people with disability (PWD).
Each jeep can carry 9 to 22 passengers and have higher ceilings fit for standing passengers. Also, to fit the standards of the DOTr, the doors are placed at the sides and not the rear purposely for passenger safety.
The regular routes of these modern PUJs will be from Senate to Vito Cruz and LRT in Buendia; Bagumbayan in Taguig towards Pasig via San Joaquin; Guadalupe BGC to Fort Bonifacio Gate 3; and in some parts of Iloilo.
The modern jeeps will charge a P10.00 minimum fare for every ride and an additional P2.00 for every succeeding kilometer.
With these beneficial features, DOTr is confident that the modern jeepneys will gain high patronage from the riding public despite seemingly endless oppositions to the government’s modernization plan.
“Kapag nakita mo na itong 200 na ito na tumatakbo sa kalye kung ikaw ang pasahero pipiliin mo pa ba yung bulok tsaka yung delikado ang buhay mo?” DOTr Usec. Thomas Orbos said. – Joan Nano / Marje Pelayo

DOTr, PPA to inaugurate new passenger building terminal of Tagbilaran Port on April 14

Aileen Cerrudo   •   April 13, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — The Department of Transportation (DOTr) and the Philippine Ports Authority (PPA) will inaugurate the new Passenger Terminal Building (PTB) of the Port of Tagbilaran.

The inauguration is scheduled for April 14 which will also be the formal start of the terminal’s operations.

“The completion of the development project is an important milestone for Tagbilaran City’s main seaport after it sustained significant structural damage from a strong earthquake in 2013,” the DOTr said in a statement.

The newly-completed PTB will augment the passenger capacity of the Port of Tagbilaran to further provide the public with more comfortable and convenient sea travel. It can accommodate 613 additional passengers, bringing the total capacity to 1,110.

In addition to the completed two (2)-story Passenger Terminal Building, the PPA also constructed a pump house, installed concrete pavements, and built lamp post foundations at the port. AAC

LRT-MRT Common Station approaching 50% completion — DOTr

Marje Pelayo   •   March 24, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — The Department of Transportation (DOTr) on Wednesday, March 23, announced that the LRT-MRT Common Station that would link the Light Rail Transit (LRT) with the Metro Rail Transit (MRT) is around 50 percent complete.

In its latest Facebook post, the DOTr said the overall progress rate of the common station project now stands at 48.48 percent.

The project, which started some seven years ago, is targeted to be completed in December 2021.

The common station features a 13,700-square meter “concourse area,” which will “seamlessly interconnect” the rail lines of LRT-1, MRT-3, MRT-7, and the much-awaited Metro Manila Subway.

The project is expected to ease mobility of commuters in Metro Manila, particularly along the main transit routes, from Baclaran to Monumento to the entire length of EDSA.

DOTr seeks public’s help in identifying woman taking selfie sans face mask inside MRT-3

Marje Pelayo   •   March 22, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — The Department of Transportation (DOTr) is seeking the public’s help in identifying the woman seen in a viral video taking a selfie inside an MRT-3 train without a face mask and face shield.

“We deem the passenger’s action not only reckless and insensitive, but also posed a possible threat to the health of her fellow passengers,” the DOTr statement said.

“We now ask the public’s assistance for information to identify the woman on the video, for investigation and filing of appropriate charges due to violations of the public health and safety protocols,” it added,

The Department said an investigation is likewise being conducted to determine if there was any negligence on the part of the transport marshal on duty.

In light of the incident, the agency once again called on MRT-3 passengers to religiously observe health protocols inside trains, and to be patient and obedient when transport marshals remind or warn them not to breach the rules.

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