Additional 195 routes for provincial buses to open April 15 — LTFRB

Marje Pelayo   •   April 13, 2021   •   1688

MANILA, Philippines —  The Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) announced that 195 routes in different parts of the country are set to open on Thursday (April 15) for the operation of 2,665 provincial public utility buses (PUBs).

This is in compliance with Memorandum Circular No. 2021-023 issued by the LTFRB and to uphold the mandate of the Department of Transportation (DOTr) of providing convenient travel to the riding public.

Such a move is expected to minimize or fully stop the operation of out-of-line or “colorum” vehicles which the DOTr sees as among the main contributors to the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) to different parts of the country.

Though the LTFRB announced these new routes, protocols will still depend on the restrictions and requirements imposed by respective local government units (LGUs) particularly the decision to open their borders to public vehicles coming from other LGUs.

To check the additional routes, click this link.

Roadworthy provincial buses may operate if they have a valid personal passenger insurance policy in the new routes.

Vehicles allowed in the new routes are those with a QR code from LTFRB which must be printed and displayed in the bus unit.

QR Codes can be downloaded from the LTFRB’s official website www.ltfrb.gov.ph.

DOTr encourages private motorists to take EDSA busway, MRT-3 amid heavy traffic

Aileen Cerrudo   •   July 15, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — Amid the heavy traffic on Metro Manila’s main thoroughfare, the Department of Transportation (DOTr) has encouraged private vehicle owners to take public transportation.

In a statement, the department said that taking the EDSA Busway System and the Metro Rail Transit Line 3 (MRT-3) would help ease the heavy congestion along EDSA.

The DOTr assured that operations of the EDSA Busway System and the MRT-3 remain smooth and travel time is still fast for commuters. From 3 to 4 hours of travel time from Monumento to PITX, it is reduced to 45 minutes to 1 hour, according to the transportation department.

“Ang MRT-3 ay patuloy na nakakapagbibigay ngayon ng mas maganda, mas maayos, at mabilis na serbisyo sa ating mga commuter,” the department said in a statement.

MRT-3 operations would also improve once the massive rehabilitation and maintenance activities are completed by December 2021.

Meanwhile, the government is expected to resume the Service Contracting Program under the regular budget of the national government. This is to provide incentives to PUVs that provide free rides to commuters. AAC

LTFRB adds 20 more buses to EDSA Busway Carousel

Aileen Cerrudo   •   June 17, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — The Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) has added 20 more buses to EDSA Busway Carousel.

LTFRB Chairman Atty. Martin Delgra III said this is in response to the long queues brought by the number of passengers wanting to avail of the free ride program launched by the Department of Transportation (DOTr).

“Dumadami talaga ang pasahero, we have to admit that dahil na rin sa libreng sakay. Kung pagpipiliin po ng pasahero kung saan siya sasakay, sa tren ba na may bayad o sa bus na walang bayad especially along EDSA nakakasiguro ako na pipili tayo doon sa walang bayad,” he said.

(The number of passengers is increasing. We have to admit that this is due to the free rides. If passengers will choose between using the train or the free bus, especially along EDSA, I can assure you they will choose the free ride.)

From the previous 41,000 passengers riding the EDSA Busway Carousel daily, the LTFRB reported that it has increased to 182,000 passengers per day.

The agency is also looking into increasing the capacity per bus to accommodate more passengers and help lessen long queues.

Meanwhile, the DOTr is reviewing the possibility of removing the requirement of wearing face shields in buses as long as the other health and safety protocols will still be followed. AAC (with reports from Marvin Calas)

DOTr, LTFRB address concerns over long queues at MRT, EDSA Carousel Stations

Aileen Cerrudo   •   June 15, 2021

MANILA, Philippines—The Department of Transportation (DOTr) and the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) said they have taken steps to address the long queues in MRT-3 stations and in EDSA Carousel Stations.

In a Facebook post, the DOTr explained that the long lines were prompted by the heavy rain on Friday (June 11).

Vehicular accidents were also reported which contributed to an unusual traffic build-up. The department also noted that waiting time and queuing  are inevitable especially during rush hour or weekend.

“Lines of commuters at the MRT-3 Ortigas and Ayala stations that Friday night were in normal condition. The commuters in the photos lined-up to board buses at the EDSA Carousel stations, which are also located at the said MRT-3 stations,” the DOTr said.

DOTr Secretary Arthur Tugade has ordered the DOTr Road Sector and the LTFRB to implement protocols to avoid long queues. This includes adding more transport marshals, requesting EDSA Busway Consortium to deploy the maximum number of authorized bus units, and deploy more “rescue skip buses” to congested EDSA Bus Stops to pick up passengers especially during rush hours.

Meanwhile, the DOTr Road Sector, Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA), and local government units (LGUs) concerned shall likewise meet and further discuss various measures to prevent traffic congestion that affect the operation of the EDSA Busway. AAC

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