Buses with left-side doors now plying EDSA busway route — DOTr

Robie de Guzman   •   August 25, 2020   •   499

MANILA, Philippines – Bus units with doors on the left-side for entry and exit of passengers have already started plying EDSA, the Department of Transportation (DOTr) said.

Three bus units with left-side doors from HM Transport Inc. have been deployed along EDSA Busway route to better accommodate commuters who will be using the new loading and unloading bus stops in the innermost lane of EDSA.

Seven more bus units with the same configuration are also expected to be deployed in September.

The RRCG Transport System will also release more left-entry buses for the EDSA Busway route.

The DOTr said the configured buses were launched to ensure safe service for the commuting public.

To further protect the riding public, canopies and lighting fences were also installed as well as concrete barriers and steel separators on EDSA’s median lanes.

The department, meanwhile, reminded public transport drivers and passengers to strictly follow the existing health protocols provided by the Inter-Agency Task Force to help stop the spread of novel coronavirus disease.

All forms of public transportation are also mandated to comply with the limited passenger capacity of 50 percent to maintain physical distancing among its passengers. – RRD (with details from Correspondent Asher Cadapan Jr.)

DOTr requires all airport passengers to use contact tracing app

Aileen Cerrudo   •   October 29, 2020

All airport passengers will be required to download and use the Traze app for contact tracing beginning November 28, according to the Department of Transportation (DOTr).

In an advisory released on Wednesday (October 28), the DOTr said passengers should register, follow the instructions indicated in the app, input the needed information, and activate the account.

IMPORTANT ADVISORYALL airport passengers MUST download and register an account in the TRAZE Contact Tracing App…

Posted by Department of Transportation – Philippines on Wednesday, October 28, 2020

The app will enable the government’s contact tracing efforts, amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic, to be strengthened and be more efficient.

The department advised passengers without mobile devices to go to the Malasakit Helpdesk at the airport where they will be provided assistance in getting a unique QR code.

The Transportation department also assures that passenger information will remain secured and fully complied with the Data Privacy Act (DPA) or Republic Act No. 10173. –AAC

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DOTr moves implementation of cashless toll collections to December 1

Robie de Guzman   •   October 28, 2020

MANILA, Philippines – The Department of Transportation (DOTr) on Wednesday announced that the start of the implementation of full cashless transactions on expressways has been moved from November 2 to December 1.

In an advisory, the DOTr said the enforcement of the 100% cashless transaction was pushed to a later date to give more time for motorists who have yet to install radio frequency identification (RFID) stickers on their vehicles.

The Toll Regulatory Board (TRB), an attached agency of the DOTr supervising toll road operations, earlier said that the Metro Pacific Tollways Corporation (MPTC) and the San Miguel Corporation (SMC) have expressed readiness to implement cashless toll collections but have extended the installation of the RFID stickers beyond November 2.

But according to the DOTr, the deadline will no longer be extended beyond December 1.

Motorists who fail to conform to the government mandate will be apprehended and issued a citation ticket, it added.

DOTr Assistant Secretary for Road Transport and Infrastructure Mark Steven Pastor reminded motorists to make use of the extended deadline to have RFIDs installed in their vehicles as early as they can.

“Iwasan natin ‘yung kung kailan isang linggo na lang, tsaka tayo magmamadaling magpunta sa installation sites para magpakabit ng RFID. Now, we are extending the deadline to give further consideration. Let us use the extension wisely,” Pastor said.

The DOTr earlier issued Department Order 2020-012, which ordered the full implementation of cashless toll collections at expressways and major toll roads, in line with the government’s thrust to contain the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) and to avoid traffic congestion in toll plazas. – RRD (with details from Correspondent Joan Nano)

DOTr looking for other value card service providers

Robie de Guzman   •   October 6, 2020

MANILA, Philippines – The Department of Transportation (DOTr) on Tuesday said it is now looking for other automated fare collection system providers following the suspension of the mandatory use of Beep cards in the EDSA Busway.

The DOTr said it wants value card service providers that can give value cards to passengers in lower price or free of charge.

The value cards should also be interoperable or can be used in other forms of public transport.

According to Transportation Assistant Secretary Goddess Hope Libiran, the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) has met with other service providers to discuss proposals about the implementation of cashless transactions.

“Yung direction ni Secretary Tugade dito at ng DOTr yung cashless transactions should be able to operate on an integrated manner and it should be inter-operable before the end of this year. So, that is the target,” she said.

“Ang sabi ni Secretary Tugade there should be no monopoly and we need to open the automated fare collection system to all providers but they should be able to integrate and operate the system for free,” she added.

Aside from value cards, the DOTr is also looking into the use of QR code-based electronic ticketing system on the EDSA Busway.

The suspension of the mandatory use of Beep cards came after its provider, AF Payments Inc. refused the DOTr’s request to cut the fee of Beep cards alone.

The AF Payments Inc., however, offered to give away 125,000 Beep cards free of charge to commuters who cannot afford one.

The DOTr welcomed the move but it still insists that the value cards should be given for free.

President Rodrigo Duterte, in a public address late Monday night, said the Beep cards should be provided for free, adding that he will look for resources to fund the subsidized cards. – RRD (with details from Correspondent Joan Nano)

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