DOTR-LTFRB: P10.00 minimum jeepney fare not yet effective
Marje Pelayo • October 18, 2018 • 4851
MANILA, Philippines – The Department of Transportation (DOTr) and the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) clarified confusion on the official implementation of the P2.00 increase in minimum fare on public utility jeepneys (PUJ).
In a decision issued by the LTFRB, the P2.00 fare increase is broken down to “additional one peso for the first four kilometers or a minimum fare of ten pesos from the original fare of eight pesos.”
The decision covers PUJs in Metro Manila, Central Luzon and in the Southern Tagalog Region.
However, the DOTr stressed that the P2.00 fare hike is not yet executory and will only take effect on the first week of November.
This, after a copy of the order leaked on social media that bears no final and official signature.
“We request drivers to wait until the LTFRB releases the official document on the fare hike before charging any additional fare. Thank you for understanding.” The DOTR-LTFRB’s statement said.
It was in September 2017 when transport groups filed a petition for a fare increase for PUJs citing uncontrollable increase in prices of oil products.
The LTFRB granted the P1 provisional fare increase for jeepneys in Metro Manila and the regions concerned in July this year thus making the minimum fare for jeepneys P9.00.
With an additional P1.00 increase, the minimum fare is now set at P10.00 – Marje Pelayo (with reports from Joan Nano)
MANILA, Philippines – The Department of Transportation (DOTr) maintains that minimum fare in MRT Line 3 will remain despite the ongoing rehabilitation works on the train system.
According to Transport Undersecretary Timothy John Batan, unless commuters experience full convenience and observe significant improvements in the MRT Line 3 system, there is no reason for any fare increase.
Meanwhile, the Department is expected to achieve its target train speed of 60 km. and the completion of its rehabilitation efforts including the replacement of new rail tracks and the addition of new train coaches by the year 2021.
Once completed, the MRT Line 3’s full operation is expected to accommodate up to 600,000 passengers every day. – MNP (with reports from Rosalie Coz)
MANILA, Philippines – The Department of Transportation (DOTr) is targeting the partial operation of MRT-7 in 2021.
DOTr Undersecretary for Railways Timothy John Batan said the project will definitely ease the burden of commuters as travel time from Quezon City to San Jose del Monte in Bulacan will reduce significantly from four hours to about 35 minutes once the project is completed.
On Wednesday (July 17), Batan and DOTr officials inspected MRT-7’s construction site in Quezon City to check the work in progress.
According to the project’s contractor San Miguel Corporation, the ongoing construction is already 44% complete which includes the train stations, platforms and the line where the railings will be placed.
The DOTr also announced that the procurement of 36 new train sets from South Korea has already been done.
MRT-7 is a 23-kilometer railway system that connects North Avenue in Quezon City to the province of Bulacan.
The train system traverses 14 stations namely North Avenue, Quezon City Memorial Circle, University Avenue, Tandang Sora, Don Antonio, Batasan, Manggahan, Doña Carmen, Regalado, Mindanao Avenue, Quirino, Sacred Heart, Tala and San Jose Del Monte.
It can load up to 500,000 passengers daily.
To prevent similar glitches as those in MRT Line 3, the DOTr is in close coordination with the agency’s private partners in terms of the regular maintenance of the MRT-7.
Usec. Batan said the completion of the entire project is expected in 2022. – with details from Joan Nano
Nebrija further said that while there is still no court order, the MMDA will still push through with its preparations and their plans for the bus terminal closure, which the agency targets to implement in June.
“We’ll wait kung go or no go but we are still preparing, we’re still pushing with the plan. In the absence of a court order, we will push through with it,” he added.
The MMDA official believes that the impending implementation of the provincial bus ban on Edsa remains as one of the best alternatives to decongest Metro Manila roads.
Nebrija, however, said that they still haven’t come up with a timeline from preparations to implementation as they are still yet to receive the policy guidelines from the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB).
The MMDA had implemented a dry run of the bus ban in April but suspended it in less than a month.
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