LTFRB to accept franchise application next month

admin   •   April 27, 2017   •   43771

MANILA — Beginning next month, the LTFRB will once again accept franchise applications.

This is after the Department of Transportation (DOTr) signed the omnibus franchise guidelines for all the public utility vehicles in the country.

The LTFRB believes that this will resolve the problems on out-of-line vehicles as well as the shortage in public utility vehicles (PUV).

“Given the long standing moratorium possible pa na mas maraming madadagdag na prangkisa rather than mawawala,” LTFRB chairman Atty. Martin Delgra said. (Given the long standing moratorium, it is possible that many franchise routes will be added rather than lessened.)

Public utility jeepney traversing EDSA-North Avenue travel without a franchise. Due to a high demand from passengers, jeepney drivers are forced to traverse EDSA-North Avenue. This problem can be solved once the application for franchise is opened.

The LTFRB will get the list of routes that need public transportation from the local government units.

If approved, LTFRB will give franchise for public utility vehicles in the said routes

“For local routes hihintayin namin yung transport route plan ng mga LGU bago kami magpalabas ng prangkisa yan ang basis ng LTFRB,” Atty. Delgra added. (For local routes, we will wait for the transport route plan of the LGU’s before we issue new franchise. That is the basis of LTFRB.)

For their part, jeepney drivers appeal to LTFRB to conduct a thorough study before declaring additional routes on EDSA.

“Kung sa aking lang hindi pwede ganun, kasi delikadong lugar po ang tinatawag na Edsa para jeep, lalo na malalaking sasakyan ang dumadaan dyan,” Ricky dela Cruz, a jeep driver said. (As for me, that is not acceptable. Because EDSA is dangerous for jeepneys, especially large vehicles traverse EDSA.)

“Pwedeng lagyan yun kaya lang kung madalang ang pasahero wala ring saysay yun,” Steward Rada, a jeepney driver said. (That can be implemented but if there are only a few passengers, that will not be profitable.)

Meanwhile, passengers have varying opinions on the matter.

“Siguro makakatulong rin kasi hindi na tatawid yung tao dito na sasakay,” commuter Ruben Cruz said. (Perhaps that will be helpful so that people need not cross the street. They will just take a ride here.)

“Magsisikip po yung traffic kung maglalagay ka ng jeep dyan di ka rin makakausad di maglakad ka na lang,” commuter Ariel Morales said. (Traffic will get heavier if there will be jeepneys there. Vehicles will not move. You will just walk.)

Transport group Pasang Masda has also appealed to LTFRB.

“Sana po ay inyong piliin ang mga tamang tao na siyang dapat magkaroon ng prangkisa hindi po magkaroon ng palakasan sa inyo. At bigyan po ng tamang kaayusan ang pagbibigay ng rekomendasyon sa Department of Transportation at LTFRB (Be fair in giving out franchises and not based on connections. There should be a proper procedure in giving recommendations to DOTr and LTFRB),” said Obet Martin of Pasang Masda.

The LTFRB assured that they will be very careful in approving new routes so as not to add problems to the current traffic situation especially in Metro Manila. — Mon Jocson | UNTV News & Rescue

780 passengers unloaded as glitch hits MRT-3 train

Robie de Guzman   •   August 20, 2019

MANILA, Philippines – About 780 passengers were offloaded on Tuesday afternoon from a southbound Metro Rail Transit line 3 (MRT-3) train after it suffered an electrical failure in motor.

The MRT-3 management said the train was stalled around 1:01 p.m. and the passengers were unloaded at the Ayala station.

The passengers were loaded in the next train, which arrived 11 minutes later, it added.

“We are sorry for the inconvenience,” it said in a statement.

The MRT-3 management said that the motor problem could have been caused by worn-out electrical sub-components such as the main chopper, regulator, insulator.

It added that remedial measures include preventive maintenance and replacement of electrical components.

DOTr: No fare hike amid system rehab of MRT Line 3

Marje Pelayo   •   August 15, 2019

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)

QC Court stops implementation of Edsa provincial bus ban

Robie de Guzman   •   August 2, 2019

MANILA, Philippines – A local court has temporarily stopped the implementation of the highly-contested proposal to ban provincial buses from plying Epifanio delos Santos (Edsa).

In an order dated July 31 and released on August 2, the Quezon City Regional Trial Court Branch 223 has granted the writ of preliminary injunction filed by 18 transport groups against the scheme.

The QC court said it found “just cause” to stop the ban and schedule the case for hearings.

The court said it needs to hear the side of the defendants of the case – the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) and the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) considering that “the matter on hand greatly impacts the welfare of the public.”

The proposed policy of the MMDA and the LTFRB prohibits provincial buses from traversing Edsa to decongest traffic. It also seeks to revoke business permits and shut down the operation of all provincial bus terminals located along Edsa.

The LTFRB also amended last month the routes for provincial buses traveling along the major thoroughfare.

A dry run for the policy is supposed to begin on August 7.

The court notes in its order that these measures would have “far-reaching effects” to the businesses, employees and other contracts of provincial bus companies. It added that the shortened routes would also affect the salary of employees.

“While as a rule, the right to income or earning does not prevail over public welfare, in the instant case since the Court has as yet not been presented with a clear basis or sufficient justification for the issuances, there is no reason to consider these issuances to have priority over the Plaintiffs’ rights as well as those that would suffer from their implementation,” the order read.

The court also asked the MMDA and the LTFRB on why point-to-point (P2P) buses are given privilege of plying Edsa even if their sizes were similar to those of regular buses.

It further said that since the said agencies failed to file a response, “no explanation or study has been presented to this Court to aid the latter in determining whether the provincial buses are indeed the cause of ‘horrendous traffic’ and if their ban and closure of their terminals is the best solution.”

“In view of the absence of any evidence on behalf of the Public Defendants, the evidence provided so far by the Plaintiffs tend to show that indeed, there was abuse in the issuance of the subject LTFRB MC and MMDA Regulation,” the order read.

The court gave the Office of the Solicitor General (OSG), which represents the MMDA and the LTFRB, until August 14 to file a response to the case.


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