LTFRB readies city buses for backup amid “Tanggal Usok, Tanggal Bulok” campaign
UNTV News • January 30, 2018 • 16669
MANILA, Philippines – The Inter-Agency Council for Traffic or I-ACT has begun the full blast implementation of its campaign against dilapidated and smoke belching jeepneys within and outside of Metro Manila.
However, such operation gives commuters a difficult time in riding jeepneys.
To address this, the 20 city buses given with special permits by the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFBR) will begin Tuesday plying routes affected by I-ACT’s operation.
“The city buses covered by the coding tomorrow will ply roads with tarpaulins stating they will replace the apprehended jeepney units.,” MMDA Asst. General Manager Jose Arturo Garcia said.
Some routes where the city buses with special permits will operate include Quiapo, Commonwealth, Masinag, Baclaran, Novaliches and Guadalupe in Makati City.
However, the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) clarified the said city buses will operate on the said roads only when needed.
Based on the figures of I-ACT, they have already impounded 50 jeepney units under the said campaign.
While more than 200 PUVs were issued with subpoena, and would have to undergo motor vehicle inspection before being allowed to operate.
Fares in non-aircon buses start at P10, while P12 for air-conditioned buses.
The MMDA said the local government units will be the one in charge of managing the traffic flow in their respective areas.
This will also be in charge of designating bus loading and unloading areas.
The said campaign will run for 2 months until operators improve the condition of their jeepneys.
Meanwhile, point to point buses will begin plying roads on the first of February to serve alternative transportation of passengers of the Metro Rail Transit (MRT) during rush hour.
“If you will consider the queues at MRT plus the travel time, it will take at least an hour and a half. So instead of standing and falling in line, they will be able to seat on the P2P buses,” Garcia said.
Beginning on Thursday, 10 P2P buses will begin to ply roads and will station at the MRT North Avenue at Quezon Avenue stations.
The buses will transport passengers to Ortigas and Ayala.
Fares at the P2P buses will become P15 only from the previous P24.
They will begin operating from 5:45 to 9:00 a.m. with a 15-minute interval in each trip.
Meanwhile, the MMDA will provide two buses offering free rides. – Joan Nano | UNTV News & Rescue
MANILA, Philippines — The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) will push through with its plan to close the EDSA U-turn slot at General Malvar in Bagong Barrio, Caloocan City on Monday (January 11).
“The U-turn slot located along Epifanio Delos Santos Avenue in General Malvar / Bagong Barrio area shall be closed to vehicular traffic effective January 11, Monday, in line with the Department of Transportation’s EDSA Busway project,” the MMDA said in an advisory released last Friday.
With the closure of the said U-turn slot, motorists from northbound going southbound are advised to take the Monumento Circle or those coming from Quezon City may also take Balintawak Cloverleaf.
Since September 2020, the MMDA has so far closed six U-turn slots to give way to the government’s Busway Project.
For this project, the innermost lane of EDSA was designated as an exclusive lane for public utility buses (PUBs) traveling from Monumento, Caloocan City to SM Mall of Asia in Pasay City, and vice versa. —/mbmf
MANILA, Philippines — Former Mandaluyong City mayor Benjamin “Benhur” Abalos Jr. has been named as the new chairman of the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA), replacing former chair Danilo Lim who passed away last week.
Senator Christopher “Bong” Go made the confirmation on the change in the MMDA leadership in a text message to the press on Sunday (January 10).
Go added that Abalos is expected to take his oath of office on Monday.
Malacañang has yet to make an official confirmation of Abalos’ appointment.
Abalos served as the mayor of Mandaluyong City from 1998 to 2004, and from 2007 to 2016. He also served as representative of Mandaluyong City from 2004 to 2007.
The former Mandaluyong Mayor’s father, Benjamin Sr., also served as MMDA chairman from 2001 to 2002.
The MMDA is mandated to plan, monitor, coordinate, and regulate the delivery of services in Metro Manila. —/mbmf
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