LTFRB readies city buses for backup amid “Tanggal Usok, Tanggal Bulok” campaign
by UNTV News | Posted on Tuesday, January 30th, 2018
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
by Marje Pelayo | Posted on Thursday, May 9th, 2019
MANILA, Philippines — The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) on Wednesday (May 8) suspended the implementation of number coding scheme for provincial buses in line with the 2019 Midterm Elections.
The measure, according to MMDA Chief Bong Nebrija, is to accommodate commuters traveling to and from the provinces during the the elections.
Meanwhile, the MMDA added that the Unified Vehicle Volume Reduction Program is automatically lifted for public and private vehicles during the weekend and on election day on Monday which was also declared a regular holiday.
The number coding scheme resumes on May 15, according to the MMDA. – Marje Pelayo
by Robie de Guzman | Posted on Wednesday, May 8th, 2019
MANILA, Philippines – The number coding scheme for provincial buses will be lifted on Friday (May 10) and Tuesday (May 14), the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) said on Wednesday.
In an advisory , the MMDA said the Unified Vehicular Volume Reduction Program (UVVRP) or the number coding scheme will be suspended on the said dates to ease travel for voters travelling to their respective provinces for the midterm elections on Monday, May 13.
“The UVVRP suspension is to ensure that there will be enough public utility vehicles to ferry commuters who are going to vote in the provinces,” the MMDA added.
The number coding scheme for all public utility vehicles and private vehicles is automatically lifted on weekends, May 11 and 12 and on Election Day.
by Robie de Guzman | Posted on Wednesday, May 1st, 2019
MANILA, Philippines – The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) said on Tuesday (April 30) that the impending implementation of the provincial bus ban on Edsa remains as one of the best alternatives to decongest Metro Manila roads.
MMDA traffic chief Bong Nebrija said in an interview that it is standing by its resolution of shutting down provincial bus terminals on Edsa despite a petition seeking for a temporary restraining order.
The petition was filed on Monday by AKO Bicol Party-list before the Supreme Court.
Nebrija added that opposing a policy before its implementation will only hinder the agency from doing its job.
Under MMDA Resolution No. 19-002, local governments are urged to revoke or prohibit the issuance of business permits to all terminals and operators of public utility buses and vehicles along EDSA.
When this policy takes effect in June, provincial buses will be required to drop off passengers at government-constructed terminals like those in Parañaque, Valenzuela City and Sta. Rosa, Laguna, where they could transfer to city vehicles.
In its 44-page petition, AKO Bicol argued that the MMDA and the Metro Manila Council have no authority to implement the ban as they were not authorized under the law to enact ordinances or approve resolutions. The group added that these are acts of police power that only individual local government units can exercise.
The group also said the measure was contrary to the Public Service Act which requires bus operators to maintain their own terminals as a requirement for the franchise, and that the move encroaches upon the authority of the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) to issue, amend and revoke certificates of public convenience to public utility vehicles.
But Nebrija stressed, the MMDA will only transfer and not abolish the provincial bus terminals on Edsa. He also added that the agency knows it has no police power that is why the resolution only urges local governments to shut down the terminals in their area.
If the policy is implemented next month, it would affect some 47 provincial bus terminals on Edsa. – Robie de Guzman
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