Tricycles out, P2P buses and e-trikes in on Katipunan Avenue

Marje Pelayo   •   June 20, 2018   •   4721

Alternative transportation E-trike


QUEZON CITY, Philippines – Five point-to-point (P2P) bus units started servicing students from CP Garcia Avenue and along Katipunan Avenue on Wednesday, June 20.

They now serve as replacements for tricycles following the directive from the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB.)

LTFRB Board Member Atty. Aileen Lizada on Tuesday, June 19, accosted tricycle drivers plying on the highway, posing risks especially to student passengers.

The buses charge P8.00 per student from Katipunan Avenue to Aurora Boulevard while parents or guardians pay P10.00 each.

“Kami po ay taos sa pusong tumulong po sa ating LTFRB para matulungan din ang mga riding public natin dito sa Katipunan,” said DNS Transport Operations Manager Patrick Joseph Bocobo.

“Maganda wala nang abala…Mas safe ito pag umuulan,” said Joy Dionisio, a passenger.

“Kung araw-araw ganito at saka eight pesos lang, kasi yun lang talaga kaya namin,” said another passenger Che Tuvilla.

The local government also sent e-trikes to augment the transport units and they are free of charge.

Meanwhile, tricycle drivers assured that the operations of the P2P buses and e-trikes do not affect their income.

“Pagdating doon tatluhan ng tatluhan wala namang problema, okay naman sir, basta mahalaga yung safety ng riding in public. Kung kami, sunod tayo sa ordinansa. Aanhin mo malaki ang kita kung madisgrasya ka naman,” said Loyola Heights/Pansol TODA President Alex Baay. – Reynante Ponte / Marje Pelayo

LTFRB Central, NCR Regional Office closed until April 26

Marje Pelayo   •   April 23, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — The central office of the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) as well as its regional office in the National Capital Region (NCR) will be closed until April 26.

The announcement was to give way for the swab testing of employees in the said LTFRB offices.

This means no transactions will be entertained in these offices until April 26 except for submission of applications in the receiving section of the agency’s Technical Division.

The public is advised to transact online or forward their concerns through e-mail messaging.

The following are transactions that can be processed online:
1. Request for Special Permit at Correction of Typographical Error:
2. Request for Confirmation of Unit/s at Request for Franchise Verification:
3. Request for Issuance or Extension Provisional Authority:
4. Legal Concerns/Query (Hearing Schedule and Status):
5. Information Systems Management Division (ISMD):
6. Public Utility Vehicle Modernization Program National Project Management Office (PUVMP-NPMO):

For inquiries regarding transactions with LTFRB-NCR, the public may direct their concerns to the agency’s Public Transport Online Processing System (P-TOPS) which can be accessed on the LTFRB’s official website

Additional 195 routes for provincial buses to open April 15 — LTFRB

Marje Pelayo   •   April 13, 2021

MANILA, Philippines —  The Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) announced that 195 routes in different parts of the country are set to open on Thursday (April 15) for the operation of 2,665 provincial public utility buses (PUBs).

This is in compliance with Memorandum Circular No. 2021-023 issued by the LTFRB and to uphold the mandate of the Department of Transportation (DOTr) of providing convenient travel to the riding public.

Such a move is expected to minimize or fully stop the operation of out-of-line or “colorum” vehicles which the DOTr sees as among the main contributors to the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) to different parts of the country.

Though the LTFRB announced these new routes, protocols will still depend on the restrictions and requirements imposed by respective local government units (LGUs) particularly the decision to open their borders to public vehicles coming from other LGUs.

To check the additional routes, click this link.

Roadworthy provincial buses may operate if they have a valid personal passenger insurance policy in the new routes.

Vehicles allowed in the new routes are those with a QR code from LTFRB which must be printed and displayed in the bus unit.

QR Codes can be downloaded from the LTFRB’s official website

DPWH to open Katipunan Avenue bypass road before the end of 2021

Aileen Cerrudo   •   February 8, 2021

MANILA, Philippines—The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) announced that the Katipunan Avenue bypass road will open by the end of 2021.

The Katipunan Avenue bypass road, according to the DPWH, is already 70% complete. Once opened, it will shorten travel time from Quezon City to Rizal province from more than one hour to 40 minutes.

DPWH Secretary Mark Villar said motorists from Rizal can traverse the new bypass road instead of plying through Commonwealth to ease traffic.

“This will benefit Quezon city, Marikina, Rizal it’s an alternative route and its a new alignment in Metro Manila,” he said.

Around 10,000 motorists are estimated to benefit from the bypass road once it is opened to the public. The DPWH also said motorists do not need to pay any toll fees the road becomes operational. AAC (with reports from Joan Nano)


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