More Than a Thousand Traditional Jeepneys Will Be Back on the Road This Week

The LTFRB has given an additional 23 routes the green light.

(SPOT.ph) Looks like you'll be seeing more old jeepneys on the road this week! A total of 23 additional routes—with 1,333 Traditional Public Utility Jeepneys set to operate—have been approved by the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board. They are slated to operate again on Wednesday, August 26. Check out the new routes to expect below:

These jeepneys have been given the go-signal to operate under the quarantine even without a special permit, as per Memorandum Circular 2020-040. Operators will instead be given QR codes which must be printed out and displayed in their jeepneys.

No fare hike has been approved, reminded the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) in their statement, so commuters can expect the usual P9 base fare for four kilometers with an additional P1.5 per kilometer after that. 

The expected safety measures under the general community quarantine should be in place, too. This includes the maximum 50% carrying capacity, temperature checks, and wearing of face masks and face shields, which is mandatory for both drivers and passengers.

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A man walks past old jeepney units left unused amid the quarantine. Picture taken on June 3, 2020.
PHOTO BY Jerome Ascano
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An initial 1,943 jeepneys were allowed back on the roads on July 29, a few weeks after Metro Manila was put on general community quarantine (GCQ) on June 1—followed by a temporary return to modified enhanced community quarantine on August 4 to August 18. Once the additional 23 routes start, a total of 13,776 old jeepneys will be out on our roads plying a 149 routes said the LTFRB. Other forms of public transport out and about are the following:

  • Public Utility Bus – 31 routes; 3,696 units
  • Point-to-Point Bus – 33 routes; 364 units
  • Taxi - 20,493
  • Transport Network Vehicles Services - 23,776
  • UV Express – 51 routes; 1,621 units
  • Modern Public Utility Jeepney (PUJ) – 45 routes; 786 units

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