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MMDA, transport groups to install jeepney stops from QC to Manila

MMDA, transport groups to install jeepney stops from QC to Manila image

Eric Tipan / AutoIndustriya.com | January 30, 2017 08:47

New jeepney stops to hinder drivers from illegally loading and unloading passengers

Sick and tired of public utility jeepneys (PUJs) stopping anywhere and everywhere they please to load and unload passengers?

You’re not the only one.

Finally a breakthrough as the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) and public transportation groups now see eye-to-eye with regards to the illegal loading and unloading activities done by PUJs.

Both parties have agreed that establishing PUJ stops are the logical solution to drastically reducing the traffic congestion, especially on the route along Commonwealth Avenue in Quezon City and Espana Boulevard in Manila.

“We need to end the days of picking up / dropping off passengers anywhere,” said MMDA General Manager Thomas Orbos.

PUJ stops will be put up along the Commonwealth-Espana corridor, which has one of the heaviest concentrations of PUJs in Metro Manila, for use by students and workers who commute in the area and as part of the Inter-Agency Council on Traffic’s (I-ACT) effort to lessen vehicular congestion.

Aside from traffic reduction, the goal of this project is to provide a convenient area for passengers to catch PUJ rides but more importantly to instill discipline in PUJ drivers and jeepney passengers.

Zeny Maranan of Fejodap, Obet Martin of Pasang Masda, Orlando Marquez of LTOP, and Boy Vargas of Altodap and the MMDA have also agreed that a technical working group will be formed in coordination with the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) and the respective local government units to further study traffic and passenger flow and identify the location of the jeepney stops.