Don't be surprised if you start to see more jeepneys plying the roads.
The Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) recently announced that over 1,000 traditional jeepneys have been allowed to operate once more in Metro Manila. Under Memorandum Circular 2020-040, the LTFRB approved the reopening of 10 routes that that will consist of 1,006 authorized traditional jeepneys.
The LTFRB stressed that these traditional jeepneys are allowed to return as long as they are deemed 'roadworthy' and have a valid passenger insurance policy. Also, all traditional jeepneys must have plastic barriers to separate passengers, means of conducting contact tracing, and that the drivers must be wearing a face mask and gloves at all times.
The following routes will include:
T138 EDSA/North Ave. - Quezon City Hall
T139 Marcos Ave. - Quirino Highway via Tandang Sora
T340 Dapitan - Libertad via L. Guinto
T341 Divisoria - Retiro via JA Santos
T342 Divisoria - Sangandaan
T395 Libertad - Washington
T396 Baclaran - Escolta via Jones, L. Guinto
T397 Baclaran - QI via Mabini
T398 Blumentritt - Libertad via Quiapo, Guinto
T399 Blumentritt - Vito Cruz via L. Guinto
With over 1,000 traditional jeepneys allowed to hit the roads once more, commuters will now have more choices to get to their destinations. However, this also means there will be a bit more traffic in Metro Manila. The LTFRB is adamant that the riding public strictly follows the safety protocols in order to minimize the chances of catching the virus while riding public transportation.
Do you think the LTFRB made the right call in allowing more jeepneys on the road in the midst of a pandemic in order to help commuters? Let us know what you think.