In an effort to slowly phase out diesel-powered jeepneys with a more modern and cleaner mode of public transportation, Quezon City has formally launched the COMET (City-Optimized Managed Electric Transport) last Saturday.
The initial 20-unit fleet with accommodate passengers along Mindanao Avenue, Luzon Avenue, Katipunan and Congressional Road covering a 22-kilometer route with 30 stops along the way.
Using lithium-ion batteries that can be fully charged in five hours, the COMET can cover 80 kilometers on a full charge carrying 20 passengers.
The COMET will use a cash-less payment system using store-value cards called GET Passes. All passengers need to do is swipe the e-cards upon boarding and before alighting.
Fare is based on the current matrix issued by the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) but until October 9, the promotional fare will be Php20 only for an unlimited number of rides.
15,000 units of the COMET are planned to replace some 30,000 jeepneys all around Metro Manila in the next three years.