LTFRB opens 31 rationalized routes in Metro Manila for PUBs
CALOOCAN CITY, May 19 (PIA) — The Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) has opened 31 rationalized routes around Metro Manila for some 4,600 Public Utility Buses (PUBs).
Some 550 of which are allotted for units that would traverse the Epifanio Delos Santos Avenue (EDSA) to Parañaque Integrated Terminal Exchange (PITX) route.
The LTFRB, on May 14, 2020 released the Guidelines for the Operations of Public Utility Buses (PUBs) During the Period of General Community Quarantine (GCQ) in Metro Manila through Memorandum Circular 2020-019.
Based on the Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF) for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases’ Resolution No. 28 Series of 2020 on 24 April 2020, areas placed under General Community Quarantine (GCQ) shall allow public transportation to operate at a limited capacity.
In preparation, should the modified enhanced community quarantine be lifted and the Metro Manila transitions into GCQ, the Department of Transportation (DOTr) and the Board have set the guidelines for PUB operations.
The guidelines include the following: Coverage and Resumption of Operations; Identified Routes; General Requirements for Applicants/Operators; Qualification of Bus Units to be Applied; Criteria in Selection of Operators per Route; For EDSA Loop Service; Procedure for Operator Selection per Route; Conditions for the Special Permit; Bus Markings; Fare Rates; Contact Tracing; and Penalty.
According to LTFRB, the buses that will be allowed to ply metro roads shall contain markings at the front and sides which would serve as identification scheme. The markings will display codes and colors depending on their route, number, and classification.
In accordance with the IATF, DOTr, and LTFRB guidelines, passengers will be given forms to be filled out with necessary information such as name, contact number, type of service, date and time of trip, plate number of unit, and destination for the purpose of Contact Tracing.
For the complete information, the MC 2020-019 can be accessed through this link: https://drive.google.com/…/1m8dQLUgWjgnE9SYCcJ7RTLoEb…/view… (LTFRB/PIA-NCR)