1,159 jeepneys allowed to ply Metro Manila routes
More than a thousand jeepney units were allowed to ply their routes on September 14, the same day that the government will start easing the one-meter distancing in public transport.
In its advisory on Saturday, the Land Transport Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) said that they have allowed a total of 1,159 traditional jeepneys in 28 more routes in Metro Manila.
The following routes will be operational for the approved jeepneys, as mandated under the agency's Memorandum Circular 2020-046:
T140 Araneta University - Victoneta Ave./McArthur
T141 SM North EDSA - Luzon Ave. (Puregold)
T142 Balintawak - PUC via Baesa
T143 BF Homes - Novaliches
T144 Novaliches - Bignay
T145 Novaliches - Pangarap Village via Quirino Highway, Novaliches
T146 Novaliches - Shelterville via Congressional
T147 - Novaliches - Urduja
T148 Novaliches Town Proper - Barangay Deparo
T149 Grotto, San Jose Del Monte, Bulacan - Novaliches
T240 Aurora/Lauan - EDSA North Ave.
T241 Cubao - Proj. 2&3 via 20th Ave., P. Tuazon
T242 Calumpang - LRT 2 (Katipunan Ave.) via Aurora Blvd.
T340 Bel-Air - Washington
T341 Brgy. North Bay Boulevard - Pier South via Road 10
T342 Divisoria - Pier South via Delpan
T343 Kalentong/Romualdez - San Juan Via Little B
T344 Kayamanan C - Washington
T345 L. Guinto - Zobel Roxas via Paco Market
T346 Pier South - San Andres
T347 Blumentritt - Libertad via Quiapo,Mabini
T348 Blumentritt - Pier South via Sta. Cruz
T349 Brgy. Bagong Silangan - Marcos Ave. Sampaguita
T350 Dapitan - Delos Reyes/P. Campa via Andalucia/Laong Laan
T351 Kamuning - Vito Cruz via E. Rodriguez, A. Mabini
T409 Alabang - Muntinlupa (Bilibid Prison)
T409 Alabang - Muntinlupa (Bilibid Prison) via Katarungan Village
T410 Alabang - Bagumbayan via Bicutan FTI SSH Loop
QR codes that will be given to jeepney operators and drivers must be displayed on their units once approved for proof that they can pass through the said routes and accommodate passengers.
To date, there are a total of 17,372 authorized jeepneys that can ply the 206 routes. A total of 3,854 buses were allowed in 32 routes. Taxis on the road are now at 20,891, while authorized transport network vehicle services (TNVS) are now at 23,968.
In order to accommodate more commuters, the Department of Transportation bared on Saturday that the required space in public transportation will be reduced to 0.75 meters starting Monday. On September 28, this will be further shortened to 0.5 meter, then to 0.3 meter starting October 12.
Philippine officials previously maintained that distancing can be modified since face masks and face shields are worn, despite the advisory of the World Health Organization to keep it to at least one meter.
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