Over 900 more jeepneys to ply Metro Manila routes after shift to GCQ

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, August 13) — At least 968 more traditional jeepneys will be allowed back on the road once Metro Manila reverts back to the general community quarantine status.

The Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board said in its Tuesday advisory that over 15 additional routes affecting over 900 jeepneys were supposed to open on August 5.

However, this had to be suspended due to the implementation of the modified enhanced community quarantine in Metro Manila and other provinces from August 4 to 18.

Officials have said the areas are likely to revert to GCQ after August 18 because the government has run out of funds to aid those affected by stricter community quarantine. President Rodrigo Duterte will, however, still have to decide on the matter.

Under Memorandum Circular 2020-029A, traditional jeepneys may ply designated roads without a special permit, but each unit must get a QR code from the LTFRB before resuming operations.

The following Metro Manila routes will be opened when the region returns to GCQ:

T115 Malabon - Monumento via Acacia

T116 Cielito- Novaliches via Zabarte

T117 Novaliches - Deparo via Susano

T118 SM Fairview - Lagro Subd. Loop

T119 Meycauayan, Bulacan - Bignay

T120 Pantranco - Project 8 via Roosevelt

T217 Forbes Park - Pasay Rd. via Ayala Commercial Center

T218 Pasig - Taguig via Maestrang Pinang, Tipas

T219 Marikina - Paenaan

T220 Katipunan - Marcos Ave/Tandang Sora

T347 Cabrera - Libertad

T348 Arroceros - Cubao via España

T349 Quiapo (Barbossa) - Santol, Sta. Mesa

T350 Dagat-dagatan - Delpan via Divisoria

T351 Quiapo - San Miguel via Palanca

The Department of Transportation also reminded drivers, conductors, and commuters to wear a face shield and a mask effective August 15.

Jeepneys are also required to implement other safety measures such as thermal scanning, observing social distancing, and operating at a 50 percent maximum passenger capacity.

Over 8,000 traditional jeepneys have been previously allowed to operate across the capital region when the government eased quarantine restrictions. The additional routes to be opened under GCQ will bring the number of operational jeepneys in Metro Manila to nearly 9,000.