1,159 more jeepneys back on the road on Sept. 14

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, September 13) — More than a thousand jeepney units may ply their routes on Monday, 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.