Free rides for commuters during transport strike

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, November 19) — National and local authorities will be deploying vehicles for commuters in anticipation of the three-day transportation strike set to begin on Nov. 20.

In a statement, the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) said it would deploy around 250 vehicles around Metro Manila to bring commuters closer to their destinations.

LTFRB said the vehicles would ply the following routes:

- Novaliches-Malinta (along Gen. Luis)

- Shelter Ville-Novaliches

- Bagumbong-Novaliches

- Deparo-Novaliches

- Paco-Sta. Mesa

- Monumento Area

- Catmon

- Alabang Area, Baclaran

- A. Francisco St.- San Andres Bukid

- NIA-NPC to Mindanao Ave.

The Quezon City Police District also said 25 vehicles would be deployed beginning Monday with the following routes:

- Quirino Highway-LTO to Quirino Highway-Hill Top

- Quezon Avenue to Munoz

- Quirino Highway-Tandang Sora to Quirino Highway-Mindanao Avenue

- Tandang Sora to Mindanao Avenue

- Novaliches Bayan to Mindanao Avenue cor. Quirino Highway

- Sta. Lucia/Community Regalado

- P. Tuazon Boulevard to 20th Avenue

- Edsa Kamias to Projects 2 and 3

- Ermin Garcia/EDSA; Quezon Avenue/Roces

- Quezon Avenue/Borromeo

- EDSA/Quezon Avenue

- Matalino/Matatag

- Gates 1 and 2, Quezon City Hall

- Commonwealth corner Tandang Sora

Police personnel will also be sent out to ensure the safety and security of motorists and commuters.

Meanwhile, Taguig City said it was ready to provide necessary free rides for passengers during the strike. No details have been released yet, but it urged the public to call the command center at (02) 8789 3200 for assistance.

The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority announced that the expanded number coding scheme is suspended on Monday, Nov. 20. It advised motorists and commuters to plan their trips well as traffic is expected to get heavy due to the temporary suspension.