LTFRB eyes around 100 jeepney routes once Metro Manila GCQ is lifted

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, June 16) — Transport authorities have identified around 100 jeepney routes that will open once Metro Manila's general community quarantine is lifted.

Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board Chairman Martin Delgra told lawmakers at a congressional hearing on Tuesday that they will soon release a circular identifying the routes that jeepneys can service.

"We have identified 100 or 104 rationalized PUJ (public utility jeepney) routes to be opened once the GCQ is lifted or after the bus routes," Delgra said. "We're looking at on or before the end of the month, because 'yung routes na-identify na, 'yung numero na-identify na."

Delgra said jeepneys will be allowed to operate in areas where no rail and bus services are available.

The Department of Transportation previously said that the resumption of mass transport in the country's capital region will happen in two phases, starting with the return of rails and trains from June 1 to 21 but on a limited capacity.

In the initial plans of DOTr, modern jeeps will be allowed starting June 22, as part of the second phase.

DOTr Senior Transport Consultant Bert Suansing previously said some traditional jeepneys — not all 55,000 jeepney units in Metro Manila — will be allowed to operate in areas that can't be served by buses and modern jeepneys.

Meanwhile, Metropolitan Manila Development Authority General Manager Jojo Garcia said travel time is expected to be faster once the dedicated bus lane along EDSA is finished.

Garcia said the bus lane will allow for the carousel-type movement of public utility buses on EDSA, which means less traffic for commuters.

CNN Philippines' correspondent Xianne Archangel contributed to this report.