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May 11, 2020

COVID-19 Helps LTFRB Fast Track Bus Route Rationalization

If there’s one positive thing to come out of this COVID-19 pandemic, it actually fast tracked the LTFRB’s plan to rationalize the local public transportation system, particularly the buses.

In a GMA News report, the regulatory body responsible for public transportation in the Philippines will only allow one single bus route dedicated on EDSA once the Enhanced Community Quarantine (ECQ) is lifted.

According to LTFRB Chairman Martin Delgra, out of the 96 bus routes that crisscross Metro Manila, only 29 bus routes will be given a special franchise. For instance, EDSA will only have one route. Other trips that were previously served by buses that also traverse EDSA will now be served by separate and dedicated bus routes.

GMA News gave this example:
Under this new scheme, a commuter traveling from Fairview to Makati would have to get on a bus at Fairview and get off at EDSA. He would then get on a bus on the EDSA route and get off at Ayala, from where he may get on another bus to reach his destination in Makati.
Delgra says that these new routes may replace existing ones permanently as part of the DOTr’s public utility vehicle modernization program.

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