Commuters will have more means of getting around during general community quarantine after regulators gave 1,943 public utility jeepneys the go-ahead to ply 17 new routes in Metro Manila.
Before the go signal from the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board, those who are allowed to work outside their homes had to choose between trains and buses, both working at limited capacities.
We previously reported the guidelines set by the LTFRB for the resumption of traditional jeepneys. According to LTFRB Memorandum Circular No. 2020-026, the only requirements are that the PUJ must be currently registered roadworthy with the LTFRB, and must have a valid personal passenger insurance policy. The agency will then issue specific QR codes that must be printed and displayed on qualified vehicles. Operators may download these codes via the LTFRB website.
The jeeps can operate at 50% capacity and comply with safety protocols such as checking of body temperatures and wearing masks and gloves.
As of July 29, jeepneys can ply the 17 routes with no special permits required:
- T106 MCU - Sangandaan
- T109 Novaliches - Rizal Ave. via A. Bonifacio
- T111 Tandang Sora - Visayas Ave. via Quezon City Hall
- T112 Monumento - Paco, Obando via M.H. Del Pilar
- T114 Quirino Highway - Sta. Lucia
- T203 Crame - Cubao via Murphy
- T204 Crame - Q. Mart via P Tuazon, E. Garcia
- T214 SSS Village, Marikina - Cubao, Quezon City
- T215 Parang, Marikina - Marikina (TP) via Fortune
- T216 Guadalupe (ABC) - Taguig via Tipas
- T217 Calumpang - Cubao via P. Tuazon
- T304 Ayala - Guadalupe (Ibabaw) via JP Rizal
- T337 Libertad, Pasay - Pasay Rd.
- T341 Paco - Sta.Mesa Rtda via Nagtahan
- T342 Pier South - Sta. Ana via P. Faura
- T345 Navotas - Recto via Heroes Del 96
- T346 Gate 5 - Greenhills Shopping Center Loop
You can read the agency's official statement with the complete guidelines for the resumption of jeepneys below.