LTFRB eyes resumption of jeepney operations by end June


Posted at Jun 16 2020 04:03 PM

LTFRB eyes resumption of jeepney operations by end June 1
Drivers wait by their jeeps after receiving food packs from the Valenzuela City government on June 10, 2020. Mark Demayo, ABS-CBN News

MANILA -- The Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board said Tuesday it was exploring the possible return of public utility jeepneys by the end of June. 

Transport authorities have identified at least 100 to 104 rationalized jeepney routes which will be opened once virus quarantines are lifted, LTFRB chairman Martin Delgra told the House Committee on Metro Manila Development. 

“We’re looking at on or before the end of the month,” Delgra said. 

All modes of public transport were suspended when the entire island of Luzon was placed under lockdown in March to contain the spread of COVID-19. A general community quarantine that started June 1 in Metro Manila and other urban centers was extended until June 30.

Select public transport, including P2P buses, trains, ride-hailing services and bicycles are allowed at limited capacity under GCQ.

A transport group earlier claimed that some 90 percent of jeepney and bus drivers nationwide were starving due to lack of income.

-- with a report from RG Cruz, ABS-CBN News