CEBU CITY - Fifteen more air-conditioned jeepneys equipped with WiFi, television sets and surveillance cameras will start plying the streets of this city on Tuesday, a local official said.
The new jeepneys of the People's Cooperative will ferry passengers from Colon district to Imus Street, Ayala Center Cebu, Barrio Luz, Banilad, Talamban proper and vice versa, said Cora Martinez, officer in charge of the transportation department's Office of Transport Cooperative.
"This is our chance to have modern jeeps for everyone," she said.
The 20-seater jeepneys, which have Euro-4 engines compliant with European exhaust emission standards, will offer free rides during their dry run for the next 2 weeks, said People's CEO Marcario Quevedo.
Fares would be collected using an electronic beep system starting October 1, he said.
Around 80 modern jeepneys are already plying Cebu City and neighboring Lapu-Lapu City, said Martinez.
Some transport groups have opposed the government's directive to replace old jeepneys by mid-2020, saying drivers and operators cannot afford modern models that sell for around P2.5 million.
Groups led by jeepney group Acto will go on strike against the modernization program on Sept. 30.