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DOTr, LTFRB launch modern buses in metro

The Department of Transportation (DOTr) and the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) yesterday launched brand new modern public utility buses that will soon be deployed in Metro Manila in line with the government’s continuous public utility vehicle (PUV) modernization program.

DOTr Assistant Secretary for Road Transport Mark De Leon and LTFRB Chairman Atty. Martin Delgra III graced the launching ceremony in Pasay City wherein some model buses with modern features were showcased.

These modern buses that are fully-air-conditioned are equipped with comfortable reclining seats, ramps for persons with disabilities, closed-circuit television cameras, dash cameras, free wireless internet connection, and will also be using an automatic fare collection system.

Modern buses which will be used for long travels will also have a lavatory, refrigerators, and personal entertainment set.

Transport officials said that these modern buses, which will replace the old buses, will soon ply along roads in Metro Manila for point to point (P2P), city, as well as long haul or provincial operations to provide comfortable and safe travels for commuters.

“Hindi alam ng lahat, we are not only modernizing jeepneys but the entire fleet of public transportation in the Philippines. We are also modernizing buses; the city buses, the provincial buses, the UV express, taxis. Lahat iyan ay imomodernize natin. We are focusing on the buses now,” De Leon said in a brief program during the launching ceremony.

According to De Leon, the existing city buses that are running in the metro are not really fit for city operations as you need to climb up at least four steps to board the vehicle, and the layout of the chairs are too narrow, far from the international standard requirement of city buses to be low-floor or low-entry.

“Yung low-floor or low-entry bus, mas maraming maisasakay na pasahero especially for short distance urban trips. Tapos yung pintuan niya mas malapad and sometimes multiple doors, two doors at the very least So, yung pasahero, mas mabilis makasakay at mas mabilis makababa,” he explained.

The modern buses supplied by Durabus company that were showcased yesterday are equipped with wider front and middle passenger doors.

The transportation assistant secretary added that these features of the modern buses can ease traffic congestion in the city as it will now consume lesser time to load and unload passengers.

This was also supported by Chairman Delgra who said that through modernization program, they are also working to ease the road traffic in the metropolis.

“We don’t need more cars. We need more buses and we need more efficient public transport so people would prefer public transport over their private vehicles,” he claimed.

Aside from addressing the old-age problem in traffic congestion, Delgra also pointed out to the safety of the riding public in their daily travel as one of their major concern in the modernization program.

“The last three major accidents that we had involving buses na maraming namatay is all because of mechanical error, or luma na and not well-maintained ang mga units,” he shared.

The LTFRB Chairman cited the recent road accidents in Tanay, Rizal, in Nueva Ecija, and in Sablayan, Occidental Mindoro, which claimed lives of passengers due to rusty and old buses.

“These accidents that happened are really to emphasize the fact that we need to modernize our public transportation system. We owe it to the public, particularly to the riding public, to push the modernization even further,” Delgra added.

De Leon also explained that the safety of passengers will now be ensured while on the road as modern buses will have speed limiters and global positioning system (GPS) that can be monitored by authorities.

“The success of this program is not only for the department, but for the commuters who deserve a safe, reliable, and environment-friendly transportation system,” he concluded.


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