Manila Bulletin

LTFRB al­lows more buses to op­er­ate in Metro

- By ALEXAN­DRIA DENNISE SAN JUAN Business · Canada News · Travel · Transportation · Industries · Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board · Metro Manila · Manila · Davao Region · Davao · Pampanga · San Fernando City · San Fernando City · Quezon City · Batangas City · Batangas · Tagaytay City · Cavite · Mabalacat · Paranaque City · Nasugbu · Indang · Mendez · Punta, Calamba City · Siniloan

More provin­cial buses will be al­lowed to op­er­ate this week as the Land Trans­porta­tion Franchisin­g and Reg­u­la­tory Board (LTFRB) is set to open ad­di­tional provin­cial routes go­ing to and from Metro Manila, an of­fi­cial said.

“In terms of in­creas­ing ca­pac­ity for provin­cial buses, we will be open­ing up ad­di­tional routes this week,” LTFRB Chair­man Martin Del­gra III said in an in­ter­view.

Ac­cord­ing to Del­gra, in­ter­re­gional bus trips from Davao City as well as from Ma­bal­a­cat, Pam­panga to Metro Manila, and back have been cleared by the lo­cal gov­ern­ment units (LGUs).

Del­gra said the Board con­tin­ues to co­or­di­nate with other lo­cal ex­ec­u­tives to al­low their bor­ders opened for provin­cial buses to trans­port more pas­sen­gers and work­ers as the econ­omy grad­u­ally re­opens.

The LTFRB chief ear­lier said that many lo­cal of­fi­cials were still op­posed to the idea of open­ing their bor­ders for buses to and from the cap­i­tal re­gion which is cur­rently the epi­cen­ter of the pan­demic in the coun­try.

Twelve mod­i­fied provin­cial bus routes from Re­gions 3 and 4A go­ing to Metro Manila have been opened by the LTFRB last Septem­ber 30, al­low­ing in­creased travel across re­gions af­ter months of lock­downs.

Un­der Me­moran­dum Cir­cu­lar 2020-051 re­leased by the LTFRB last month, only buses from San Fer­nando City in Pam­panga will be al­lowed to load and un­load pas­sen­gers at the Araneta Cen­ter bus ter­mi­nal in Cubao, Que­zon City.

Mean­while, the Parañaque In­te­grated Ter­mi­nal Ex­change (PITX) will serve as the end­point for buses from Batan­gas City, Lipa, Le­mery, and Na­sugbu in Batan­gas; In­dang, Men­dez, Ta­gay­tay City, and Ter­nate in Cavite; and from Calamba City, Siniloan and Sta. Cruz in La­guna.

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