E-jeep­neys set to roll off Oro sts. this month


Sun.Star Cagayan de Oro - - Front Page - By Jig­ger J. Jerusalem

PRO­TO­TYPE mod­els of the new ver­sion of pub­lic util­ity jeep­neys (PUJs) as part of the gov­ern­ment’s mass trans­port mod­ern­iza­tion pro­gram are ex­pected to ar­rive in this city and will be road-tested for pub­lic use, Land Trans­porta­tion Fran­chis­ing and Reg­u­la­tory Board-10 (LTFRB-10) re­gional di­rec­tor Amin­oden Guro said.

These elec­tric or so­lar­pow­ered jeep­neys, more

com­monly known as “e-jeep­neys (ejeep­neys),” will show­case how these ve­hi­cles op­er­ate for the ap­pre­ci­a­tion of the rid­ing pub­lic and PUJ op­er­a­tors and driv­ers, Guro said.

“Be­fore we only heard about the mod­ern­iza­tion pro­gram, but it’s now a re­al­ity. Peo­ple will see for them­selves how ef­fi­cient and con­ve­nience these e-jeeps are,” he said.

He said One Team, the pri­vate en­tity that ac­quired these e-jeep­neys, al­ready has its ini­tial op­er­a­tion in Marik­ina City, with Ca­gayan de Oro as one of its pi­lot ar­eas in the coun­try.

Each unit costs more than a mil­lion pe­sos and can be ac­quired through a loan scheme at Land Bank.

One Team will bring in 15 units of these e-jeep­neys, which are equipped with a global po­si­tion­ing sys­tem (GPS), an air con­di­tion­ing sys­tem, a wi-fi con­nec­tion, dash­cam, a swip­ing ma­chine for the fare. It also pro­vides the ramp for the per­sons with dis­abil­i­ties.

Fares will be loaded to a card and can be bought at con­ve­nience stores and cell­phone load deal­ers. It will be­come the new mode of pay­ing.

These new jeep­neys, which can ac­com­mo­date more than 20 pas­sen­gers, are also Om­nibus Fran­chise Guide­line (OFG)-com­pli­ant.

The pro­posed route for these e-jeep­neys is from Barangay Puerto, this city, to Barangay Ig­pit, in Opol town, pass­ing through the newly opened coastal road.

Guro said the e-jeep­ney route pro­posal is now pend­ing at the city coun­cil of Ca­gayan de Oro, and is in­cor­po­rated into the com­pre­hen­sive route plan of the city’s Roads and Traf­fic Ad­min­is­tra­tion (RTA).

He said the LTFRB-10 has also con­ducted in­for­ma­tion cam­paign to no­tify op­er­a­tors and driv­ers of di­lap­i­dated jeep­neys, es­pe­cially those that are op­er­at­ing for 15 years or more, that they will be fac­ing le­gal sanc­tions if they will not com­ply with the di­rec­tive of the gov­ern­ment.

Un­der the PUV mod­ern­iza­tion pro­gram of the Duterte ad­min­is­tra­tion, old jeep­ney own­ers have three years to dis­pose of their units and pur­chase the new PUJ mod­els.

Last year, Pres. Ro­drigo Duterte has even an­nounced that he wants the older PUJs off the streets by Jan­uary.

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