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LTFRB plans to open 50 additional PUV routes in NCR.

Due to a rise in demand, the Land Transit Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) may launch 50 additional public transportation lines in the National Capital Region (NCR).

Mercy Jane Paras-Leynes, a board member of the LTFRB, stated in a Laging Handa briefing on Wednesday that a total of 100 routes had recently been opened to meet the increased demand, and the LTFRB is continuing to investigate and assess the potential for reopening or adding more routes.

“In our previous meetings, I think we’re looking to add more, maybe 50 extra routes,” Leynes added. “Sa mga nakaraang meeting po namin, ang pagkakaalam ko po ay maglalabas po tayo ulit, siguro po mga approximately 50 new routes po ang io-open natin.”

The LTFRB might reopen these roads within the coming week, she said.

She said that the recent fare hike and the reopening of new routes are intended to benefit individuals who work in the public transportation sector.

In addition, she added, “We are looking into extending the time remaining on their franchises because many PUVs were not permitted to run during the epidemic.” “Maliban po diyan, mayroon po tayong mga pinag-aaralan na mungkahi tungkol doon sa pagdagdag ng taon doon sa kanilang mga prangkisa s

For impacted PUV drivers and operators, the LTFRB may eliminate franchise-related charges.

She said that these initiatives would address the problems brought on by the coronavirus outbreak and the ongoing increase in gasoline prices permanently rather than as “band-aid” fixes.

“This is how we took the first step to help enhance, or at least restore, the regular functioning of PUVs,” the speaker said. “Dito natin sinimulan iyong action para tulungan na maiangat at maibalik sa, at least, ostensibly normal iyong operation ng ating PUVs.”

The minimum fare and per-kilometer charge in jeepneys, buses, taxis, and transport network vehicle services (TNVS) will increase permanently starting on October 3, according to an announcement by the LTFRB on Friday.

It warned against fines and penalties for applying the new tariffs too soon and reminded PUV drivers and operators to post a current fare matrix in their cars before charging the new fares.


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