105 more modern jeeps to ply Mandaue City routes soon

MANDAUE City will soon have 105 additional modern public utility jeepneys (MPUJs) within its intra-city route structures to address the increasing volume of commuters.

Loreto Gerez Jr., chairman of the Mandaue Transport Cooperative (MTC), told SunStar Cebu on Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2022, that they will deploy these vehicles soon.

The MPUJs will ply four routes: Paknaan-Parkmall, Cabancalan-Parkmall, Hernan Cortes-Parkmall and Canduman-Parkmall.

On Tuesday, MTC also launched 15 MPUJs to ply the Paknaan-Parkmall route and vice versa.

The modern jeepneys will pick up passengers near the Cansaga Bridge in Barangay Paknaan and pass Pacific Mall, go under the Maguikay flyover, pass B.B. Cabahug St., A. Del Rosario St., Mandaue Public Market then to Parkmall.

From Parkmall, the modern jeepneys will pass the Guizo Barangay Hall, A. Del Rosario St., S.B. Cabahug St., UN Ave., D.M. Cortes St. and back to Paknaan.

The MTC held a dry run for the new route on Tuesday.

Officials from the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) 7, Land Transportation Office (LTO) 7, Traffic Enforcement Agency of Mandaue (Team) and the Mandaue City Government observed the dry run.

Gerez said the 15 MPUJs would be fully operational by Wednesday, Nov. 9, with drivers collecting a minimum fare of P14.

Earlier this year, the City Council requested LTFRB 7 to grant additional provisional authority (PA) to its MPUJs plying the intra-city route.

Councilor Jimmy Lumapas, who sponsored the resolution, said the number of MPUJs that have been granted provisional was not enough to serve the volume of passengers in the city.

Under the City’s Local Public Transport Route Plan (LPTRP), the intra-city route structures are expected to enhance the connectivity of different quadrants in the city.

The additional PA aims to operate a decent number of MPUJ units to address the shortage of public transportation in authorized routes and cater to the influx of passengers during rush hour.

The LTFRB had already chosen a transportation provider for each authorized route through a public bidding. The MTC was one of those granted approval by the agency. (HIC)