MANILA, Philippines – The Department of Transportation (DOTr) has launched Friday (July 20) 150 units more of modern public utility jeepney (PUJ).
This number is an addition to the previously launched 50 PUJ units in line with the administration’s jeepney modernization program.
The units indeed look very modern and equipped with high-tech features like WiFi, CCTV, GPS, a dash cam, speed limiter, and even an automatic fare collection system. Some units have features for people with disability (PWD).
Each jeep can carry 9 to 22 passengers and have higher ceilings fit for standing passengers. Also, to fit the standards of the DOTr, the doors are placed at the sides and not the rear purposely for passenger safety.
The regular routes of these modern PUJs will be from Senate to Vito Cruz and LRT in Buendia; Bagumbayan in Taguig towards Pasig via San Joaquin; Guadalupe BGC to Fort Bonifacio Gate 3; and in some parts of Iloilo.
The modern jeeps will charge a P10.00 minimum fare for every ride and an additional P2.00 for every succeeding kilometer.
With these beneficial features, DOTr is confident that the modern jeepneys will gain high patronage from the riding public despite seemingly endless oppositions to the government’s modernization plan.
“Kapag nakita mo na itong 200 na ito na tumatakbo sa kalye kung ikaw ang pasahero pipiliin mo pa ba yung bulok tsaka yung delikado ang buhay mo?” DOTr Usec. Thomas Orbos said. – Joan Nano / Marje Pelayo
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