Interim bus service to charge P11 for first 5 kilometers

THE interim bus service (IBS) from Fuente Osmeña in Cebu City to southern Metro Cebu will charge P11 for the first five kilometers when the buses start operating on Sunday, March 15, 2020.

It will charge P2.20 for every succeeding kilometer, based on Memorandum Circular 2020-012 of the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB).

The fare was issued by LTFRB after it started accepting applications for the grant of special permits for the IBS in Cebu City on Friday, March 6.

Martin Delgra, LTFRB chairman, said the 20 buses that will be deployed for the IBS will be airconditioned.

The Cebu City Transportation Office (CCTO) expects around 1,600 commuters to be off the streets simultaneously when all 20 buses start plying the streets.

One bus can accommodate 80 passengers.

CCTO executive director Rey Gealon said there are identified bus stops where commuters can board and disembark.

For southbound buses from the Fuente Osmenña, these will be at the Eastwest Bank and the Abellana National High School on Osmeña Blvd.; Phoenix Gas Station on J. Alcantara St.; on Tres de Abril St.; Salazar Institute of Technology and Cebu Institute of Technology University on N. Bacalso Ave.; Phoenix Gas Station and SM Seaside City on F. Vestil St.

For northbound buses, the stops will be at Il Corso and City de Mare on the Cebu South Coastal Road; SM Seaside City Cebu on F. Vestil St.; Nature Spring, KCC Tire World Corp., Asia Glass Palace Center and Cebu South Bus Terminal on N. Bacalso Ave.; and Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas and Bradford Church on Osmeña Blvd. before returning to Fuente Osmeña.

The buses will travel along a 16.28 kilometer loop route.

The IBS will serve commuters until the Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) begins partial operations in December 2021.

City officials appealed to the public to observe the rules once the IBS starts.

Gealon said that there will be more vehicles on the roads, but this will only be at the start of the implementation.

“This still can cause traffic right now because public utility jeepneys (PUJ) are still present, but eventually these PUJs will be out of the roads,” he said. “Some won’t be registered again because some are already old and not compliant anymore,” he said.

Gealon said PUJs will continue to ply feeder lines of the BRT. (JJL / HBL / JKV)