Task force pushes 14 more routes

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CEBU City Councilor James Anthony Cuenco on Monday, Dec. 21, 2020, said the Jeepney Task Force (JTF) has recommended the reopening of 14 more routes for traditional public utility jeepneys (TPUJ) to address the higher demand for public transport units during this holiday season.

Cuenco, who heads JTF, said he is also in talks with some transportation firms and cooperatives over the possible fielding of more units. He is also trying to get in touch with companies that operate modern buses, which can carry more passengers.

“If we talk about the present public transport, it’s really not enough,” Cuenco said in an interview Monday.

At present, only 18 TPUJ routes have been reopened and 265 TPUJ units have been allowed to resume operations.

Cuenco said the reopening of additional routes would provide the riding public more options.

He said they were just waiting for Mayor Edgardo Labella to approve their recommendation. Cuenco is set to meet with Labella to discuss the matter.

Cuenco also said allowing TPUJ units from other local government units to enter Cebu City will also ease public transport woes.

To date, Cuenco said only Talisay City has requested that its TPUJ units be allowed to enter Cebu City.

In a separate interview, Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) 7 Director Eduardo Montealto Jr. said there is a plan to augment the public transportation units in Cebu City for the holiday season.

Montealto could not provide more details as he was attending a webinar with other concerned officials to discuss the matter. (JJL)