Body to mull PUJ routes pushed

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Monday, October 1, 2012


AN inter-agency body is being proposed by Director Ahmed Cuizon of the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) to study the restructuring of all public utility jeepney (PUJ) routes within Cebu City in preparation for the Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) of Trans Cebu project.

Cuizon, a member of the BRT Technical Working Group, said that while jeepneys will not be allowed to travel within the BRT routes from Bulacao to Talamban, they are still needed to connect from other areas to the BRT routes.

Cuizon said that while LTFRB has the power to issue a Certificate of Public Convenience (CPC) to PUJs, the local government units (LGUs) concerned must be involved because under the Local Government Code, they have the authority to set travel lines in connection with the solution to traffic problems.

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On the other hand, Cuizon said that representatives of the drivers and operators of PUJs, passenger buses and taxis must also be involved because they may chose what roads, outside the BRT line, they are going to take.

No meeting yet

During the Transport Sector Dialogue the other day sponsored by Abante Barangay of lawyer Aristotle Batuhan and the Integrated Bar of the Philippines (IBP-Cebu City), Armando Gracia of the driver-operators’ group said that the government has not yet called them to a meeting to discuss what will happen to them once BRT or Trans Cebu will be operational by 2015.

But Christopher Yap, executive director of the City Integrated Traffic Operations and Management (Citom), said that once the inter-agency body proposed by Cuizon will be organized, they will conduct a series of consultations with drivers, operators and other stakeholders to map out new jeepney routes.

Cuizon, on the other hand, said that LTFRB’s primary concern is the point of origin and point of destination of a jeepney.

Porposal

The proposed BRT routes are from South Road in Bulacao, Cebu City passing Natalio Bacalso Ave., then left turn to Osmeña Blvd., then right turn to Escario St., then left turn to Gorordo Ave., then right turn to Salinas Drive, then left turn to Gov. Cuenco Ave. all the way to Talabam.

Once the BRT routes will be in place, LTFRB, with the inter-agency body, will determine the new jeepney routes with its new points of origin and new points of destination.

“As long as both points are observed, then the LGU (Local Government Unit) concerned may vary the route subject to ordinances that undergo consultations with stakeholders.

But, yes, LTFRB is still open to possible route adjustments in close coordination with LGUs,” Cuizon said.

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on October 01, 2012.

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