New law to reshape public transport in Cebu, says Cuizon

A new law will reshape and reorganize the public land transportation in Cebu and throughout the country.

This was announced by Director Ahmed Cuizon of the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) 7, referring to the Omnibus Franchise Guidelines (OFG).

For example, Cuizon said, the law requires a change in the image of jeepneys, buses and multicabs, among other public vehicles.

Cuizon said it will start with a route planning, especially that there are 20 jeepney routes that will be affected by the Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) system.

“We have the new local public transport route plan (LTPRP), which has been signed last June 19,” Cuizon said.

He said the routes in Cebu have been needing changes because of the economic developments that have rendered the old routes unsuitable.

Under the LTPRP, Cuizon said, the local government units (LGUs) will make their own route plan and determine the kind and quantity of vehicles suitable to their areas.

“The LGUs submit the plan to DOTr (Department of Transportation) and once it is approved, it will be given to LTFRB to implement,” Cuizon said.

Cuizon said the DOTr envisioned that only buses will ply major highways in Cebu and throughout the country.

“In fact, BRT is along that line because this is composed of buses. The jeepneys and multicabs will be assigned to collector roads,” Cuizon said. (EOB)
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