COUNCILOR Betty Lourdes Tabanda wants a thorough study done before a vehicular reduction scheme is imposed on Trancoville and Aurora Hill (AH) jeepneys.

“There has to be a scientific basis even if it will on experimental basis only,” Tabanda said, as she pointed out there are other associations, especially using the Aurora Hill route, which do not have as much jeepney units traversing the CBD.

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The Modernsite route for instance only has 30 units as reported by Public Transport Affairs Office president Perfecto Itliong Jr.

If the odd-even scheme is imposed on them, half will not ply the CBD in one day.

Tabanda said unlike the East Bayan Park jeeps, which operate express, Modernsite jeeps have their own staging area; hence, they do not contribute to the congestion of the streets.

On March 8, an odd even scheme will be imposed on Trancoville and AH jeepneys.

Traffic Management Branch head Engelbert Soriano said the TMB recommended the double coding on AH and Trancoville jeepneys because they have observed that many ply the streets with only a few passengers.

Both jeepney associations have a close to 2,000 jeepney units plying the city’s streets every day.

“The plan has to be studied first,” Itliong added, as he suggested the TMB can look into which of the Rimando Road and Bonifacio routes that both associations ply gets clogged faster. (Rimaliza Opiña)