THE units operated by Cebu Interim Bus Service (CIBus), MyBus and Persano Corp. have returned to their original routes starting on Thursday, Oct. 1, 2020.
Allowing buses and beeps to pick up passengers along their pre-pandemic routes was a decision made by the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) 7 to address the lack of public transportation in the areas of Sitio Banawa, Barangay Guadalupe and Barangay Mambaling in Cebu City and parts of Talisay City.
Workers have returned to their work as Cebu City’s economy has reopened under the less restrictive modified general community quarantine (MGCQ), which has been imposed by the government since Sept. 1 to slow down the transmission of coronavirus disease 2019. The MGCQ status was extended until Oct. 31.
The influx of workers created a problem in public transportation—buses and modern jeepneys or beeps cannot carry them all as social distancing is still being observed inside public transportation units in Cebu City.
On Oct. 1, CIBus units started traveling from Il Corso in South Road Properties to Cebu I.T. Park in Barangay Lahug, Cebu City.
MyBus units also went back to its original routes:
from Mandaue City to Cebu City, SM Seaside City Cebu via SRP;
from Talisay City to Cebu City, SM Seaside City Cebu via SRP, Mambaling, N. Bacalso, Miller Hospital (Adventist Hospital Cebu) and vice versa;
from Talisay City to Mandaue City via SRP, SM Seaside City Cebu, SM City Cebu and vice versa; and
from Talisay City to Mandaue City via SRP, SM Seaside City Cebu, SM City Cebu and Mactan-Cebu International Airport.
The beep units of Persano Corp. are now also plying these routes:
Cebu City Hall to Cebu I.T. Park via Robinsons Galleria and Cebu Business Park and vice versa; and
from R. Duterte St. to Sykes via Happy Valley, to Fuente Osmeña, to Ramos St., then D. Jakosalem St., to Cebu Business Park and vice versa.
LTFRB 7 Eduardo Montealto Jr. welcomed the move of the Cebu City Government to study the possibility of allowing again the traditional public utility jeepney (TPUJ) operations.
Authorities have allowed TPUJs to resume operations in all cities and municipalities in Central Visayas except Cebu City and Mandaue City.
The Cebu City Government created the Jeepney Task Force, which is led by City Councilor James Cuenco.
The group, which includes Montealto, met on Thursday, Oct. 1, discussing which routes that need TPUJ augmentation.
Montealto said allowing TPUJ involves the issues on public health and safety; the task force must make sure that these are in place before allowing TPUJs to operate in Cebu City again. (WBS)