By Alexandria Dennise San Juan
At least 45 electronic jeepneys, or e-jeeps, were deployed Tuesday in Tacloban City by the Department of Transportation (DOTr) and the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) to launch the government’s public utility vehicle modernization program.
LTFRB chief Martin Delgra said three franchises with 15 units each were opened to ply for three routes in the city.
The solar e-jeeps, which are equipped with dashcams, CCTV cameras, and automatic fare collection system, will be plying the following routes:
Route A – New Transport Terminal to Tagpuro and vice versa (14 kilometers), servicing the housing sites of Villa Sofia, Sangyaw Village, and New Hope Village
Route B–New Transport Terminal to New Kawayan and vice versa (12 kilometers), servicing Villa Diana, North Hill Arbours, Guadalupe Heights, Greendale Subdivision, and St. Francis Village
Route C – New Transport Terminal to Cabalawan and vice versa (8 kIlometers), servicing Ridgeview Subdivision, UNDP housing site, Lions Ville, and Knightsridge
Delgra said the launching of the modernization in Tacloban will set the example for the implementation of the program for other municipalities in the country, following the one route, one franchise policy.
“As much as possible there would only be one franchise for every route. Ito po ang nangyari dito sa Tacloban. Tatlong ruta, tig-iisang prangkisa sa bawat ruta,” he said.
Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade said in a statement that the government’s modernization program is one of the biggest undertakings of the administration “to provide accessibility to the farthest barrios previously unreached by our transportation system.”