LTFRB defends circular on bus routes

Posted on July 31, 2014

THE LAND TRANSPORTATION Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) disputed assertions that its memorandum to rationalize provincial bus routes will add to traffic congestion in EDSA.

In this Feb. 22, 2013 file photo, vehicles pack EDSA, the main highway through Metro Manila. -- BW File Photo
News reports recently quoted Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) Chairman Francis N. Tolentino as saying that the LTFRB memorandum circular allows PUBs to traverse EDSA on the way to their terminals in Metro Manila, which “may result in heavy traffic on the major thoroughfare.”

LTFRB Chairman Winston M. Ginez clarified in a statement Wednesday that “the move of LTFRB is to rationalize routes of provincial buses that were not updated in the last 20 years.”

The LTFRB issued its memorandum on July 9, stipulating the implementing guidelines on the conduct of rationalization of routes for provincial utility bus services.

The board said in its statement that, by issuing its memorandum, LTFRB is addressing the out-of-line operations of provincial buses and ensuring there are enough number of authorized units in a particular route, while weeding out illegally operating “colorum” buses nationwide.

Under the new memorandum, provincial bus operators may petition to modify their authorized routes to meet passenger needs.

Bus operators must maintain their own passenger terminals or their common terminal in the origin and destination points of their proposed modified routes.

Bus operators have until Aug. 15 to apply for the modification of their routes. -- Chrisee Jalyssa V. Dela Paz