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Modernized jeepneys to start plying Iloilo City next week

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THESE air conditioned jeepneys will be plying Iloilo City’s streets starting mid-May. — BW/ERSSANTIAGUDO

THE FIRST 12 modernized jeepneys of the Iloilo City Alliance Operators and Drivers Transport Cooperative (ICAODTC) will start operating next week, with an initial four routes to be served. “More than the convenience, we offer safety, a hassle-free ride, and they can arrive on their offices fresh and on time,” Rizal M. Alido, board secretary of ICAODTC and president of the City Loop Integrated Alliance of Jeepney Owners and Drivers’ Association, said. The air-conditioned jeepneys, with a seating capacity of up to 25 passengers, will have a minimum rate of P10.50 to P12, higher than the region’s P8 rate for old jeepneys. The new units will use an Automatic Fare Collection System (AFCS), which require a beep card. “We will be using AFCS and the commuters will be using loadable beep cards. They can actually use this even in Manila,” Mr. Alido said. The transport group, in compliance with the government’s transport modernization program, is expected to have 110 new units by next year. “By 2020 hopefully there should be no visible old jeeps plying on the streets,” he said. — Emme Rose S. Santiagudo