The Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB), confirmed that Bacolod City is opening 24 new jeepney routes, utilizing modern jeepneys as part of the public utility vehicle modernization program of the government.
In a press statement, the Bacolod City Information Office said Mayor Evelio Leonardia handed over the Local Public Transportation Route Plan or, the LPTRP, to LTFRB in a ceremony attended by transport group members and city officials on January 12.
Over 1,000 modern jeepneys are expected to operate around the city once the program is implemented, making it the second highly-urbanized city in the Philippines to have its new local route plan approved.
According to the mayor, the units and routes included in the ordinance were carefully studied by the Department of Transportation. However, he did not disclose the complete list of the routes.
But he stressed: “This is just one of the many plans that we envision to make our city more liveable; a city that can and will take action to address the needs of our people.”
The modern jeepneys were first introduced by United Negros Transport Cooperative (Unetco) with its partner Yellowdot Transport Inc., nearly 2 years ago, but the project was not able to take off due to some opposition from members of the existing transport groups.