CALOOCAN CITY, Nov. 24 (PIA) --The Quezon City government's Bus Augmentation Program is set to start on the first week of December.
This, after Mayor Joy Belmonte signed a Memorandum of Agreement with the Land Transportation and Franchising Regulatory Board (LTFRB) for the implementation of the aims to provide additional means of transportation to commuters and help ease traffic congestion.
"Dahil limitado pa rin ang mga pampublikong sasakyan sa lungsod, nagpasya tayong gawin ang hakbang na ito upang maibsan ang problema sa transportasyon sa ating lungsod," Belmonte said.
"Sa pamamagitan nito, mabibigyan natin ng mas mabilis at ligtas na paraan na pagbiyahe ang publiko patungo sa kanilang mga hanapbuhay at iba pang lugar na kailangan nilang puntahan," she added.
The mayor said the bus program is open to the public during its initial run but will eventually become exclusive for QC residents with QCitizen ID.
The LTFRB will issue a certificate allowing the city government to operate buses that will ply the following routes under the program: Quezon City Hall to Cubao P. Tuazon corner Gen. P. Romulo Ave. (and vice versa), QC Hall to Litex (and vice versa), Welcome Rotonda to Aurora Blvd. cor. Katipunan Ave. (and vice versa), QC Hall to Gen. Luis via SB Road (and vice versa), QC Hall to Mindanao Ave. cor. Quirino Highway (and vice versa), QC Hall to LRT 2 Gilmore (and vice versa), QC Hall to E. Rodriguez Jr. Ave cor. Ortigas Ave. (and vice versa), and QC Hall to LRT 1 Roosevelt and back to QC Hall.
According to Assistant City Administrator for Operations Alberto Kimpo, the program will also help ease traffic congestion in Quezon City as it adopts a more efficient mode of transportation in the city roads.
"The program will follow a bus trip schedule and buses will stop only at designated pick-up and drop-off points along their routes," Kimpo explained.
The City bus routes are also connected to the bike lanes that is being implemented by the City Government. The initial phase of the Bike Lane Program will commence on three major thoroughfares (Commonwealth Avenue, Quezon Memorial Circle Elliptical Road, and Quezon Avenue) very soon.
"Both of these programs will help decongest the City's roads as it encourages citizens to leave their cars at home and ride their bikes or take the bus en route to their destination," Kimpo said.
Task Force for Transport and Traffic Management head Dexter Cardenas, will spearhead the actual on-ground operations of the City Bus Augmentation Program.
The Task Force shall also ensure that minimum health standards will be implemented, such as physical distancing, temperature checks, sanitation, and filling out of contact tracing form for each passenger. (QC PAISD/PIA-NCR)