Here's Your Guide to Public Transport During the GCQ

Hopefully, this makes your commute more managable.
Photo/s: Jerome Ascano

The Department of Transportation has allowed limited operations of public utility vehicles and railway sytems starting Wednesday after a 2-week pause as Metro Manila and its suburbs shift to a general community quarantine, which will last until the end of August.

All passengers are required to wear face masks and face shields. Commuters must undergo temperature scans before boarding the vehicle, and transport units will carry fewer riders to accommodate social distancing protocols. Frequent disinfection and decontamination will be done to ensure passengers' safety.

The Presidential Communications Operations Office listed down all of the mass transportation options resuming limited operations on their Facebook page.

Public utility vehicles


UV Express vans will service 51 routes with 1,621 units. Public utility buses will have 31 routes covered by 3,662 units, while 364 Point-to-Point (P2P) buses will cover 33 routes. Some 20,493 taxis and 23,776 transport network vehicle service (TNVS) units will also hit the road to carry commuters.

Traditional jeepneys are also making a comeback to serve 126 routes, with 12,443 units, compared to the original 7,945 earlier allowed. Modern jeepneys will ply an additional 45 routes with 716 units.


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The MRT-3 will have 18 operational train sets. The LRT-1 will have 24 for peak hours, which will be reduced to 18 for off-peak hours. LRT-2 will have 5 train sets, while the Philippine National Railway will have 10 operational sets.

Talking, either with fellow passengers or on the phone, is prohibited on LRT-1 and LRT-2 trains to prevent the spread of COVID-19 via water droplets.

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