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Davao City to Implement Integrated Bus System, Phase Out Jeepneys

Feasibility studies are ongoing

While there are discussions and debates about the jeepney modernization program in Metro Manila, Davao City is going for another route: they intend to phase out jeepneys and replace it with the Davao Integrated Bus System.

In a report by The Philippine Star, Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio rejected the jeepney modernization program, citing that it is unfair for jeepney drivers to comply with the program and sell their jeepneys for scrap six months later.

As compensation, the city government is working on livelihood assistance to more than 400 jeepney operators that will be affected by the Integrated Bus System.

The Davao Integrated Bus System will initially cover those plying the Catalunan Grande-Roxas Avenue and C.P. Garcia Highway-Sasa routes. Feasibility studies are ongoing as of press writing.

One Comment

  1. I don’t want to side with a Duterte, but I think this is the right path to solving traffic congestion. Our more successful neighbors have three modes of public transportation: taxi, bus and train.

    We have competing modes of transportation. First is short distance, tricycle vs jeep. Jeeps just wait for an eternity to fill up seats. I really hate tricycles, they are inefficient with their low passenger capacity and they charge unimaginable prices, for example a “special trip” on a university route can be P40, you can travel the entire length of edsa on a bus with that fare. Universities should invest in special route buses, it can provide income for the school. Which university doesn’t want more money?

    Then we have the disaster that is long distance. We have train, bus, jeep, uv-express suv, and uv-express van. Vans and suv’s have broken or weak ac’s most of the time. The trains break all the time.

    We all hate local taxi’s, I think that’s a universal truth. Just ask the Austrian vloggers.

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