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Old June 12th, 2005, 03:42 AM   #141
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Wow! this is really a good news! CNG buses would greatly help in reducing air pollution in the metro. Although for now it's only in the experimental stage, I'm sure Filipinos can adapt easily.
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taken from inq7.net..

Compressed Natural Gas-run buses launched

First posted 12:52pm (Mla time) July 01, 2005
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PRESIDENT Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo launched the first commercial bus using indigenous compressed natural gas (CNG) -- the government’s answer to the surging prices of oil.

The buses will be powered by CNG, which will be sold at 14.50 per liter for the next seven years, 50 percent lower than diesel, which is 29.50 per liter, according to Energy Secretary Raphael Lotilla.

The President, together with energy officials, members of the media; Canadian Ambassador Peter Sutherland; officials of Cummins Westport, the manufacturers of the CNG engines; and the Chinese delegation, Cummins' partners in manufacturing the CNG buses, took the inaugural ride to Luneta then back to Malacañang.

Lotilla said he expected the lower fuel cost to translate into lower bus fares. He added the use of this type of gas would also contribute to cleaner air.

“With the fuel cost much lower, relative to diesel, we expect they will be passing on the benefit to the passengers through lower fares,” he

said in a news briefing in Malacañang.

The gas will be available initially at the Shell station in Mamplasan, Biñan town, Laguna province.

At least 200 CNG buses will ply the Manila-Batangas route starting in August. In the coming days, CNG buses will also be seen in Metro Manila, Lotilla said.

Homer Mercado of HM Transport Inc., one of the six accredited importers and operators of CNG buses, said each bus costs about four million to six million pesos. He says he owns 80 CNG buses.
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Old July 1st, 2005, 10:06 AM   #143
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great news! I hope these new buses will catch on in Metro Manila and around the rest of the country so the dirty old buses that are widely in use now can finally be phased out...
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At least 200 CNG buses will ply the Manila-Batangas route starting in August. In the coming days, CNG buses will also be seen in Metro Manila, Lotilla said.


I could hardly wait to see those new buses running! I am so excited.
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Old July 1st, 2005, 12:19 PM   #145
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Magandang news ito. I hope this is the start of changing all the buses and jeepney in manila so that we will not have any more pollution.

Tingnan niyo kahit ang laking gulo umurong pa rin tayo.

Mabuhay.
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Old July 1st, 2005, 09:06 PM   #146
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great news! I hope these new buses will catch on in Metro Manila and around the rest of the country so the dirty old buses that are widely in use now can finally be phased out...
& so the smoke belcher jeepneys & FX na bulok will suffer the same fate too
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Old July 26th, 2005, 03:35 AM   #147
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MMDA readies new EDSA bus scheme
By Michael Punongbayan
The Philippine Star 07/26/2005

The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) is readying the full implementation of a modified Organized Bus Route (OBR) scheme along the entire 24-kilometer stretch of EDSA.

The system is expected to solve much of EDSA’s traffic problems since it will significantly lower the number of buses allowed to ply their routes.

MMDA Chairman Bayani Fernando said the OBR will also bring down pollution levels around the major thoroughfare.

He noted that there are just too many buses plying EDSA — some 3,000 units daily — even on holidays when there are not that many commuters.

The OBR, Fernando explained, will control and regulate the flow by allowing only a certain number of buses to use EDSA at specific days and times of the day.

Under the scheme, passenger buses, both airconditioned and non-airconditioned units, will be controlled and monitored on a terminal-to-terminal basis.

"The number of buses will depend on the volume of passengers in need of them. This will ensure that the buses on the road will not have empty seats," he said.

Fernando said he believes the OBR scheme will benefit everyone, including bus operators, since they stand to earn more at a faster pace.

Buses, he said, usually have to make three to four rounds in order to reach a targeted amount of earnings for a day.

With the OBR, a bus will be allowed to ply its EDSA route for the day once or twice, but with all of its seats occupied because of less competition.

"Mga one or two rounds, quota na," Fernando said.

Less buses on EDSA, the MMDA chief noted, will result in less pollution and less fuel consumption.

Fernando said EDSA’s buses spend some P266,000 on fuel for each unit yearly. This excludes maintenance costs and other expenditures.

The OBR scheme is the only MMDA project that has not been branded as illegal by a recent Makati City Regional Trial Court decision.

Fernando said the scheme will soon go into full swing following a dialogue with bus operators to inform them of the mechanics and finalize schedules.
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Old July 26th, 2005, 06:40 AM   #148
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Good Luck to us all using EDSA.

I don't know what will Happen to GMA but I hope they keep Bayani, for all my disagreements with what he does sometimes, I think he does a good job.
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Old July 26th, 2005, 08:26 AM   #149
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HMMM... so how will the OBR be? I saw in the news of the new CNG buses that was just delivered... would this still be used?

well.. I hope this will indeed push through and would really help in the situation of EDSA... and I hope Commonwealth Ave will have the same soon....
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Old August 4th, 2005, 03:41 AM   #150
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if this works out even half as well as BF has planned, he will be worshipped as a minor god here in manila.. hahahahaha.. lets hope that all the bus drivers/operators would give this a chance and follow the rules to the hilt..

It's a go for new bus route plan on Edsa

First posted 09:27pm (Mla time) Aug 03, 2005
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Editor's Note: Published on Page A21 of the August 4, 2005 issue of the Philippine Daily Inquirer

THE METROPOLITAN Manila Development Authority (MMDA) and transport groups finally found common ground yesterday on the controversial Organized Bus Route (OBR) scheme, paving the way for the implementation of the plan aimed at easing traffic on Edsa.

The MMDA said it would begin the full implementation of the OBR next week.

Willing to try
"I think the transport groups have realized how difficult it is to do business under the present setup, so they are now willing to give the scheme a try," said Angelito Vergel de Dios, MMDA Traffic Operations Center Executive Director.

The OBR, a first-on-first-off limited dispatch system at designated bus terminals along Edsa, was recently upheld as legal by a Makati court in a ruling on an injunction case filed by transport groups that branded the scheme a "restraint of trade." The MMDA said the system would maximize commuter loading of buses in one round-trip, boosting profits and saving on fuel expenses.

The agency has already readied five terminals to accommodate buses end to end. For southern commuters, terminals were set up at the Metropolis Mall, Alabang, Muntinlupa City; FTI in Bicutan, Taguig City; and Baclaran in Parañaque City. Terminals in northern Metro Manila include one in Navotas and another in Malanday, Valenzuela City. The MMDA also has a sprawling terminal complex in Novaliches, Quezon City.

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Tamper-proof color-coded queue cards have also been readied for distribution to buses.

"The agreement was, if bus companies would earn more because of the scheme as we believe they would, we would continue implementing the scheme," said Vergel de Dios.

"If after months of observation we see that it's not working, then we would fix the loopholes or, if the failure persists, we would abort the scheme," he continued.

Issues reconciled
Issues on the OBR were reconciled Tuesday in a meeting between MMDA officials and some 20 representatives from bus companies, including owners and officers of Jell Transport, Gasat Express, Pascual Liner, Cign Transport, Saint Rose Transit, Original Transport, Filipinas Trailways and Everlasting Transport. Of the Metro Manila-based bus operators' organizations, only the Intercity Bus Operators Association (Interboa) sent a representative to the meeting.

Despite the absence of representatives from other transport groups, the MMDA said it would pursue the implementation of the scheme. The OBR was first implemented on an experimental basis in December 2003.
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Old August 4th, 2005, 04:20 AM   #151
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I have been waiting for so long for this! its a win-win-win situation on the part of the commuters, bus operators, and environment.

With this OBR, passengers can still get on and off to anypoint in EDSA? or only allowed at the designated terminals? And would buses have fixed schedule of transit? Or maybe the alis-puno (Load and go?) system?
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Old August 5th, 2005, 11:46 AM   #152
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1st natural gas-fed bus to roll soon

First posted 02:01am (Mla time) Aug 05, 2005
By Abigail L. Ho
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Editor's Note: Published on Page A23 of the August 5, 2005 issue of the Philippine Daily Inquirer


JUMPSTARTING the country’s efforts to ease dependence on imported oil, the Philippine National Oil Co. has agreed to provide 200 normal cubic meters of compressed natural gas (CNG) at P15 a liter to a bus that will be plying the Fort Bonifacio-Pacita Complex route starting this month.

PNOC president and chief executive Eduardo Mañalac said the CNG, equivalent to 200 liters of diesel each week this month, will enable the HM Transport Inc. CNG-fed bus to start operating even while awaiting the completion of Shell Philippines’ mother-daughter refueling station this month.

The commissioning of the mother station in Tabangao, Batangas and the “daughter” station along the South Luzon Expressway in Biñan, Laguna within the month would mark the start of the full commercial run of HM Transport’s 80 CNG buses, he said.

The 80 China-made buses were acquired under the government’s Natural Gas Vehicle Program for Public Transport (NGVPPT).

The NGVPPT aims to promote the use of CNG in the public transport sector by providing incentives to industry participants, and offering the gas at very low prices.
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Old August 5th, 2005, 12:05 PM   #153
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I haven't been to the Phils for almost 2 years now, and even then I couldn't remember the prices, but I'm guessing 15 pesos a liter is a bargain, even more so for a new petroleum type
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Old August 5th, 2005, 02:51 PM   #154
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bus that will be plying the Fort Bonifacio-Pacita Complex route starting this month

At long last, my long wait is over.
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Old August 8th, 2005, 07:43 AM   #155
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I hope the bus design is cool! And more imporatantly all the jeepneys and buses in MM use this para we have less pollution!
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Old August 8th, 2005, 07:48 AM   #156
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We should require all busses to have doorways 3 feet of the ground accesible only thorugh bus stops , similar to curutiba brazil so we don't get them to stop anywhere they want.
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Old August 8th, 2005, 09:19 AM   #157
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They will look like the ones in the first page of this thread Good news that they are starting operations soon.
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Old August 8th, 2005, 09:34 AM   #158
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I don't get why the OBR is so controversial. Not having it is rather dubious isn't it?
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Old August 8th, 2005, 10:08 AM   #159
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YAY, Let's celebrate. We have been so inundated with political noise that we temporarily lost track of what matters most; progress for our country. I really hope these buses start operation SOON.
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^having said that, OBR implementation which is supposed to start today was postponed due to some minor problems.
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