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Old August 8th, 2005, 02:12 PM   #161
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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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Old August 8th, 2005, 05:43 PM   #162
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good news!! I thought I saw one parked on the road the other day, pero maybe not. it looked really nice though and I thought I saw the logo of one of those Chinese manufacturers. haha!

anyway, I just hope that the 18-month, 3,000 bus target will be achieved so at least some of those dirty, disgusting buses on EDSA will finally be put away. it's good too that the DOE is trying to promote ethanol in fuels. I don't think a lot of other countries are doing that yet...
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Old August 9th, 2005, 06:00 AM   #163
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Yahoo

Oh una pa Baguio (which could really use it, nasisira ang beauty niya!) and Davao ( another green city!)

this will really change things, Manila was rated as one of the expats most livable cities in Asia, a favorite except that their number complaint, even in ADB pinaguusapan, is the polluition specially around mm, EDSA etc, when we convert to LPG - which makes sense since it's cheaper anyway - this place will really get cleaned up, and even the tourist will see this, di lang tayong naghihirap maglakad.

Gov't pushes LPG use in transport
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THE DEPARTMENT of Energy (DoE) is working on a policy framework to expand the use of liquefied petroleum gas (LPG), used chiefly for cooking, as a transport fuel, a department official said.

Coming off consultations with industry stakeholders in Cebu City early last month, Director Teresita Borra of the Bureau of Energy Utilization and Management said in an internal memo that one of the items raised at an open forum was a "need to establish a policy framework and identify the specific government agency that will regulate the different components of the autogas program implementation."

These components include registration categories of autogas vehicles as well as safety regulation and certification of vehicle conversion.

Industry stakeholders also raised the need for capacity building, particularly involving government agencies and local government units on the use of LPG as a transport fuel, autogas technology and the various components of the autogas program.

A study of the economic benefits and safety of using autogas for private trucks and vehicles in Cebu City was also suggested.

Energy Undersecretary Peter Anthony Abaya said in an interview that it took around P50,000 to turn a regular taxicab into an autogas-fed cab. Interested operators can avail themselves of financing from the state-owned Development Bank of the Philippines, he said.

Autogas cabs have started to become quite popular in Cebu City. During DoE consultations there, three taxicab terminals were inspected, all of which had a total of 290 autogas-fed cabs.

Emerson Taxi had 47 autogas taxicabs in operation and a Pilipinas Shell Petroleum Corp. dispensing station that had a 2,000 US gallons water capacity LPG tank. Jays Express Taxi had 43 autogas taxis and a Shell dispensing station of the same capacity. RP Corominas Taxi and Corominas Taxi had a combined 200 autogas cabs and Shell and Petron Corp. dispensing stations.

Shell requires a minimum of 40 taxis for the installation of a dispensing pump in the taxi terminal or garage.

According to the DoE's update Philippine Energy Plan, an autogas standard for road vehicles, cylinders and dispensing stations would be developed within the year, in cooperation with the Department of Trade and Industry.

Borra recommended that, in drafting the policy framework, the economic differences of taxi operations in various cities be considered, saying that boundary levels, fuel costs and operating hours differed from one city to another.

To be able to include these factors in the policy framework, the DoE will be going around the country to gather inputs from industry stakeholders, particularly in key cities nationwide.

After the Cebu consultation held last July 7, schedules have been set for similar consultations in Metro Manila, Baguio City, Davao City, Cagayan de Oro City and Iloilo City.

In Metro Manila, 108 autogas taxis are now plying the streets and two Petron dispensing pumps are available to provide them with fuel.

Shell is conducting a pilot project with a taxi operator in Cagayan de Oro City on autogas taxi operations.

Baguio City and Davao City have been identified as two of the pilot "Clean Cities'' under the US Agency for International Development's Clean Cities Program, which promotes the use of alternative transport fuels. Iloilo City is a Clean Cities candidate. With INQ7.net
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Old August 9th, 2005, 06:33 AM   #164
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Yeah this should be good for Baguio. I visited Baguio last month, it was my first visit after 15 years. I was really disappointed because the air wasn't as fresh as i remembered it. There was so much jeepney spewing crap in the air that in no longer reminded me of Baguio. Ahh, sadness.
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Old August 10th, 2005, 09:55 PM   #165
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"The CNG bus is the first of 200 units arriving the Philippines before the end of the year. The Philippine government hopes to have 2000 CNG buses serving Metro Manila routes by 2010."--China Embassy





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Old August 10th, 2005, 10:11 PM   #166
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Very good news. And that bus looks pretty good.
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Old August 10th, 2005, 10:20 PM   #167
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the transit here in toronto (toronto transit commission or ttc) is integrated. the bus routes are based on the grid system (north to south, west to east). buses end or somehow hits a subway station for easy transfers. altho it's still a far cry from the smart card systems, it is based several options. the standard fare is $2.50 (no minimum distance travelled, plus you get a transfer ticket for free. for a maxmium travel, a day pass is the answer ($8.00, unlimited travel). the thing is, you have to analyze your travel so you can maximize your fare. the city of toronto has been trying to reduce the gridlock on the streets and highways, but it still losing the ridership war. you have here a system demanding money from the city, provincial and federal governments because of rising cost but losing people taking the transit system. the ttc is heavily subsidized and unionized. every number of years, there is always the threat of strikes. so you have here the cost of paying your workers versus declining government support.

the rationale here is, if manila is aiming for an integrated transit system (it should have done decades ago), it should make ways of making do of what it earns (and better yet, make ways of how it will earn - advertising, etc). otherwise, it will just ask the government for subsidies.

check this site: www.ttc.ca

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card readers are a brilliant idea. most buses in singapore, europe etc. have those. but like pau said it will be hard to implement.

the best idea would be a "day pass" for MRT/LRT lines and buses that want to join it.
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Old August 11th, 2005, 08:23 AM   #168
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very coach-like. would be great for any city indeed.
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Old August 11th, 2005, 01:29 PM   #169
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with the high cost of gasolne right now i think we need to have all PUV'S fed with natural gas... attention the malampaya guys
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Old August 11th, 2005, 01:32 PM   #170
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i just hope this buses are ergonomically designed , yung tuhod mo sa tamang lugar !!!
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Old August 15th, 2005, 11:35 PM   #171
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Philtranco at 91: More diverse travel & safe trip

Philtranco, now 91 years old of service to the Filipino, takes us to all parts of the country, linking Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao through Strong Republic Nautical Highway (SRNH).

Philtranco not only offers a more affordable alternative to local air or sea voyage, it also promises a richer, more diverse travel experience and the reliability of a safe, comfortable trip.

The company is known and trusted as a huge innovator for easy and comfortable local travel and a major contributor to the local tourism industry.

Mila Abad, spokesperson of Philtranco said since it was established in 1914, Philtranco has grown into a world-class, globally competitive transportation provider it is today.

Abad said the company continues to improve the quality of the riding public with programs such as Luz-Vi-Minda, a bus-cum-ferry operation encompassing Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao; Biyaheng Pinoy, a revolutionary passenger service program aimed to provide seamless, worry-free travel; Philtranco Privilege Plus, offering year-round discounts and other amenities to regular Philtranco passengers.

The company also offers SMS service, Philkargo, the fastest and most efficient cargo transport system in the country; and most recently the Computerized Ticketing and Reservations System, which was launched last year.

Abad said with new terminals in Iloilo, Tandag and the newest terminal in Cubao, Philtranco now boasts of 16 major terminals, 30 end points and 200 destinations nationwide.

The terminal in Tandag offers more choices of destination in Mindanao, covering a further area southeast of the Surigao station.

In June this year, Philtranco inaugurated the newly improved Catbalogan Terminal, between Calbayog and Tacloban stations.

What was once a shabby outhouse beside a filling station and parking lot for the buses has been renovated, not only for the convenience of the travelers, but also the drivers and service crew as well.

The ticketing booth now offers a cellphone charging outlet, as well as cozier meal stop spaces, a TV viewing area and a smoking area.

Over the summer many vacationers in the white beaches of Boracay were able to avail of a less expensive alternative with the Boracay Budget Promo, as an all-inclusive trip to Boracay on the Philtranco bus, without having to line up individually for the roll-on/roll-off (RO-RO) ferries and charter your own pump boats to the island.

Other current RO-RO promos include free passage to Samar and Leyte until October this year.

At the same time tourists and overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) will find travel time easier, shorter, cheaper and more exciting through the new Manila-Clark-Manila shuttle which takes passenger bound for Kuala Lumpur, Kota Kinabalu and Singapore to or from the Diosdado Macapagal International; Airport (DMIA) at Clark straight from or to SM Megamall in Ortigas Center.

Passengers to Bicol, Leyte, Samar, Panay and Mindanao will find an even more accessible and convenient departure point as Philtrancoís latest main terminal in Cubao will be opened this month.

Exclusive to Philtranco passengers, the new terminal will have all amenities such as spacious and secure waiting lounge, facilities for ticketing and reservations, as well as areas for check-in and boarding, and a food court.

The terminal is found along EDSA, across the main road from Farmerís Plaza and Araneta Coliseum and walking distance from the MRT Cubao station.

Also launched during the recent anniversary was the Trading Post, which provides exchanges of Agro and other local products from the different provinces and regions along its routes with wholesalers and retailers from Manila.

At the Central Station in Pasay City, a booth at the Food Court and food stalls at the ground floor were set up.

The booth will serve as a souvenir shop, while the stalls at the ground floor features food samples that the Trading Post carries.
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Old September 7th, 2005, 03:22 AM   #172
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taken from abs-cbnnews.com...

MMDA ready with bus- route plan

By JEFFERSON ANTIPORDA, The Manila Times Reporter

The long-anticipated implementation of the Organized bus route program of the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) will push through next week, an official of the agency said Tuesday.

Traffic operation center chief Angelito Vergel de Dios said the agency was almost finished with the preparations for the programís dry-run.

He said the agency had invited all bus operators to attend the final meeting for the OBR on Friday to familiarize them with the mechanics of the program.

"There will be a final meeting between the MMDA officials and bus operators this coming Friday and after that we can go with the program next week," de Dios said in the an interview with The Manila Times

The traffic chief noted that it was Chairman Bayani Fernando who ordered the immediate implementation of the OBR, which is expected to address the worsening traffic congestion and minimize fuel consumption.

Several passenger bus operators have given their support for the program and promised to cooperate with the agency as long as the program can help solve the problem with colorum and out-of-line operations
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sounds like the great hope for the bus dilemma we have had for decades
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Old September 9th, 2005, 07:47 PM   #174
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anyone seen them hitech natural gas buses already? it's been deployed right?
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Old September 29th, 2005, 05:09 AM   #175
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i hope this project is a big success.. taken from philstar.com.. BF is my favorite cabinet person.. the second favorite is DOT durano.. hehehe..

All set for MMDAís Organized Bus Route scheme

The Philippine Star 09/29/2005

Itís all systems go for the Metro Manila Development Authorityís (MMDA) Organized Bus Route (OBR) scheme.

MMDA Chairman Bayani Fernando said the new bus scheme will be launched tomorrow at the Bagumbayan Bus Terminal along the C-4 Road in Navotas.

The OBR seeks to improve bus service along EDSA by regulating the number of buses dispatched at terminals according to passenger demand and by strictly enforcing the rules on the use of public utility vehicle (PUV) lanes.

"The OBR aims to instill discipline among PUV drivers and restore order along the entire stretch of EDSA," Fernando said.

The MMDA chief also pointed out that the OBR scheme will allow the agency to weed out colorum and out-of-line buses.

The current load factor of a buses operating in Metro Manila with a seating capacity of 60 passengers averages only about 35 percent per trip.

With the OBR, Fernando said they expect to double load factor to at least 70 percent for a one-way trip.

Preparations have been underway since last year to ensure that the new bus dispatch system meets its scheduled launch this month.

The MMDA has established four terminals and other control stations at strategic points in Metro Manila where buses from various routes will converge and be given color-coded dispatch numbers.

Work on distribution of tags for metro buses started last May and is now 70 percent complete. Hundreds of MMDA personnel have started tagging buses at the southern terminals in Baclaran, Alabang, Navotas and Robinsonís Place in Novaliches.

President Arroyo has endorsed the OBR scheme and said earlier that it is one of her administrationís energy conservation measures to cut fuel and energy consumption. The project has been endorsed by at least 15 Metro mayors.
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i hope this project is a big success.. taken from philstar.com.. BF is my favorite cabinet person.. the second favorite is DOT durano.. hehehe..
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Old September 29th, 2005, 07:19 AM   #177
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When will MM ever get an organized bus system like ones in Europe and North America? Buses with numbers that go to special routes:


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Old September 29th, 2005, 08:38 AM   #178
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Old September 29th, 2005, 11:16 AM   #179
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Let's get rid of the jeepneys and have the buses run those routes or better yet lrt's!
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Old September 29th, 2005, 11:24 AM   #180
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Well they do go on specific routes though. Despite the numerous operators, the routes are preset. They wouldn't be given a franchise to operate if the routes weren't set-- buses can't just drive anywhere.

So instead of the M11 bus, you have the Ayala-Quiapo bus. Or instead of the BX9 bus, you have the Edsa bus that runs the entire length of Edsa. Or instead of the M2 bus, you have the Buendia-LRT bus. Preset routes... just no numbers here.

I think the route numbers are window dressing. I think it's more important for them to cut down on the number of operators and change the fare system so that the kind of competition for passengers as it exists today stops. We wouldn't have the chaos on the streets if the buses, even individual bus drivers from the same company, didn't have to compete for passengers. Can we say that this is one instance where the cut-throat competition under free markets is unhealthy? A little regulation is wanted here.
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