Let us modernize our metro manila bus system, not the jeepney system

October 15th, 2017 No Comments   Posted in transport system
Let us modernize our metro manila bus system, not the jeepney system
Yes, modernizing the jeepney system with the same set of drivers we have today won’t solve our metro manila traffic problem. There will still be numerous of them blocking intersections, loading passengers at both sides of the intersection and still be the cause of grid locks. They will still operate illegal terminals and impede traffic flow at the end of road networks.
The correct solution is modernizing our bus system into two competing bus consortia – radial bus consortium and circular bus consortium.
The high volume profitable routes will subsidize the low volume non-profitable missionary routes usually dominated by the phased out jeeps and operated in a predictable bus schedule. I was in Leeds, UK and the municipal bus system operates in clock-work fashion. Bus stop posts shows the expected time the bus will pass and as commuter, you can be at the bus stop 5-10 minutes before schedule and queue to be able to ride and use your beep card to pay.
Why modernize the jeeps that lacks passenger capacity and passenger volume – they even have to operate an illegal terminal in order to survive and share the small volume of passenger – and then force them to purchase a costly vehicle? It will never work.
Let us follow the central dispatched bus consortium (of many bus owners and jeepney operators and phased-out drivers). The drivers will be monthly salaried and have minimum education requirement of college graduate like in Bangkok. They won’t be clogging intersections and drive with utmost courtesy thus avoiding gridlocks.
Using buses in major and minor routes eliminates many smaller jeepneys, AUVs, taxis and private cars since not all routes can be served by above ground and underground rail (LRT, MRT). There can be central dispatch to match bus volume with passenger volume at all times 24/7 operation. There will be intersecting radial and circular bus routes so passengers can navigate their way into the central business district in the most optimal manner.
Since the buses will be using beep cards, fares are paid electronically and passenger volume is monitored by central computers to optimize dispatch of buses in all radial and circular routes and complement the rail system (LRT, MRT).
Look at Tokyo and Seoul, they don’t have jeeps and small public transport, but have an integrated rail and bus system only to be complemented by a taxi system for the last-mile travel that is well-managed and disciplined.
Unless we phase out the low-capacity jeepneys and AUVs and replace them with an efficient centrally dispatched bus consortia of radial and circular route system using beep cards for electronic payment and computerized passenger volume monitoring with monthly salaried drivers, WE CAN NEVER SOLVE THE METRO MANILA TRAFFIC PROBLEM.
Marcial Ocampo

Improving the Metro Manila Transport System

April 28th, 2012 No Comments   Posted in transport system

Improving the Metro Manila Transport System

The best way to improve Metro Manila is to overhaul the transport system – it must
be a seamless and efficient transport system that complements one another. The
tricycle feeding into the jeepney feeding into the bus feeding into the rail
system (MRT,LRT).

The mall shopping centers integrated with bus exchanges, parking and feeding to
rail system. The main center has a circular and radial bus routes running on
CNG and FUEL CELL, while the external bus routes intersect with the circular
and radial bus routes are served by the old diesel-powered buses.

In this way, EDSA is chopped into 3 bus routes and the bus numbers are divided by
3 immediately, and EDSA is a pleasant place to drive. BUT PAINTING THE UGLY

MMDA should form a government consortium to buy out all the private jeepneys and
buses to form one municipal transport system for each city so that there will
be central dispatch that matches passenger demand as they move from one city to

This consortium is funded by ADB, WB, IFC, etc. so it could buy out all these
private buses. The old owners can then become minority owners with the value of
their expropriated buses and jeepneys.

Inefficient public utilities that emit smoke are replaced with modern CNG and FUEL CELL buses. MMD Chairman just needs to pick the brains Filipino experts like the energy expert.

CNG and FUEL CELL buses are now the modern public transport systems being looked into by China as shown by their transport experiments in Beijing and Shanghai. CNG (mainly METHANE or CH4) and HYDROGEN (H2) can be produced from industrial by-products as well as off-peak nuclear and renewable energy (solar, wind, geothermal, hydro, biomass) and will thus be insulated from the ever rising
crude oil and natural gas prices.

If you believe in this article, please forward it to MMDA Chairman Tolentino.