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E-jeepneys in Makati to start charging fares

Manila Standard Today

February 18, 2012 – ELECTRIC-powered jeepneys plying routes in Makati City will start charging fares starting March 1, its proponent announced on Friday.

The Institute for Climate and Sustainable Cities said the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board has issued the countrys first franchise for electric public utility jeepneys.

“Finally the project has reached the commercial stage and we’re confident and raring to demonstrate the full viability of the project,” iCSC Director Red Constantino said.

Starting March 1, iCSC said commuters patronizing e-jeepneys in Makati, mostly officer workers, will be charged a minimum P8 fare for the first four kilometers, similar to the fare of conventional PUJs.

In partnership with the city government of Makati and the eJeepney Transport Corp., iCSC, a transport advocate and climate policy think-tank, launched the e-jeepney project on 2007 as an alternative mode of public transport in the citys Central Business District. (Ferdinand Fabella)

Photo by AC Dimatatac