Free rides: Quezon City government rolls out bus augmentation program

To address the lack of public transportation amid restrictions for the safety of commuters during the pandemic, the Quezon City government rolled out 85 buses that will serve at least eight routes.

Starting December 7, commuters were allowed to make use of buses under the augmentation program from the Quezon City Hall to Cubao, and Welcome Rotonda to Aurora Boulevard, among other routes. The first trip starts at 5 a.m. while the last trip is at 9 p.m.

The bus augmentation program – earlier made after the city government entered into an agreement with the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board – grants provisional authority for public utility buses that will be selected among bidders or bus operators to ply the eight routes.

Mayor Joy Belmonte said, “We are hoping that this program could help ease the lack of public transportation and to make commuting faster and safer for commuters on the way to their destinations.”

Source: https://www.philstar.com/headlines/2020/12/08/2062273/free-rides-quezon-city-government-rolls-out-bus-augmentation-program

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