Public transport is not the same anymore

The bus has a capacity of 50 sitting passengers plus about 20 standing for a total of 70 passengers. With the social distancing requirement, the maximum load of passengers would only be 20 which is about 1/3 of the average load. That means the income is also down to 1/3. So how can the bus company survive with that little earnings?

Another problem is the riding public. With just 1/3 of the capacity and just 50% of the buses are allowed to operate, the total load that the buses can carry is just a half of 1/3 or roughly 15% to 20% of the passengers. Now that would be a big problem on how to transport the riding public. Do you have any suggestion?

  • Do you ride the bus?

    • Yes
    • No
    • sometimes


What do you think?

Written by Alex Socorro

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  1. This is indeed a big concern for highly populated areas. We had a similar problem in the first few days of GCQ, but our local government slowly adjusted their policies to resolve the issue.
    Another factor, I believe, is the residents themselves are still refraining from going out unless necessary.
    The main mode of public transport here is the tricycle. At the start of GCQ, only one passenger is allowed and the city implemented a numbering scheme to determine who can ply on a certain day.
    pow that they changed that to the odd-even scheme, a tricycle driver/operator lamented that there are now more tricycles on the streets than passengers. Meaning, mostly are still staying at home.
    Hopefully, your LGU can and will make some adjustments as well to resolve this issue.

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