11 Jan 2014
Beginning of a new era
For starters, fare is charged and paid through card. No ticket booth lines, no fare collection on board. Next, there are designated loading and unloading areas at which boarding passengers should wait and alighting passengers should get off. Now that's civilized way of commuting. These coupled ways of commuting, card payment system and loading/unloading only in designated areas, has long been the rule enforced and observed in Singapore, Kuala Lumpur, Bangkok and Hong Kong. Among the contemporaries, the Philippines is the only country that is still primitive in the area of moving its people through reliable, efficient and fast public transportation.
Moving forward, the COMET E-Jeepney is environment friendly as it doesn't emit fumes which caused polution.
More economical to the old PUJ jeepney
Compare to regular jeepney, comet e-jeepney is cost efficient as it only needs to be charged for 5 hours in 220 volts that would amount to Php 400 to 500. With the same distance both types of jeepney take, traditional PUJ consume diesel that costs drivers and operators money amount to the tune of Php 1,200. Even with the impending power hike, electric consumption needed to charge COMET jeepney is way too low.
The first batch of COMETS numbering to 30 units is scheduled to open officially this coming March. They will serve the riding public from North EDSA to EDSA Ortigas and vice versa. Existing jeepney fare rate applied and charged through the card.
Let's welcome the arrival of COMETs!
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