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Route plies between airport in Mactan and SM City Cebu until Jan. 6

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Route plies between airport in Mactan and SM City Cebu until Jan. 6
Saturday, December 26, 2015

THE lack of taxis to and from the Mactan airport this holiday season has prompted the establishment of a temporary bus service between the airport and the North Reclamation Area in Cebu City.

Ahmed Cuizon, Mactan-Cebu International Airport Authority (MCIAA) assistant general manager, said the service was launched last Dec. 24 and will last until Jan. 6.

It was spearheaded by SM City Cebu in cooperation with the MCIAA, GMC-Megawide Cebu Airport Corp. and the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB).

Cuizon said SM is using MyBus hybrid buses. Service starts at 7 a.m. and ends at 10 p.m. daily.

The pick-up and drop-off point at the airport is outside the domestic terminal. The pick-up and drop-off point at the North Reclamation Area is the jeepney terminal at SM City Cebu.


The introduction of the temporary route did not sit well with local transport leaders.

Benjamin Ryan Yu, chairman of the Cebu Integrated Transport Service Cooperative (Citrasco), described it as a colorum operation that was legalized by unscrupulous government officials.

“They can only apply for a special permit if they have the franchise already. Private vehicles can’t be used for public use unless it is free and (charges) no fare. LTFRB can’t have jurisdiction over private vehicles,” Yu said.

LTFRB records show that SM and Jam Transit, a bus company in Metro Manila, entered into a joint venture called Metro Transit Corp.

They applied for a franchise to operate 77 hybrid buses from SM Seaside City to Talisay City, from SM Seaside City to Parkmall passing SM City at the North Reclamation Area, and from SM Seaside City to the Mactan airport.

Five transport groups--Citrasco, Cebu South Mini Bus Operators Association, Cebu Provincial Bus Operators Association, Metro Cebu Taxi Operators Association and the Pinagkaisang Samahang Tsuper at Operyetors Nationwide--filed their opposition to the issuance of a franchise to Metro Transit.

While their petition is pending before the LFTRB en banc, LTFRB 7 Director Reynaldo Elnar issued a franchise to three hybrid buses of Metro Transit that will ply the SM Seaside-Talisay City route.




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A permanent bus would make getting to and from the airport a damn site easier.



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That is what SM mybus plans to do


they just need the permits

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