In LRT Santolan, you can see a group of jeepneys, which ply the route “Cogeo – Cubao”. They usually travel from LRT to Masinag during evenings, while most of them travel from Cogeo to LRT during mornings. 2 or 3 of these rarely travel to Cubao. In this part, I encountered some of these jeepneys and asked the drivers the reason behind their trip-cutting.
Antipolo – Cubao: DJV 202
This driver doesn’t travel the full route because he doesn’t waste time from traffic in roads within the area. He doesn’t want to hire a driver to drive his jeep because they may not maintain his jeep very well since he doesn’t trust them.
He usually travels during mornings & evenings. He usually travels from Masinag to LRT. Nonetheless, he never travels to Cubao or to Antipolo anymore. In other words, he’s violating his franchise.
Cogeo – Cubao: DXD 271
This driver travels from Masinag/Sta. Lucia to LRT. He rarely travels to Cogeo, notably during mornings & when he’s done with his duty. He never travels to Cubao because he wants to avoid the traffic near Aurora. He doesn’t want to waste time on traffic along Marcos Hi-way & he’s afraid he might run out of gas when he reaches his destination.
Cogeo – Cubao: TVK 224
This driver has his own conditions. If traffic in Marcos Hi-way is heavy, he would travel from LRT to Masinag/Sta. Lucia. He would travel to Cogeo (and to Cubao), if and only if traffic is light enough for him. If traffic is super heavy, he would call it a day. With the traffic along the hi-way, it would take him 3 hours to complete 1 round.
Cogeo – Cubao: TWH 890
This driver travels from Cogeo to LRT during mornings and Masinag/Sta. Lucia during afternoons. He never travels to Cubao because he wants to avoid the traffic near Aurora. The other driver, who owns this jeep, travels the full route occasionally & during Early Morning.
Cogeo-Cubao: DWX 221
This driver has his own conditions. If traffic in Marcos Hi-way is heavy, he would travel from LRT to Masinag/Sta. Lucia. He would travel to Cogeo (and to Cubao), if and only if traffic is light enough for him. That’s one of the ways for him to save on gas, time & money.
He also told me that his jeep & the other jeeps hide out under the Bridge near SM Marikina.
Here’s what I learned from these drivers, to wrap things up. Some drivers tend to cut trips because:
*Traffic in a particular part of the road is heavy. From this, drivers would lose time & earn little money.