Jeepney Diaries: Trip-Cutting in Divisoria

There are some drivers who are trip-cutting, which means that they’re not completing the route. In this part, I encountered jeepneys which usually travel from Divisoria to City Hall and asked the drivers the reason behind their trip-cutting.

In each day, I encounter 2 jeeps. One to Divisoria, and another one back to Lawton or City Hall.

Unfortunately, some drivers whom I talked to aren’t the owners/operators of the jeep. Hence, it depends on the drivers on where they can travel it to. Who knows, some different drivers may have brought these jeeps the full route.

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DAY 1

Divisoria – Baclaran: NVY 797
This driver doesn’t travel the full route because he doesn’t waste time from heavy traffic in Taft Ave. Despite this, he is used to this habbit. It’s even traffic near their terminal in Baclaran. The more time this jeep is stuck in one part of the road, the more gas it wastes, and less money to earn. He earns more when travelling to City Hall.

He often travels until City Hall. Sometimes, until Pedro Gil or Vito Cruz. Depending on the condition of the jeep & the traffic. He told me that it takes 4 trips to Baclaran a day, but it takes 10 or more to City Hall. The more trips travelled, the more money earned.

He even told me that some of the jeeps from Divisoria don’t hold the franchise from Divisoria – Baclaran. They used to hold different routes linked to Libertad or Baclaran. Once their franchise expires, They’re considered as colorums. Some drivers like him are already used to getting caught by the traffic enforcers (and even Vice Mayor Isko Moreno) for trip-cutting; once they get in trouble, the operators of the jeep they’re renting will be also in trouble.

Divisoria – Rotonda: TCR 262
The driver whom I talked to is one of the veteran drivers. When he was young, he used to travel a full route. He used to earn money for his family, and his kids, who were studying in college (one of them at San Beda) at that time.

Now that he’s old and his kids already have their own job, he only travels until City Hall. He’s not able to travel a full route anymore because he has experienced body aching from this job. He still earns enough for his family to show his kids that he still loves them.

This jeepney became a public type last year. However, it even made trips from Divisoria to City Hall when it used to be a private type. It used to be a colorum, but since most drivers using this jeep travel from Divisoria to City Hall, it is still considered a colorum.

DAY 2

Divisoria – Baclaran: TVY 520
This driver doesn’t travel the full route because it’s too far for him. He just considers “Baclaran” a name, he would never go that far. If he travels to Baclaran and it’s traffic, he would lose time & earn little money.

He often travels until Pedro Gil. Sometimes, during mornings, he starts from Recto Avenida. His last trip is to Blumentritt, where his jeep’s garage is. (He travels where he wants to, since he holds the franchise).

Divisoria – Baclaran: TXK 170
This driver has got a strange logic on his jeepney. His jeep is not considered a colorum for him. Though it is assigned the route “Blumentritt – Baclaran”, his jeepney reads “Divisoria – Baclaran”. In other words, it depends on where the driver is more comfortable on travelling to. After all, he’s after the money he earns. He often travels either until City Hall or Pedro Gil.

He even told me that passengers should rely more on the signboards, instead on what’s said on the sides of every jeepney because it may not take you to the destination of the latter. An example of it happened when we’re almost at Jones bridge. Someone asked, “Dadaan po ba ‘to sa UN Ave.?”. The driver answered, “Hanggang City Hall lang po ako”. The signboard is at the front for that person to see. Yet, he relied on the sides instead. That person seems stupid.

DAY 3

Divisoria – Baclaran: TWC 341
This driver doesn’t travel the full route because it’s too far for him. It’s traffic along Taft and a Smoke Emission Testing place is situated along Buendia, he’s afraid he might get caught.

He often travels until City Hall. The other driver of the jeep travels the full route. They both travel only during daytime and share the equal number of days.

Divisoria – Rotonda: NWL 117
This driver doesn’t travel the full route because he doesn’t waste time from heavy traffic in Taft Ave. He might consume more gas (since the price of diesel has now increased) and earn less money. He earns more when travelling to City Hall.

He often travels until City Hall. Sometimes, until Pedro Gil. He would only travel to EDSA Rotonda if only there’s less traffic along Taft. He told me that it takes 4 trips to Rotonda a day, but it takes 10 or more to City Hall. The more trips travelled, the more money earned.

Some jeeps en route to Rotonda have terminals in Divisoria, unlike his jeep, and drivers of those jeeps go over traffic to reach that place.

DAY 4

Divisoria – Baclaran (via Mabini): TWC 341
This driver sometimes travel the full route. At often times, he doesn’t because of bad body condition, noably in one of his body parts (In which I have to keep it within myself). He feared that if that part stops functioning, he will die. Thuss, considering it fatal. Despite his body condition, he has no choice but to travel to earn enough money for his family & medicinal costs.

Since he’s not the owner of the jeepney, he’s assigned to use it. Unknown if there are other drivers who use this jeepney.

Divisoria – Rotonda: TYF 457
This driver doesn’t travel the full route because traffic in Taft Ave. is heavy (He would only reach City Hall). The owner of this jeep does everything to travels the full route (He rarely drives this).

DAY 5

Divisoria – Baclaran: CWK 767
This driver travels the full route during mornings. He also travels to City Hall/Pedro Gil during afternoons because traffic along Taft is heavy at that time. He doesn’t want to waste time from it. He might end up having a few passengers on his way & end up earning little money.   Despite his body condition, he has no choice but to travel to earn enough money for his family & medicinal costs.

Divisoria – Libertad: PYN 257
This driver doesn’t travel the full route because it’s too far for him. He travels only to City Hall so he can have some time to rest. Since he lives near the said place.

During evenings, the operator of this jeep travels the full route once before he calls it a day.

DAY 6

Divisoria – Baclaran: EAL 888
This driver usually travels to City Hall/Pedro Gil during afternoons. He travels the full route during mornings, but in 2 trips from destination to destination. He would travel from Divisoria to Pedro Gil, and from Pedro Gil to Baclaran. Because if he makes it in only 1 trip, he would earn little money, lose time & passengers from traffic along Taft.

Divisoria – Baclaran: TYB 469
This driver travels the full route during mornings. He also travels to City Hall/Pedro Gil during afternoons because of heavy traffic along Taft.

DAY 7

Divisoria – Baclaran: DLJ 773
This driver doesn’t travel the full route because he doesn’t know the fare matrix. Instead, he relies with the minimum fare, which is P8. He travels to Pedro Gil a few times during mornings, and to City Hall for the rest of the day.

He even told me that some of the jeeps from Divisoria don’t hold the franchise “Divisoria – Baclaran”. They used to hold different routes from Blumentritt, Dapitan, MCU. The owners of their jeeps are not in favor of LTFRB. So, they decided to make them as colorums.

His jeep used to hold the route “Blumentritt – Baclaran”, under a different owner. But it became a colorum with its current route when he bought it.

Divisoria – Baclaran: PGS 334
This driver doesn’t travel the full route because he doesn’t know the fare matrix.

He wants to travel to Baclaran. The problem is: he doesn’t know the fare from place to place within his route. He knows only the minimum fare (P8), from Divisoria to Quirino, and the fare from Divisoria to Baclaran (P18).

Instead, he relies with the minimum fare, which is P8. He travels to Pedro Gil a few times during mornings, and to City Hall for the rest of the day.

DAY 8

Divisoria – Baclaran: NSV 812
This driver travels to City Hall/Pedro Gil during mornings & afternoons. During that time, there are OPPS along Taft Ave. who catch jeepneys for smoke belching. He travels the full route during evenings only. That’s the only time, which is safe for him to do this.

Divisoria – Baclaran: PXJ 992
This driver travels the full route a few times during early mornings. He also travels to City Hall/Pedro Gil during the rest of the daytime because traffic along Taft is heavy at that time (come 8am). He doesn’t want to waste time from it.

Whenever he travels to Divisoria from City Hall, he doesn’t wait for passengers in City Hall because there are OPPS guarding that place. Instead, he waits for passengers in Lawton.

When he was young, he had the ability to travel a lot. Now that he’s old, he doesn’t travel that much anymore. His body condition, his jeeps machine, the warm weather, the traffic.

DAY 9

Divisoria – Baclaran: DXA 708
This driver travels the full route, depending on his “terms”. If he’s lazy, tired & wants to escape from the traffic along Taft, he would travel to City Hall/Pedro Gil and take a short rest in that area. If he’s hardworking & can survive the traffic along Taft, he would travel the full route. If he wants to earn more, he would travel the full route.

Divisoria – Libertad (via Mabini): NYR 584
This driver travels to City Hall/Pedro Gil and take a short rest in that area. If he’s hardworking & can survive the traffic along Taft, he would travel the full route. If he wants to earn more, he would travel the full route.

DAY 10

Divisoria – Libertad (via Mabini): DXA 708
This driver travels the full route 3 times during early mornings. He also travels to City Hall/Pedro Gil during the rest of the day because traffic along Taft/Mabini is heavy, come 8am. He doesn’t want to waste time from it.

For him, it’s not that traffic in Mabini than in Taft. But whenever he reaches Quirino, there would be a lot of traffic. He’s fed up with traffic affecting his path, especially in Lawton.

Divisoria – Baclaran: PVA 884
This driver doesn’t travel the full route because it’s too far for him and traffic there is so heavy, it would waste his time. He often travels until City Hall and sometimes until Pedro Gil.

DAY 11

Divisoria – Libertad: DPV 815
This driver doesn’t travel the full route because traffic along the way is so heavy, it would waste his time. Hence, he might lose passengers and earn little. He often travels until City Hall and sometimes until Pedro Gil.

Divisoria – Baclaran: NYN 767
This driver doesn’t travel the full route because it’s too far for him and traffic there is so heavy. He often travels until City Hall and sometimes until Pedro Gil or Quirino.

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Here’s what I learned from these drivers, to wrap things up. Some drivers tend to cut trips because:
*Traffic along Taft or Mabini is heavy at most times, this wastes time on drivers.
*Veteran drivers experience body aching from driving too much. Because of this, they can’t travel much farther.
*Some of them claim that Baclaran is “too far” for them, they don’t know that place.

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