Jeepney Diaries: Trip-Cutting in Cogeo

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 Cogeo to Bagong Nayon 2 (a legal route, which is NOT assigned to them) and asked the drivers the reason behind their trip-cutting.

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Cogeo – Cubao: NXT 383
This driver used to travel the full route. Now, He can’t travel to Cubao anymore because he’s worried about the engine of his jeep, traffic enforcers may catch him & overhaul his jeep’s engine. Instead, he travels from Cogeo to Bagong Nayon 2, which is safer for him. He could escape from traffic enforcers catching jeepneys along Marcos Hi-way.

He told me, after passing by Petron near Cogeo Gate 2, that the people working there earn around P250 a day. That’s 3x less than what a driver earns everyday.

Marikina – Bagong Nayon 2: DHY 827
This driver often travels from Cogeo to Bagong Nayon 2. He would travel to Marikina or Sta. Lucia, depending on the condition of his jeep. There was one time when he reached Bagong Nayon 2 from CMA, his jeep started heating up. So, he brings 4 to 5 water bottles along with him everyday.

He also told me that passengers are after patok jeepneys, which are more attractive than egg-type jeepneys like his.

He keeps on going around, back & forth, looking for passengers. When he runs out of gas, he calls it a day.

Marikina – Bagong Nayon 2: DNF 676
The operator of this jeep never allows any driver to drive his jeep to Sta. Lucia or Marikina because it has a problem with its engine, it brings out a lot of smoke. If the jeep’s engine won’t be replaced by next month, the LTFRB will overhaul & confiscate its engine.  And he’ll get caught by traffic enforcers along the Hi-way. So he has no choice, but to travel from Cogeo to Bagong Nayon 2 to earn enough money to buy a new engine for his jeep. Once he has it, then any driver can travel the full route.

Cogeo – Cubao: DWW 510
This driver used to travel the full route. Now, He doesn’t travel to Cubao anymore because his jeep has a problem with is engine of his jeep.

Marikina – Paenaan: PXW 399
This driver often travels from Cogeo to Bagong Nayon 2. He would travel to Marikina or Sta. Lucia, depending on the condition of his jeep. Once he gets his jeep, especially its engine & body, fixed, then he can travel to Marikina.

He has a problem about other jeepneys. PUJs, which have no documents, are able to escape the OPPS whenever its drivers made a violation. Hence, most of them are considered colorums. On the other hand, PUJs, which have documents, cannot escape the police whenever its drivers made a violation.

Marikina – Bagong Nayon 2: PWZ 886
This driver drives the full route during evenings. However, he usually drives from Cogeo to Bagong Nayon 2 during mornings & afternoons. At that time, he might end up having a few passengers on his way to Marikina, when he reaches Masinag. And, the price of oil has increased. He earns P250 from Bagong Nayon 2 to Marikina, while he pays P200 for the oil used for his trip.

He hires a “kundoktor” for his jeep during evenings. But not during mornings & afternoons because he would get a few passengers instead.

Marikina – Bagong Nayon 2: NYU 334
The operator of this jeep never allows any driver to drive his jeep to Sta. Lucia or Marikina because it has a problem with its engine. The jeep is running slow & its engine is making sounds. He earns P500 from travelling the full route, while he spends P400 for the oil used for his trip, which is not enough for him. Hence, it’s impossible for the driver to drive to Marikina. So he has no choice, but to travel from Cogeo to Bagong Nayon 2 to earn enough money to buy a new engine for his jeep. Once he has it, then any driver can travel the full route.

Marikina – Bagong Nayon 2: PVX 290
This driver used to travel the full route. Now that he’s old, He doesn’t travel to Marikina anymore for a few reasons. He experiences leg aches whenever he’s stuck in traffic. He ages, and so does his jeep, since it has a problem with its engine. He doesn’t want to change his jeep line to “Cogeo Gate 1 – Bagong Nayon 2” because it’s better off for his jeep to be a colorum. He’s more comfortable with this.

Cogeo – Cubao: DFY 614
This driver sometimes travels to Cubao, notably during mornings. He feels that there are not enough jeepneys which ply the route “Cogeo Gate 1 – Bagong Nayon 2”. So, he decided to join the bandwagon during afternoons. Some jeepneys which ply the route “Cogeo – Paenaan” also join the bandwagon at often times.

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Here’s what I learned from these drivers, to wrap things up. Some drivers tend to cut trips because:
*Veteran drivers experience body aching from driving too much. Because of this, they can’t travel much farther.
*They would end up with a few passengers when they reach their assigned destination.
*Most jeepneys have problems with their engines.

There’s a Part 2 of this post, wherein I encountered jeepneys with the route Cogeo – Paenaan. More of these to come soon…

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