Jeepney Diaries: Trip-Cutting in Cogeo

November 30, 2014

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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Jeepney Diaries: Trip-Cutting in Divisoria

September 30, 2014

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.


Jeepney Diaries: LRT to Sta. Lucia

April 22, 2014

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.

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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.

GOLDEN BOY
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.

DIOSAMA
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.

DONSKI
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.

KURECHENG
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.

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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.


Jeepney Diaries: Trip-Cutting in Antipolo (Part2)

February 21, 2014

In my previous blog, I encountered jeepneys which usually travel from Antipolo to Tikling. In this part, I encountered those which usually travel from Shopwise to Tikling and asked the drivers the reason behind their trip-cutting.

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Tanay – Cainta: DWG 821
During late afternoons to evenings, he makes trips from El Dorado to Tikling. But during mornings, he makes 3 trips from Teresa to Junction. He rarely makes trips to Tanay. He’s afraid he might end up having 2 or no passengers in his jeep once he reaches Junction or Tanay. So, he looked for a way to get more passengers and that was… looking for passengers in Tikling, who are bound for Shopwise & El Dorado, and have a hard time looking for jeeps bound for Morong/Tanay. He doesn’t even want to fall in line with the other jeepneys in a terminal in Junction to avoid fighting with the other drivers.

Tanay – Cainta: DWV 187
During late afternoons to evenings, he makes trips from Shopwise to Tikling (because he wants to, since he holds the franchise). But during mornings, he makes 4 trips from El Dorado to Junction (Nowadays, I see him traveling this route once during afternoons). He rarely makes trips to Tanay, notably during Sundays. He can’t travel to Tanay because it is a mountainous place, there are a few or no street lights along Provincial Rd. & Manila East Rd., in going there. Hence, he’s afraid he might have an accident there.

Antipolo – JRC: DDL 730
During mornings, he travels to JRC. But during afternoons & early evenings, he travels to Tikling. During this time, it’d be almost time for another driver to take his place. His jeep’s garage is a bit farther from Bayan, it takes him time to return there. So, he doesn’t want to waste time on traffic along Ortigas. Meanwhile, the other driver (operator) travels the full route during evenings.

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Here’s what I learned from these drivers, to wrap things up. Some drivers tend to cut trips because:
*They would end up with a few passengers when they reach their assigned destination.
*The road they pass is somewhat dangerous & prone to accidents. (If that’s the case, then why have a franchise with a route which passes within that area. What a waste of franchise.)
*And when it’s almost time for them to turn their jeep over to another driver.

More of these to come soon, but this time in other places…


Jeepney Diaries: Trip-Cutting in Antipolo

January 26, 2014

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 Antipolo to Tikling and asked the drivers the reason behind their trip-cutting.

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SUPER BUKNOY
Antipolo – Cubao: DGK 711

This driver doesn’t want to waste time on waiting for passengers on a particular stop along the way. He might end up having a few passengers on his way to Cubao (and back to Antipolo) and end up earning little money. So, he looked for a way to get more passengers and that was: looking for passengers in Tikling (Ironically, he hasn’t found much passengers on his way there, since I was the only passenger at that time). He told me, “Kani-kanilang diskarte yan sa pagbibiyahe.

He usually travels during the afternoons & evenings. He initially makes trips to Tikling, but makes 2 trips to Cubao during late evenings before he calls it a day. Hiring a “kundoktor” for his jeep or letting someone rent his jeep aren’t his cup of tea, since he knows the matrix. When traveling to Cubao, it depends on him if he wants to pass through Ortigas-Junction or Sumulong, since he considers his jeep a colorum.

LOUIE BOY
Antipolo – Cubao: DFK 612

The driver whom I talked is one of the veteran drivers, who has been doing his job for the past 33 years. I think this may be his only living for his family. Sometimes, he drives. Sometimes, he doesn’t since he has experienced body aching from this job.

He usually travels during mornings & late afternoons to evenings. During late afternoons to evenings, he makes trips to Tikling (since at that time, his body was aching). But during mornings, he makes 2 trips to Cubao. Before, during mornings, he brings students to Fatima. Some drivers, whose jeepneys hold the same route as his, followed what he did. However, he stopped this because the OPSS got angry at him for this, since jeepneys, which hold the route “Antipolo-Marikina”, are allowed to do this job.

He doesn’t want to hire a driver to drive his jeep because they may not maintain his jeep and may earn more than him. He doesn’t even want to hire a kunduktor since he knows the matrix. Before, his jeep was assigned to pass through Ortigas-Junction. Nowadays, it is assigned to pass through Sumulong, since he gets passengers at Emerald Plaza.

Antipolo – Cubao: DHC 189
The driver whom I talked to is another veteran driver. He does trip-cutting, in order to avoid the traffic in Imelda Ave. and Marcos Hi-way. There are times when his back is aching.

He usually travels during mornings & late afternoons to evenings. During mornings, he makes trips to Cubao, via Junction. During late afternoons to evenings, he makes trips to Tikling. But, he’d travel to Cubao on his last trip, depending on his body condition.

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Unfortunately, there was a colorum Jeepney, which used to hold the route Antipolo – Cubao (However, the Cubao sign was scrapped). Nowadays, I don’t see this running to Tikling anymore, not even in its garage near Tikling. Maybe, it was impounded. Now that’s good news.

Here’s what I learned from these drivers, to wrap things up. Some drivers tend to cut trips because:
*They experience body aching from driving too much. Hence, they know what’s right for them.
*They would end up with a few passengers when they reach their assigned destination. Operators, who are also drivers, never rent their jeep to any other driver because they might not take good care of them.

There’s a Part 2 of this post, wherein I encountered jeepneys from Shopwise. More of these to come soon…