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Are Filipinos willing to pay for good public transportation?

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There is a nice article that appeared last April 1, 2016. I hope it is not an April Fool’s type of an article.

Why is the U.S. unwilling to pay for good public transportation?

Reading the article reminded me of a lot of similar concerns surrounding public transport projects currently being constructed and those in the proposal and pipeline stages in Philippine cities. It seems though that there are still many people who have little appreciation of the benefits of modern public transport systems. Aside from Metro Manila and perhaps Cebu City, there is little clamor for modern mass transit systems. People tend to take commuting for granted with modes that they have grown up with like buses, jeepneys and tricycles until they start to experience first-hand the pains of traveling using inferior transport on severely congested roads. But even then, most seem to take it in stride and carry on, carrying their crosses in a state of purgatory that seems to have no end in sight.

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  1. Maybe we are not willing to pay for good public transportation, but we could convince public transportation providers to improve their services by these two suggestions:

    1. Establish an LTFRB-approved rating system for PUVs. We can rate Grab and Uber drivers simply by selecting the number of stars, so surely we can do this for jeepneys, taxis and buses. It can be done either by text (with an appropriate format that can be easily memorized) or an app. It could be simple, like putting in the type of vehicle, plate number, and rating; or complicated, with categories and comment areas (e.g., how would you rate comfort, driver decorum, etc.). The results would then be sent to the LTFRB, which they could use as basis for renewing the license of the driver of the vehicle. Or they could include the annual rating among the stickers that have to be installed in a conspicuous place. So when we see a jeep that is a 3-out-of-5, then we can avoid riding it altogether.

    2. Enact a policy that will give the commuter the right to refuse paying his/her fare if he/she is not satisfied with the service provided by the PUV. This is the most aggressive way because it hits the PUVs in their weakest spot: their income. This would also free the LTFRB from bothering with setting up their rating system. Of course, this would put the commuters at risk from the ire of the drivers, but that’s a risk I’m willing to take rather than paying for a drive that might have killed me anyway.

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