Metro Ilocos Norte Council organized to provide public transport at night

March 5, 2015 11:38 am 

LAOAG CITY, Ilocos Norte, March 4 — In preparation for the influx of tourists this summer, the Metro Ilocos Norte Council (MINC) was organized to cater to night commuters in at least four key destinations in the province.

The improvement of the public transport system was an offshoot of Ilocos Norte Governor Imee Marcos’ State of the Province Address (SOPA) 2014 as she launched the Ilocos Norte 2020 vision to make the province the best little province in the country five years from now.

Part of this vision is to address the traveling woes faced mostly by tourists including students who want to travel at night but there are no available public utility jeepneys and buses after 8 o' clock in the evening.

In a three-page memorandum of agreement signed by Governor Marcos, Laoag City administrator Perry Martinez and the different transport organizations in the province, they agreed to introduce new routes or the provision of nigh express to serve passengers from 8 p.m. to 1 a.m. from Laoag City all the way to Pagudpud every Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

These routes are: Laoag-Batac-Paoay, Laoag-Dingras, Laoag-Bacarra and Laoag–Pagudpud, respectively.

Based on the agreement which will be on experimental basis from March 6 to August 31, 2015, standard fares will be collected from commuters and the central terminal will be at the Capitol west parking lot.

The transport groups will also guarantee the availability of trips per hour from 8 p.m. to 1 a.m. plying on the said new routes.

Since the agreement is just “experimental” in nature, Marcos has appealed to the public and those who may be affected by the proposed public transport system to understand the current situation and help instead the province to realize its vision to improve transportation services in key economic zones of Ilocos Norte. (PNA)

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