BACOOR, Cavite — The city government of Bacoor has launched a public utility vehicle (PUV) modernization project in coordination with a local transport cooperative.
Mayor Lani Mercado Revilla and Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) Region IV Director Col. Renwick Rutaquio led the turnover ceremony of the 15 units of modernized PUVs last February 15.
The HD50S Modern PUV Class 3 units were delivered by Hyundai Asia Resources Incorporated (HARI) through its Alabang dealership to the Magnificat Transport Cooperative, an organization that promotes safe, efficient, and sustainable public transport system.
The new vehicles are equipped with a roof-mounted air conditioning system, a Wi-Fi router, a GPS tracker, CCTV cameras, seven-inch monitor, and a speed limit warning buzzer. It has a spacious interior and it can carry 22 seated passengers.
To prevent physical contact and assure social distancing among passengers, the vehicles use an Auto Fare Collection System (AFCS) and they also come with individualized seating and plastic dividers.
According to HARI, they are eyeing to hand over the remaining first batch of modern coasters to the transport group within the year.
The modernized PUVs will be plying two routes along Molino Road and Bacoor Boulevard going to Parañaque Integrated Terminal Exchange (PITX) and back. The start of its operation, however, has yet to be announced.
Last December 15, Hyundai delivered the initial batch of 120 units of class 2 modern jeepneys to Gardenia Kapit-Bisig, a top multi-purpose cooperative in the city.