LTFRB allows 440 provincial buses to operate in 5 routes on Christmas eve

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, December 24)— The Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board said it is opening five routes for 440 provincial buses starting December 24.

The following routes are:

• Baguio City – Mariveles, Bataan

• Baguio City – Olongapo, Zambales

• North Luzon Expressway (NLEX) – Baguio City

• North Luzon Expressway (NLEX) – Laoag City, Ilocos Norte

• North Luzon Expressway (NLEX) – Pagudpud, Ilocos Norte

In a statement on Tuesday, the LTFRB stressed there would be no fare hike for provincial bus units. The agency also reminded commuters to strictly abide by the government's health and safety protocols for COVID-19.

Earlier this month, the Inter-Agency Task Force gave the green light for "point-to-point" provincial buses to resume operations, subject to LTFRB guidelines.