Both Jitney’s and Jeepney’s are a form of transportation called a share taxi which falls between both taxicabs and buses. These vehicles for hire are typically smaller than buses and usually take passengers on a fixed or semi-fixed route without timetables, but instead departing when all seats are filled.They may stop anywhere to pick up or drop off passengers. Often found in developing countries,the vehicles used as share taxis range from four-seat cars to minibuses http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Share_taxi
Even though I am back in the states now, I am always looking at the photos that I took in Manila and only dreaming that sometime within the next two years I will be able to return.
The photos above were taken from my hotel room in Ermita. A few blocks from Roxas Blvd and a few blocks from Makati.
One of the things that I would do different next time is to rely less on TAXi’s as they can be very expensive on ones budget. Next time I will rely more on Public Transportation. The Jeepneys and the Elevated Train System.
My next trip I will bring a TABLET PC with me so I can blog everyday while I am there!
When it comes to the Jeepney in the Philippines..it is BASIC, CHEAP Transportation in the larger cities, and there are RURAL Jeepneys that take you from town to town in the rural areas. A Jeepney runs between 8.5 and 20 pesos in Manila…depending on your destination. The good thing about the JEEPNEY in that there is ALWAYS room for one more! When it fills up inside they can hang onto the luggage racks on the roof! 😀
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I want to thank my landlords Rose and Sonny for letting me stay at their boarding house on Natividad Ave in Santa Cruz, Manila. I learned a lot about Manila during my stay there and I learned how to take MASS TRANSIT. I took Jeepneys (Jeeps built into a small bus), Tricycles (motorcycles with side car), elevated trains (MRT/LRT) as well as the occasional Calesa in Intramuros! I got to see first hand the markets in Santa Cruz and the vendors selling all types of electronics! I wish I would have had more time to stay and perhaps, mor importantly, more money!
There are several ways to get around Metro manila. Taxis can be very expensive, while MASS TRANSPORTATION is relatively cheap. The elevated trains LRT & MRT are usually 10p to 15p depending on how far you are going.
Rizal Avenue in Santa Cruz, Manila, Philippines. I stayed a few blocks from there last year. The elevated train (LRT) passes overhead on Rizal Avenue. There are always many people and many Jeepneys on Rizal Avenue at all times of the day and night!