Originally Posted by schnutzy
thats pretty cool, but imagine how sick it would be to have one in the states, cruising around washington dc, or some other big city as a tour bus.
They run some smokey diesels in those things, a good reason to get your burning eyes the heck out of Manila, cities in the US would be in for a surprise
Hard on tall Americans also, I'm 5' 11" and have to really bend over to walk in the aisle. When both benches are full they start passing out little 2-leg stools, 2 Filipinos can fit back to back on each stool in the aisle. When the aisle is full there are lots of places on the outside to cling to if you are physically able. Check out picture of full Jeepney.
We usually took the Jeepneys to Tacloban City, about 25 kilometers. Cost is 14 pesos or about 25 cents US. They have to keep them on the road all day and some drive the night shift.
The next most popular public trans is the Philippine tricycle. It is a locally made side car attached to a 155cc Honda with 5 shocks on the back, geared down to about 40 mph max. See the guy waving, very friendly people. The side view tricycle belonged to my wife Jovy, we had 9 people on that one once!
Picture of motorbike shows 6 people on that one.
The slowest public trans vehicals are the pedicabs, had to include a shot of those also. I'm told the pedicab driver aspires to earn 100 pesos a day, $2 our money.