Kanlaon Jeepney Terminal
Posted by BCS on September 20, 2008
This is the “jeepney terminal” on Kanlaon Street I mentioned in yesterday’s post.
This “terminal” is rather unique, but not for any physical qualities since it has none (as you can see in the picture). There’s no structure to talk about except for the waiting shed it has claimed as its shelter (plus an old wooden table) and the portion of the street that it has claimed as its garage. But for everyone’s information, especially for those who are not familiar with these things, this is rather typical for most, if not all so-called jeepney terminals.
The uniqueness I’m talking about comes from the way it’s being operated. And here’s how…
Before you get on the awaiting jeepney, you have to first approach the “cashier” (the person behind the table) and pay your fare. You will then be given a color-coded chopstick which will serve as your ticket. You then proceed to the awaiting jeepney and hand your chopstick to the “caller”/”barker” standing by it. Then and only then will you be allowed to climb on the jeepney.
However, the jeepney doesn’t leave unless it’s already full. So, depending on the time of day, you may have to sit there and wait for several minutes before the jeepney gets going.
By the way, the chopsticks being handed out have two colors, yellow and red… the significance of which (the colors that is) vary from time to time depending on the preference of the “cashier”. But basically, these colors are used by the people manning the terminal to determine how many people paid the discounted fare and how many paid the full fare.
Oh, I almost forgot, before the jeepney leaves, a certain amount of money (computed by the “cashier” based on the chopsticks collected) is handed over to the driver.