One of the main reasons of the proliferation of tricabs or “bao-bao” in the eastern part of Cagayan de Oro City is the fact that Bugo jeeps tend to “alley” or what local say “alas-puno” in Bugo and Puerto.
In most cases, many commuters in the Agusan, Tablon and Baloy areas experience the “lack of jeepneys” as most that pass are already packed. This is a 5-kilometer stretch of populated areas in the city. Also, many commuters also state that Bugo jeepney drivers prefer long distances and get annoyed if passengers alight in short distances because accordingly, stopping more often consumes more fuel. Because of this, many prefer to ride tricabs or bao-bao which has been increasingly popular in recent years.
Photos below courtesy of Cagayan de Oro Campaigners for Road Courtesy and Discipline show jeepneys “alleying” near Puerto flyover. Waiting time takes as much as a short 5 minutes to a long 15 minutes. Most of the time, jeepneys only depart when filled so those who are in a rush will ride tricabs instead because they leave immediately and can drop you off anywhere.
The problem is that tricabs don’t have franchises. Moreover, there is no alternative road so they pass along the highway which is riskier because of presence of larger and faster vehicles.