Metro Cebu Jeepney Transport Network Map

Jeepneys are the most popular and cheapest means of transportation in the Philippines. It is also considered as a pop icon in Philippine culture. In Cebu, Jeepneys has a coding system of letters and numbers which is uniquely in the metro. I’ve visited many places in the Philippines and I have only found this coding system here in Cebu.

I stayed in Cebu for around 3 months and I was anxious to take jeepneys here for I’m not sure where these letters and numbers could take me. So, I decided to do some reasearch and make a map of jeepney routes in Cebu, inspired from the New York transit map design and Jug Cerovic’s transit network maps.

Project Type
  • Transport Network Map

 

Initiator

Self-initiated project

Technologies Used
  • Adobe Illustrator
  • QGIS

Closer View of the Map

Where is Metro Cebu?

Metro Cebu is the second largest metropolitan city in the Philippines and situated in Central Visayas Region. The metropolitan is composed of four component cities, Cebu City, Mandaue City, Lapulapu City and Talisay City. It is the center of trade and commerce in the Visayas region. It is also rich in cultural heritage with heritage sites that can be located around the metro. It is also popular among local and foreign tourist due to nearby beaches in Mactan Island.

Why Make The Map?

I’ve been staying in Cebu for a couple of months and I realized how life is way easier here compared to Manila. In Manila, public transport is more harsh and stressful than here in Cebu. Despite being a great livable metro, I have never seen a convenient reference map of jeepneys here in Cebu and even in other Philippine cities.

While there are online sites and communities with posted wordings of jeepney routes, its just hard to imagine those lines in the form of words without a visual representation of those routes. Where is it from? Where is it passing through? Where is it heading? Who would use a map when there’s Google maps anyway who would teach you how to get to your destination? Yes, apps are easier but apparently it cannot provide you a more accurate alternative route than a more traditional network map. Perhaps, transit network maps are pretty straightforward.

Using the Map

Basically, locals in Cebu only know where routes traverses through word of mouth only. This is their most obvious means of getting information about a jeepney route. It is important to understand a local’s system concept of their public transportation system. I designed the map using my own experience travelling the metro during my whole stay in Cebu.

Key Locations: Route Index

The Route Index below shows the simplest breakdown of the routes where commuters often travel to and from. A route is often composed of two endpoint routes and up to 3 via stops.

There are places in Cebu where locals and tourists often travel to. Most of the routes come from outside the city going towards the downtown Cebu City area. Other routes connect two places where people travel back and forth. Take a look at route 03Q where it just simply travel between SM and Ayala, where commuters visit very often.

Tourist Spots and Heritage Sites

Cebu boasts its unique heritage sites around the metro. Most of them are located in the city center and you can travel through any jeepneys going to the downtown area.

Mall is Life

Filipinos love visiting malls during their free time or after their office hours. Three of the biggest mall developers are situated in a single triangular area Ayala, SM and Robinsons in between Cebu CIty and Mandaue City. As you may notice wherever you may be from in Cebu, there is a designated route for each. That makes it easier for anyone to visit any mall.

Jeepney Stops and Terminals

Almost all malls like SM and Ayala have dedicated jeepney terminals that caters jeepney travelling almost towards every part of the metro.

Jeepney stops are allover Metro Cebu. They may not be very obvious but you can see them with signs having a jeepney symbol with a “STOP” text with it.

V-Hire Terminals

Van for Hire or V-Hires are vans travelling from the city going to outskirt municipalities of Cebu. They are available to provide you with a faster or a more convenient travel. Most V-Hire terminals can be located in malls and in downtown areas. Be aware that some terminals have been moved a couple of times into different locations.

North Bus and South Bus Terminals

North and South bus terminals accommodates buses going in and out of the metro. You must take these buses here if you plan to travel to the northern part of Cebu or to travel to Bantayan Islands or to southern part to see the whalesharks.

MYBus

MYBus is a privately owned bus transport service that traverses from Mactan-Cebu Airport going along the east coast of Cebu going as far down to Talisay City. It’s costs a bit higher than jeepneys but they are far more comfortable and convenient. You may need to purchase a prepaid card as a way to pay with their Tap-to-ride payment system.

Here’s a link to their Facebook page where they post regular updates about their routes and traffic conditions.

Pier Area

If you have plans to travel going to Bohol, Leyte or other islands in Southern Philippines, the Pier Area almost has all the ferry routes going to these locations. 01* and 02* jeepneys usually have routes going to this area.

Everything Cebu has a comprehensive guide and information on these ferry routes.

Design Process

Inspiration

Recently, I have been having great interest on subway and bus network map designs as well. TransitMap.net has been my great inspiration of great transport network designs. It features great transport network maps designs from the recent up to the historic ones. It also discusses great tutorials in designing usable and beautiful transport network maps. Jug Cerovic’s bus network maps have also inspired the creation of this jeepney network map.

Grid

Before I lay down creating the street guides, I started with a diagonal grid to serve as my guide in creating the street guides. Every street lines have been approximated to a 0-45-90 degree orientation to make them look organized and tidy.

Street Guides

The street guides guide all the colored routes. I used QGIS to help me assess where all the possible routes would pass through. If a street has at least a single route passing through it, it will be mapped out to the street guide.

Routing

This is I think the most strenuous process among all the steps I had. Routing all the lines were done manually in Adobe Illustrator. It probably took me about 10 days to complete all the routes. Despite the planning that I had, I still made some mistakes. What makes it even difficult is that the routes were meshed from and going to different places on the map.

Geographical Details

Bodies of water were then shaded to a color blue with white wavy lines. Mountainous areas and other unrouted areas were added with some shades and hatch.

Adding Other Details

Other nitty gritty details were added like the landmarks, symbols, jeepney stops, sankey diagrams and other supporting texts.

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References

  1. Open Street Map, openstreetmap.org
  2. Cebu Jeepney Routes Map, cebujeepneys.weebly.com
  3. Everything Cebu, everythingcebu.com/transportation/jeepney/
  4. Cebu Wanderlust, cebuwanderlust.com/guides-and-how-tos/cebu-jeepney-travel-routes-codes-and-numbers/
  5. Jug Cerovic’s Luxembourg Bus Transit Map, jugcerovic.com/maps/luxembourg-plan-bus/

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