Dominion Bus Lines

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Dominion Bus Lines
Slogan “Dominion Bus Lines is a bus sent from heaven, guarded by angels”
Founded 1990
Headquarters Cubao, Quezon City, Philippines
Service area Ilocos Region, Philippines Flag of the Philippines.svg
Service type Provincial Operation
Fleet 120+ vehicles (Hino, Mitsubishi Fuso, Mercedes-Benz, Daewoo), King Long; International Harvester, Hino, Mitsubishi Fuso (Times Transit)
Operator MENCORP, INC.

Dominion Bus Lines is a bus transportation company in the Philippines. It operates a 24/7 service for passengers and freight (known as "waybill") between Metro Manila and northwest Luzon (the Ilocos corridor).

Dominion Bus Lines, Inc. at Dau Mabalacat, Pampanga Terminal
Dominion Bus, night portrait

History[edit]

The company was founded from its precursor,Times Transit Transportation Co., by Santiago Rondaris who inherited the earlier company from his parents Timoteo and Estelita Rondaris (hence, the name "TIMES"). Times was founded in the 1960s. The Rondarises also once operated the Shooting Star Freight Service alongside Times to answer the freight-moving needs of Ilocos Sur.

Times Transit mostly operated International Harvester Loadstar and some S-Series buses (and two Loadstar wreckers) with white, green and red livery with an illuminated logo on the roof, a few buses with a green and white paint scheme, with Superior Coach bodies built under license by Manila Motor Works. It was also known for its then-unique express buses, based on an International-Harvester bus platform and with Superior Coach bodies built under license by Manila Motor Works. They later supplanted their fleet with new air-conditioned buses, including some Hino buses with the then-new "Grandtheater" configuration—making them one of four bus companies operating in the North to field them (St. Joseph, Dagupan Bus, and Victory Liner being the other three), retaining the livery of the buses they supplanted. It had terminals along its route, from Laoag City in Ilocos Norte to Manila, and to Bangued, Abra and Baguio City; its terminal at the southern end of Quezon Avenue in its northern headquarters in Vigan is particularly well known for its unique style and its flashy sign, which was the first and, because of its unique design, only of its kind in the city.

A labor dispute between management and its employees union finally brought the company down in the 1990s. About a year later, MENCORP bought some of the company's assets (including its new air-conditioned Hino, Mitsubishi Fuso and Mercedes-Benz buses—including their Hino "Grandtheater" buses) and formed Dominion Bus Lines. As a result its route to Baguio was terminated, while all other routes by Times Transit were maintained. Its main terminal in Vigan is already half the size of its original dimensions, as part of the terminal is now leased to business establishments like a gasoline station and a private school; and, starting May 20, 2013, to Viron Transit.

Times' terminal, refueling stop, employees dormitory, and mini-garage in Bantay, Ilocos Sur, which is along the National Highway, formerly housed one of the most modern garages in the province. It now ceased operations and is currently occupied by food establishments (after its gasoline station ceased operations ten or so years after the company shut down). It still looks much like it was in its heyday, only without the gasoline pumps that served the buses. It is located across the street from where GMW Transit parks its buses in Vigan City.

HM Transport Inc. is a sister company of Dominion Bus Lines.

Recent Updates[edit]

Currently, Dominion Bus Lines utilizes Mercedes Benz, Mitsubishi Fuso, and Hino buses - some of which are repowered with a new engine, mostly by Cummins Power Engine (former assets of Times), with a supplanting of King Long buses.

The principal provincial terminals are at Laoag City (Ilocos Norte), Vigan City (Ilocos Sur), Bangued (Abra), and San Fernando (La Union).

Recently, Dominion Bus Lines acquired Higer, Yutong and Daewoo Units (also to replace the five old buses won by the Times Employees' Union in a court case). They also began fielding "VIP Class" buses, with champagne-gold-colored livery with white lettering.

List of passenger terminals[edit]

See also[edit]