Vallacar Transit (VTI)

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Yanson Group of Bus Companies
Ceres Liner No5446.jpg
A Yanson FB4J bus unit of Ceres Liner, with body number 5446.
Slogan"First In Service * Foremost In Fleet Maintenance"
ParentYanson Group of Bus Companies
Founded1968
by Ricardo B. Yanson Sr.
HeadquartersBarangay Mansilingan, Bacolod City
Service areaVisayas, Zamboanga Peninsula, Metro Manila, Northern Mindanao & South Mindanao & other parts of Mindanao
Service typeLand Transport
Fleet4000 Bus units (Hino Motors, Kinglong, Nissan Diesel, Yutong)
OperatorLeo Rey V. Yanson
(President and CEO)
Websitehttp://vallacartransit.net/

Vallacar Transit Incorporated (VTI) is under the giant umbrella of the Yanson Group of Bus Companies (YGBC). The bus company is a family-owned and managed business that has grown from a lone 14-seater jeepney plying a single route called Ceres Liner, to a conglomerate of transportation companies with a combined number of operating units of 838 transport vehicles as of January 2010, operating and serving in the Visayas, as well as the Zamboanga Peninsula in Mindanao. The company pioneered inter-modal services between Negros and Cebu.

History[edit]

Yanson Group of Bus Companies[edit]

These are the subsidiary companies under the parent Yanson Group of Bus Companies (YGBC) as of 2016 making it one of the biggest bus conglomerates in Southeast Asia:

Subsidiaries and brands under the subsidiary
  • Vallacar Transit Incorporated
    • Ceres Liner
    • Ceres Tours
    • Sugbo Transit
    • Sugbo Tours
  • Rural Transit of Mindanao Incorporated
    • Rural Transit
    • Rural Tours
  • Bachelor Express Incorporated
    • Bachelor Express
    • Bachelor Tours
  • Southern Star Bus Transit Incorporated
    • Southern Star
  • Ceres Transport Incorporated
    • Ceres Transport
  • Gold Star Bus Transit Incorporated
    • Gold Star
  • Mindanao Star Bus Transport Incorporated
    • Island City Express
    • Mindanao Star

Vallacar Transit Incorporated[edit]

Started in 1968, Vallacar Transit Incorporated is the first subsidiary of the Yanson Group of Bus Companies. It started with Ceres Liner which is named after the founder's younger sister. By 1980, Ceres Liner was covering the whole province of Negros.

The company was founded in 1968 by Ricardo B. Yanson (died October 25, 2015) and his wife, Olivia Villaflores Yanson, beginning with the purchase of one jeepney unit. This effort ultimately became a jeepney-assembly business. In the early 1970s, the market was flooded with Ford Fieras; the couple decided to diversify into a small bus line which plied the Bacolod City-Valladolid-La Carlota route (hence, ValLaCar) and christened it as the Ceres Liner.[1]

The Ceres Liner grew and expanded through the years. Their service had reached from Negros to the Visayan provinces of Iloilo, Capiz, Aklan, Cebu, Bohol, Leyte and Samar, as well as Zamboanga del Norte and Zamboanga City in Mindanao.

In 2007, Ceres Liner's Iloilo base pioneered travel between Iloilo City and Metro Manila through the Western Nautical Highway. Proving to be profitable, Yanson Group expanded its Metro Manila operations and later established Ceres Transport in 2009.

In 2016, Ceres Liner bought around 70 bus franchises from D' Rough Riders Express. It then formed a new brand as Sugbo Transit which is named after the old name of Cebu, Sugbo. Currently, the said branding is under the management of Ceres Liner's Cebu Base.

Rural Transit of Mindanao Incorporated / Bachelor Express Incorporated[edit]

In 1981, the Yansons ventured to Mindanao. They bought out Fortune Express and Bachelor Express, both Cagayan de Oro-based bus companies in 1985, and formed Rural Transit of Mindanao. However, the formation of Rural Transit was divided from Bachelor Express when the former owners of Bachelor and Yanson Group agreed to retain the name Bachelor Express as one of the conditions of the contract of sale. Bachelor Express was then named as Bachelor Express Inc.

In 2005, they bought out Lilian Express Inc. and sister company Mary May Express, its fiercest business rival, and became the dominant transit company in the island of Mindanao. This expanded their operations to the whole Western Mindanao, making Rural Transit as the predominant transport operator in the Mindanao Region.

Ceres Transport Incorporated[edit]

In 2007, Ceres Liner's Iloilo base pioneered travel between Iloilo City and Metro Manila through the Western Nautical Highway. Proving to be profitable, Yanson Group expanded its Metro Manila operations and established Ceres Transport in 2009, being based in Batangas City. It enabled bus services encompassing Cubao, Batangas City, Mindoro, Aklan, Antique and Iloilo.

Southern Star Bus Transit Incorporated[edit]

In 2011, the conglomerate bought out St. Jude Transportation Company, a bus line based in Bohol, and renamed it Southern Star. Primarily, it was operated under the management of Vallacar Transit Incorporated. Later on, Southern Star formed its own subsidiary as Southern Star Bus Transit Incorporated.

Gold Star Bus Transit Incorporated[edit]

In 2012, Ceres Transport Inc., bought out a franchise of Gold Star Bus Company and allowed it to operate its Batangas-Cubao and Batangas-Alabang routes. Later on, Yanson Group decided to create on its own subsidiary as Gold Star Bus Transit Incorporated, making it apart from the Ceres Transport Inc.

Mindanao Star Bus Transport Incorporated[edit]

Mindanao Star started in January 2015 when Bachelor Express bought out Weena Express and sister company People's Transport Corporation. It then formed a new subsidiary as Mindanao Star Bus Transport Incorporated, making them apart from the management of Bachelor Express. It opened opportunity for Yanson Group to serve the Davao City - Cotabato City route, which they cannot penetrate for decades.

In October 2015 Mindanao Star bought Holiday Bus, the bus line of Davao Holiday Transport Services Inc., It made them to expand their operations for Davao City - General Santos City, and General Santos City - Koronadal City route.

VTI Brands[edit]

Ceres Liner was the first branding under Vallacar Transit Incorporated which was named after the youngest sister of the founder, Ricardo Yanson Sr. As their operations expanded, several brands are added with different functions and area of operations.

Brand Function / Description
Ceres Liner The bus brand for ordinary fare buses of Vallacar Transit Incorporated.
Ceres Tours The bus brand for air-conditioned buses of Vallacar Transit Incorporated.
Sugbo Transit A newly formed bus brand under Vallacar Transit Incorporated after the sellout of D'Rough Riders Express in Cebu City.
Sugbo Tours The bus brand for air-conditioned buses of Vallacar Transit Incorporated.
Vallacar Transit Incroporated - Transport Engineering and Bus Body Assembly Plant (VTI-TEBBAP) The coachbuilding division of Yanson Group of Bus Companies. Although the division serves for the whole YGBC Bus Companies, the management and supervision is under the name of Vallacar Transit Incorporated
Ceres Pasalubong A food stop for Vallacar Transit Incorporated and is found in all of their terminals. The management is under EY Group of Bus Companies, a sister company of Yanson Group.
Ceres–Negros A football team under Vallacar Transit Incorporated

Bases[edit]

A Ceres Tours while embarking passengers.

Their subsidiaries are sub-divided by bases. These are based on their area of their operation, and their base number shall be the prefix number for their bus fleets. Yanson Group started this practice in 2005 after they bought out Lilian Express Inc., and felt that re-organizing their company is needed.

There are four bases under Vallacar Transit Incorporated:

Prefix Base Address Subsidiary
5 Bacolod Masilingan, Bacolod City Ceres Liner
6 Iloilo Jaro, Iloilo City Ceres Liner
7 Dumaguete Calindagan, Dumaguete City Ceres Liner
8 Cebu Rizal Ave. Ext., Cebu City And Ouano Ave., Mandaue City Ceres Liner and Sugbo Transit

Destinations[edit]

Since the re-organization of Yanson Group of Bus Companies in 2005, Rural Transit of Mindanao is sub-divided into bases in which has different areas of service and destinations.

Bacolod Base[edit]

A fleet of Vallacar Transit Incorporated at Bacolod City, Negros Occidental
Ceres Tours 5046 heading to La Carlota, Negros Occidental

The Bacolod Base is located at Masilingan, Bacolod City with its terminal hub at Ceres Bus Liner North Terminal, Mandalagan, Bacolod City and at Bacolod City South Terminal, Luzuriaga St, Bacolod City. It is also the main base for Vallacar Transit Incorporated. The base is assigned as Base 5 of Yanson Group of Bus Companies. Their routes are from Bacolod City to the rest of the Negros Island Region, Cebu and Zamboanga City.


Cagayan de Oro Base (YACAPIN) Rural Transit Mindanao Incorporated.


Cagayan de Oro City - Kibawe Bukidnon

Cagayan de Oro City - Tacurong

Cagayan de Oro City - GenSan

Cagayan de Oro City - Valencia City Bukidnon

Cagayan de Oro City - Maramag Bukidnon

Cagayan de Oro City - Kadingilan

Cagayan de Oro City - Wao

Cagayan de Oro City - Banisilan

Cagayan de Oro City - Davao City (5 Stop & Non Stop)


Iloilo Base[edit]

Iloilo Base is located at Jaro, Iloilo City with three terminal hubs at the new Ceres Terminal, Brgy. Balantang, Jaro, Iloilo City, Iloilo - Antique Bus Terminal at San Pedro St, Molo, Iloilo City and Festive Walk Transport Terminal, Iloilo Business Park, Mandurriao, Iloilo City. The base is assigned as Base 6 of Yanson Group of Bus Companies. Their routes are from the cities of Iloilo and Roxas to the rest of Western Visayas.

NORTHERN LINES: From Ceres Terminal, Jaro, Iloilo City

CENTRAL LINES: via Passi City (From Ceres Terminal, Jaro, Iloilo City)

  • Iloilo City - Passi City & V.V.
  • Iloilo City - Calinog via Passi City & V.V.
  • Iloilo City - Roxas City via Passi City & V.V.
  • Iloilo City - Kalibo via Passi City & V.V.
  • Iloilo City - Caticlan via Kalibo & V.V.
  • Iloilo City - Buruanga via Kalibo & V.V.

CENTRAL LINES: From Festive Walk Transport Terminal, Iloilo Business Park, Mandurriao, Iloilo City

CENTRAL LINES: From Ungka Terminal, Pavia, Iloilo

  • Iloilo City - Roxas City via Calinog, Tapaz, Dumalag & V.V.
  • Iloilo City - Kalibo via Calinog, Tapaz, Jamindan & V.V.
  • Iloilo City - Jamindan via Calinog, Tapaz & V.V.
  • Iloilo City - Tapaz via Calinog & V.V.

ANTIQUE LINES: From San Pedro, Molo Terminal, Iloilo City

  • Iloilo City - Caticlan via San Jose De Buenavista & V.V.
  • Iloilo City - Kalibo via San Jose, Culasi, Pandan, Libertad & V.V.
  • Iloilo City - Culasi
  • Iloilo City - Pandan
  • Iloilo City - Libertad
  • Iloilo City - Bugasong
  • Iloilo City - San Jose via Tobias Fornier/Anini-y/Casay
  • Iloilo City - Dao via Anini-y

LOOP SERVICE: Plying Roxas City-Estancia & V.V.

  • Roxas City - Estancia & V.V.
  • Roxas City - Balasan via President Roxas, Pilar & V.V.

Dumaguete Base[edit]

Dumaguete Base is located at Calindagan Road, Dumaguete City with its own terminal hub at the same location. The base is assigned as Base 7 of Yanson Group of Bus Companies. Their routes are from Dumaguete City to the rest of the Negros Island Region, Cebu and Zamboanga City.

Cebu Base[edit]

Cebu Base is located at Rizal Ave. Ext., Cebu City and Ouano Ave., Mandaue City with two terminal hubs at Cebu North Bus Terminal at Subangdaku, Mandaue City and at Cebu South Bus Terminal at N. Bacalso Avenue of Cebu City. The base is assigned as Base 8 of Yanson Group of Bus Companies. Their routes are from Cebu City to the rest of Central Visayas, Eastern Visayas, Zamboanga del Norte and Zamboanga City.

NORTHERN LINES: From Cebu North Bus Terminal, Subangdaku, Mandaue City

SOUTHERN LINES: From Cebu South Bus Terminal, N. Bacalso Ave. Cebu City

CENTRAL-WESTERN LINES: From Cebu South Bus Terminal, N. Bacalso Ave. Cebu City

METRO CEBU LINES:

  • Carcar City - Danao City via Ayala Center Cebu/Cebu Business Park/Cebu IT Park
  • Cebu South Bus Terminal - MEPZ 1 via Fuente Osmeña/SM City Cebu/Cebu North Bus Terminal/Pacific Mall/Marina Mall/Airport Road
  • Cebu South Bus Terminal - Lapu-Lapu City via Cebu Business Park/Cebu IT Park/Parkmall/MEPZ 2/Marigondon
  • Cebu South Bus Terminal - Danao City via Cebu Business Park/Cebu IT Park/Parkmall

Fleet[edit]

Vallacar Transit Incorporated has several units from Chinese brand buses. Some of their fleets are also provided by their parent company's coach building division, Vallacar Transit Incorporated - Transport Engineering and Bus Body Assembly Plant (VTI-TEBBAP).

Airconditioned Units[edit]

  • Yanson ViKing ( 1st to 11th Gen)
  • Yanson Legacy
  • Yutong ZK6858H
  • Yutong ZK6127HA
  • Yutong ZK6127HYG
  • Yutong ZK6128HGE Low Entry
  • King Long XMQ6129Y5A
  • King Long XMQ6129Y5
  • King Long XMQ6129Y
  • King Long XMQ6871CY
  • King Long XMQ6125AY
  • King Long XMQ6128AYW
  • Kinglong XMQ6128AYWO
  • Kinglong XMQ6111CY
  • YUTONG ZK6127HYG

Ordinary Fare Units[edit]

  • Yanson Crius
  • Yanson Crius FF1J
  • Yanson FB4J

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