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More MRT3 trains but at 13% capacity when Metro Manila enters GCQ

May 31, 2020 - 6:45 PM

The Department of Transportation says the number of MRT3 train sets will be increased to 19 on Monday, June 1. But each train set will only be at 13% capacity due to physical distancing.

The MRT3 today conducted a test run on all the trains from North Avenue Station up to Taft Avenue Station, one day before the Metro Manila will be under the GCQ. The trains have markings for passengers where to sit and/or stand. May 31, 2020. Photos by Angie de Silva/Rappler

DOTr eyes faster MRT3 by 4th quarter of 2020

May 19, 2020 - 8:30 PM

If rail replacement activities are completed in September 2020, the Department of Transportation says the current 30 km/h speed of the MRT3 could be gradually increased to 60 km/h by December 2020

Workers offload new rails for the MRT-3 at the PITX staging area in Paranaque City on Friday, August 2, as part of the on-going rehabilitation of the dilapidated rails. Photo by Ben Nabong

DOTr urges LGUs: Develop more facilities to make biking safer

May 14, 2020 - 7:49 PM

The Department of Transportation tells local government units to craft ordinances that will encourage biking among their constituents

BICYCLES ENCOURAGED. Some local government units are adopting policies to make their areas more bike-friendly. File photo by Mau Victa/Rappler

LRT-1 releases safety guidelines for post-lockdown operations

May 09, 2020 - 1:37 PM

The Light Rail Manila Corporation releases guidelines for the resumption of operations during the coronavirus pandemic

PHYSICAL DISTANCING. The area in front of the ticket booth is marked to guide passengers to observe physical distancing. Photo from LRMC

Reconsider train ban on pregnant women, elderly – CHR

May 08, 2020 - 11:23 AM

(UPDATED) The ban on elderly persons and pregnant women from using the MRT, LRT, and PNR would take effect when enhanced community quarantine is lifted in Metro Manila

Members of Manila Police District led by District Director General Bernabe Balba give flowers to passengers of LRT Central Station in Arroceros, Manila to celebrate the Valentines Day on February 14, 2020. Photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

Tugade pushes for reopening of airports in GCQ areas

May 02, 2020 - 12:14 PM

'This will plant the seeds for domestic tourism. This should seriously be considered,' says Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade

Passengers crowd the NAIA Terminal 1 on March 19, 2020, after the announcement of the government lifting the ban on international flights flying in and out of the country. Photo by KD Madrilejos/Rappler

Former transportation undersecretary Primitivo Cal dies

Apr 08, 2020 - 5:41 PM

(UPDATED) Ex-Department of Transportation and Communications undersecretary Primitivo Cal dies at 76

IN MEMORIAM. Transportation expert Primitivo Cal dies at 76. Rappler screenshot

Google Maps now shows info on DOTr's free hospital shuttle services

Apr 06, 2020 - 4:13 PM

There are 19 existing routes within Metro Manila, and with lines from San Jose del Monte, Bulacan all the way to Cabuyao, Laguna

GOOGLE MAPS. The Google app now shows information on free shuttle services for health professionals. Image from Google


DOTr, 2GO to convert 2 passenger vessels into quarantine ships

Apr 05, 2020 - 6:00 PM

The Department of Transportation says the 2GO ships would be able to serve 1,500 patients

2GO. A vessel of shipping and logistics firm 2GO. Photo from 2GO website

Gov't eyes seizure of abandoned cargo at congested Manila port

Apr 01, 2020 - 6:55 PM

Overstaying cargo would be seized in favor of the government, under a proposed joint memorandum circular

CONGESTED. The Manila International Container Terminal has over 36,000 shipments at the port. Photo from DOTr

Why is 'Thank you coronavirus' trending on Twitter?

Mar 23, 2020 - 8:09 PM

The Department of Transportation takes down its post which thanks the coronavirus, apologizing to the public over the post that was supposed to 'provide an enlightening and awakening narrative into this pandemic'

Government to provide transpo to health workers, outbound OFWs

Mar 18, 2020 - 11:37 AM

Essential workers, or those who fall under the lockdown exemptions, have to secure special passes

LOCKDOWN. An empty EDSA from Estrella in Makati to Ortigas, Pasig on March 17, 2020 due to the suspension of public transportation under enhanced community quarantine. Stranded commuters have walk to head home. Photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

Gov't changes mind again: OFWs, balikbayans, foreigners can fly during lockdown

Mar 17, 2020 - 5:20 PM

(UPDATED) As of late Tuesday evening, March 17, the government is allowing OFWs, balikbayans, and foreigners to take international flights out of Luzon for the entire lockdown period

CORONAVIRUS. Passengers crowd the NAIA Terminal 3 in Pasay City on March 13, 2020, following President Duterte's announcement of a community quarantine on March 15 to prevent to prevent the spread of covid-19. Photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

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Mar 16, 2020 - 8:57 PM

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Driver's license exam to be translated into PH languages

Mar 03, 2020 - 8:01 PM

The Department of Transportation orders the Land Transportation Office to make sure its Driver's License Examination is available in English, Filipino, or the language most common in each region

Private emission testing centers will not be phased out – DOTr

Feb 05, 2020 - 8:03 PM

Around 18% of private emission testing centers nationwide, or 325 centers, have already been shut down, bringing fears of a phaseout

NO PHASEOUT. Motor vehicles may still get service from private emission testing centers, even with the privatization of the motor vehicle inspection system. Photo by Rob Reyes/Rappler

DOTr refutes MRT3 'suicide bomber' post, says it was security test

Jan 22, 2020 - 3:46 PM

The alleged 'suicide bomber' is only a man involved in a penetration test conducted by the Philippine National Police

PENETRATION TEST. The Department of Transportation refuted a photo claiming that a suicide bomber was present at the MRT3 Taft station, saying it was only part of a penetration test by the police. Photo from DOTr Facebook page

DOTr reviews concession deal after beep card issuance fee raise

Jan 03, 2020 - 3:48 PM

Pending review, the AFPI may be asked to return the original price for the beep cards or the operators for each train line may shoulder the increase

HIGHER ISSUANCE FEE. New stored value cards or beep cards now cost P30. File photo from LRTA spokesperson Hernando Cabrera's twitter

DOTr slammed for ‘distasteful' Miss Universe social media post

Dec 09, 2019 - 1:06 PM

(UPDATED) 'There’s nothing wrong with our post. We are just trying to draw humor,' says Department of Transportation Assistant Secretary for Communications Goddes Libiran

Entertainment City firms slam DOTr order to transfer flights

Dec 02, 2019 - 6:00 PM

City of Dreams Manila, Solaire, and Resorts World representatives say transferring flights to Sangley Airport will inconvenience their VIP guests

TRANSFERRING FLIGHTS? Entertainment City firms said that transferring their charter flights from NAIA to Sangley Airport would be 'unreasonable'. File photo by Noel Celis/AFP)

LOOK: Could this PUV be the new 'King of the Road'?

Nov 10, 2019 - 2:07 PM

(UPDATED) The model developed by Toyota Motor Philippines Inc. (TMPI) costs P998,000 per unit and is targeted to be released before the end of the year. But already, some netizens have given it a thumbs down.

MODERN HILUX. Toyota Motor Philippines Inc.  unveiled a Hilux Class 1 modern public utility vehicle manufactured for the DOTr's PUV modernization program. Photo from DOTr's FB page

Modern Toyota-made PUVs out before 2020 – Tugade

Nov 07, 2019 - 2:28 PM

(UPDATED) The vehicle, which will have a capacity of 12-13 passengers, and won't cost more than P1 million, says the transportation secretary

NEW MODEL. Transport Secretary Arthur Tugade announced that the agency has been working with Toyota to produce a new Class 1 modernized prototype. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

DOTr suspends LTO official in Bicol over corruption charges

Oct 23, 2019 - 6:57 PM

LTO Bicol chief for operations Mar Jose Magistrado has been placed under preventive suspension as the agency investigates the corruption allegations against him

SUSPENDED. LTO Bicol operations chief Mar Jose Magistrado has been suspended for 90 days as the transportation department investigations corruption charges against him. Photo from the LTO Bicol Facebook page

PUV modernization gets no budget in 2020: Who suffers?

Oct 07, 2019 - 8:32 AM

Among the scrapped programs is the Tsuper Iskolar initiative, which provides free skills training for displaced drivers and operators

NO SOCIAL SUPPORT. Drivers and operators will have a harder time during the modernization transition period, since the free skills training program installed for them is now unfunded. Photo by Mau Victa/Rappler  NO SOCIAL SUPPORT. Drivers and operators will have a harder time during the modernization transition period, since the free skills training program installed for the is now unfunded. Photo by Mau Victa/Rappler

‘Hodge-podge planning’: How DOTr mismanages PUV modernization program, according to senators

Oct 03, 2019 - 7:28 PM

Amid criticisms, DOTr Secretary Tugade says they are ready to dialogue, but will not consider canceling the program

HODGE-PODGE PLANNING. Senators criticized the slow progress of the PUV modernization program and the presumed lack of specific targets for the number and deadline for the rollout of modernized units. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

PUV modernization 97% behind target number of vehicles, DOTr admits

Oct 03, 2019 - 4:25 PM

Of the 85,000 modernized jeepneys needed by the end of the transition period in July 2020, only 2,595 are in operation

ONLY 3% DONE. Department of Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade says the agency is open to extending its transition for the PUV modernization program if needed. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Tugade hits transport strikers anew: 'Your franchises are a privilege, not a right'

Sep 26, 2019 - 9:56 PM

The transport secretary announces that 20 operators have had their certificates of public convenience canceled after joining the 2017 transport strike

ANOTHER THREAT. Piston is set to lead another transport strike on Monday, September 30, against the PUV Modernization Program. File photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

DOTr drops bid for emergency powers to deal with traffic

Sep 23, 2019 - 5:53 PM

Senator Grace Poe, chairperson of the Senate committee on public services, has said the DOTr uses the lack of emergency powers as an excuse for failing to do its job

NOT ENOUGH TIME. The Department of Transportation has been requesting for traffic emergency powers since 2016. File photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

DOTr, San Miguel ink construction deal for Manila International Airport

Sep 18, 2019 - 6:13 PM

Groundbreaking for the new airport is set for December

FREEDOM OF CHOICE. Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade and San Miguel Corporation President Ramon Ang sign the contract to build the Manila International Airport, which Tugade says will contribute to the public’s “freedom of choice” in traveling. Photo by Loreben Tuquero/Rappler

P63 billion right-of-way funds proposed in 2020 budget

Sep 15, 2019 - 1:25 PM

Deputy Speaker Johnny Pimentel calls on the DPWH and DOTr to be transparent on their multi-billion proposed allocations for right-of-way infrastructure projects

Poe-Tugade spat escalates: 'Underperforming' vs 'full of herself'

Sep 12, 2019 - 9:25 PM

The Department of Transportation speaks for its chief, saying Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade 'will not allow himself to be used as props for political theatrics'

ONGOING FEUD. The tension between Senator Grace Poe and Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade continues beyond the Senate session hall. Photos by Joel Liporada and Angie de Silva/Rappler

Poe: DOTr using lack of emergency powers as excuse for not doing job

Sep 10, 2019 - 5:18 PM

Poe says the existing laws sufficiently cover the fast-tracking of procurement and implementation of projects

NOT NECESSARY. Senator Grace Poe, along with other senators, do not see the need for emergency powers in addressing transport concerns such as procurement and project implementation. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

MRT resumes partial operations, repairs still ongoing

Sep 06, 2019 - 7:31 AM

(4th UPDATE) MRT-3 trips partially resume with northbound and southbound now running from the North Avenue Station to the Shaw Boulevard Station

POWER CUT. A power line is cut in the Guadalupe northbound station. Photo from DOTR MRT3 Facebook account

Railway projects get 98% of DOTr infra budget, but require P191B more

Sep 05, 2019 - 8:25 PM

Meanwhile, the road and maritime sectors have no approved infrastructure projects for 2020

RAILS, RAILS, RAILS. Department of Transportation Secretary defends his agency’s proposed budget, which allocated P106.7 billion for seven railway projects across the country. Photo from DOTr’s FB page

Gov’t sets P100 billion for railways in 2020

Aug 31, 2019 - 5:04 PM

In its proposed budget for next year, the DOTR expects to spend 5 times its P19.9 billion allocation for railways in 2019

DOTr-MRT3 blames previous maintenance provider for revenue losses

Aug 21, 2019 - 1:59 PM

Three years after taking over, MRT operators still blame the 'mismanagement' of previous administrators for its problems

YEARS OF MISMANAGEMENT. During its stint as maintenance provider of the MRT3, Busan Universal Rail, Inc. (BURI) failed to conduct general overhaul, upgrade the signaling system, and maintain railway tracks, among others. Photo by Darren Langit

Lipad Corporation takes over Clark airport operations

Aug 18, 2019 - 11:53 AM

Lipad Corporation CEO Bu Yong Chungunco says they are 'excited' to develop Clark International Airport as the region's premier hub

TURNOVER. Lipad Corporation Bi Yong Chungunco (5th from L) and DOTr Secretary Arthur Tugade (6th from R) during the turnover ceremony on August 16, 2019. Photo courtesy of DOTr

Tugade on MRT3 losses in 2018: 'Don't judge DOTr on isolated cases'

Aug 16, 2019 - 11:30 PM

Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade plans to put 3 Dalian MRT3 trains in operation by the end of the year

NOT JUST MRT3. Department of Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade defends losses in ridership and revenue of  MRT3 in 2018.  Tugade on MRT3 losses in 2018: 'Don't judge on isolated cases'

DOTr wants faster Antique Airport development

Aug 11, 2019 - 5:30 PM

The completion rate of the Antique Airport Development Project stands at 12%. It is supposed to be finished in June 2020.

Photo from DOTr

DOTr order permanently allows hatchbacks as TNVS

Jul 23, 2019 - 7:57 PM

Now part of public transport, hatchbacks and subcompact vehicles must seat at most 3 passengers, excluding the driver

HATCHBACK DRIVERS. Some deactivated transport network vehicles service (TNVS) driver partners of the ride-hailing app company, Grab Philippines, hold a protest caravan for the scheduled hearing of Grab with LTFRB officials on the agency's show-cause order regarding the deactivation of 8,000 Grab Drivers on June 11, 2019. File photo by Maria Tan/Rappler

DOTr orders LTFRB to allow hatchbacks as TNVS

Jul 18, 2019 - 5:31 PM

The Department of Transportation also wants hatchback units to be permanently classified for transport network vehicle services

Tugade wants Sangley Airport construction done by September 2019

Jun 26, 2019 - 5:35 PM

Once the Sangley Airport is ready for domestic flights, only Cebu Pacific would be immediately ready to operate at the Cavite gateway

SANGLEY AIRPORT. Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade arrives at Sangley Airport to inspect the gateway. Photo from DOTr

Deactivated Grab drivers ask LTFRB, DOTr for ‘understanding, compassion’

Jun 10, 2019 - 9:22 PM

Grab drivers list the reasons it’s difficult for them to secure the certificates of public convenience that the LTFRB requires

LOOK: PH Coast Guard dispatches vessels for Holy Week security

Apr 08, 2019 - 5:50 PM

The Philippine Coast Guard is on heightened alert status in preparation for Holy Week

Members of the Philippine Coastguard prepare for deployment to secure local and foreign tourists during the holy week. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Is Tugade blocking Go-Jek's entry into the Philippines because of Grab?

Mar 21, 2019 - 10:20 AM

(3rd UPDATE) Transportation Assistant Secretary Goddes Libiran says Secretary Arthur Tugade is 'not a micromanager'

DOTr: Payment to Sumitomo delayed, but MRT3 rehab on track

Mar 06, 2019 - 8:20 PM

The Japanese contractor shoulders the cost of needed parts in the meantime, because of the delayed signing into law of the Philippines' 2019 national budget

WAITING GAME. Commuters wait to board the MRT3. File photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Construction of Metro Manila Subway begins

Feb 27, 2019 - 10:45 AM

Once fully operational in 2025, the Philippines' first intercity underground railway will connect Mindanao Avenue in Quezon City to the Ninoy Aquino International Airport in Pasay City within 30 minutes

Photo from DOTr

Free rides from PITX to parts of Metro Manila starting February 14

Feb 09, 2019 - 7:43 PM

(UPDATED) The Department of Transportation officially launches free bus rides with PITX-Lawton-Baclaran and PITX-Monumento-EDSA-Baclaran routes

FREE RIDES. DOTr partners with Megawide Corporation Foundation Inc and Junior Chamber International Senate Philippines for the free bus rides from PITX to parts of Metro Manila. DOTr photo

DOTr borrows buses to provide free rides from MOA to PITX

Feb 04, 2019 - 10:17 PM

The buses are from the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority and the Philippine Coast Guard

FREE RIDES. There are free shuttle services from MOA to PITX. Photo from DOTr

On Cavite commuter woes, DOTr reiterates all PUVs need to pass PITX

Feb 02, 2019 - 5:37 PM

Caviteño commuters can expect more shuttle services to and from the Parañaque Integrated Terminal Exchange to aid in their travel

RESPONSE. The Department of Transportation responds to Cavite Governor Boying Remulla's proposal on addressing PITX woes. Tugade photo by Rappler, PITX photo by DOTr, Remulla's photo from his FB page