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After years of delay, DOTr begins adding Dalian trains to MRT3

Oct 27, 2018 - 3:43 PM

A new train with 3 train cars has been added to the MRT3 system, which is known for its frequent breakdowns

MRT3. DOTr-MRT-3, led by Undersecretary for Railways TJ Batan, TUV Rheinland, and representatives of the Joint ADB-Australia Aid Advisory Panel witness the completion of the weight-testing of Dalian trains in MRT Depot, Quezon City on April 19, 2018. File photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

7 hurt in MRT3 mishap

Sep 26, 2018 - 7:05 AM

(5th UPDATE) One MRT3 worker is seriously injured and may require surgery, says MRT3 management

STALLED. Operations for the Metro Rail Transit Line 3 were stalled early morning September 26, 2018. Photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

MRT3 clarifies viral post: Overtime fee charged only after 2 hours

Aug 24, 2018 - 4:33 PM

An overtime fee of P28 is being charged to commuters if they exceed the two-hour maximum stay policy of the Metro Rail Transit Line 3

OVERTIME. A commuter was charged an overtime fee by the MRT3 after staying more than 2 hours inside the platform. Post screengrab from Miriam Cabiles, MRT File photo

The week in photos: August 11-17, 2018

Aug 18, 2018 - 9:30 PM

This week's selection of photo highlights here and around the world

In this photo taken on August 11, 2018, Indian people watch a 'Wall of Death' show at a fair in the outskirts of Ajmer, in the Indian state of Rajasthan. / AFP PHOTO / HIMANSHU SHARMA

Vagrant shot in ankle by MRT3 guard

Aug 15, 2018 - 12:21 PM

(UPDATED) MRT3 guard Federico Bustamante shoots the man in the ankle after he refused to leave the rail tracks and reportedly started throwing rocks at security personnel and cars

SHOT IN THE ANKLE. MRT3 guards stand beside a naked vagrant who was shot in the ankle after he refused to leave the train  tracks and hurled rocks at personnel on August 15, 2018. The man was brought to a hospital for treatment. Photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

Right-of-way issues may delay MRT7 completion

Aug 08, 2018 - 7:00 PM

Transportation officials are appealing the 800% raise in zonal valuation of the 33-hectare lot intended for the Metro Rail Transit Line 7 depot

CONSTRUCTION. The Metro Rail Transit Line 7, currently being constructed, might be further delayed in completion due to issues. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

COA: China firm owes PH gov't P1.3B in damages over train contract

Jul 13, 2018 - 8:57 PM

The liquidated damages, however, exceed the 10% limit of the P3.76-billion contract under the law. The Commission on Audit says the DOTr should consider revoking its contract with Dalian.

AUDIT. Transportation officials and international partners witness the completion of the weight-testing of Dalian trains in MRT Depot, Quezon City on April 19, 2018 during the audit. File photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

Japan's Sumitomo set to return as MRT3 maintenance provider

Jul 04, 2018 - 7:37 PM

The Department of Transportation also says that audit report on the controversial Dalian trains is already out, but the decision whether these could be used or not depends on pending discussions with the Chinese company

BETTER OPERATIONS. Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade announced that Japanese company Sumitomo-MHI is set to be MRT3's maintenance provider this July 2018. Photo by Adrian Portugal/Rappler

Guadalupe-BGC Skytrain construction seen to start in 2018

May 28, 2018 - 1:20 PM

The Department of Transportation approves Infracorp Development Incorporated's proposed Skytrain monorail, which could be operational by early 2021

Door failure ends MRT's 28-day no-glitch streak

May 22, 2018 - 11:32 AM

After 28 straight days of no glitches for the Metro Rail Transit Line 3, a door failure on Tuesday, May 22, forces the railway system to unload passengers

UNLOADING. Passengers of MRT3 from North Ave. Station stops at Cubao Station on February 20, 2018. File photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Selection of new MRT3 maintenance provider moved to June

May 15, 2018 - 11:55 AM

It will take 31 months and P16.985 billion to restore the Metro Rail Transit Line 3, based on talks between the Department of Transportation and the Japan International Cooperation Agency

NEW SERVICE PROVIDER. MRT3 has been encountering numerous malfunctions in recent years due to substandard maintenance and underinvestment in system renewal requirements. Photo by JR Belardo/Rappler

Heavier traffic expected in parts of Quezon City due to MRT7 construction

Apr 29, 2018 - 8:35 PM

Motorists and commuters who pass through Regalado Highway, the Tandang Sora Avenue-Commonwealth Avenue intersection, and North Avenue will be affected

Heavy traffic in parts of QC expected starting April 30 – MMDA. The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) said motorists should expect heavy traffic in Quezon City with the closure of several roads due to the construction of the Metro Rail Transit 7 (MRT-7). One-way traffic would be implemented on Regalado, from Mindanao Avenue to Commonwealth Avenue, for the construction of a coping beam and starting on May 1, the contractors will start working on the construction of MRT-7 Tandang Sora station at the intersection of Commonwealth and Tandang Sora Avenue. Photo by DARREN LANGIT

Plan for new 'Hong Kong Town' in mainland China sparks backlash

Apr 25, 2018 - 7:24 PM

The MTR Corporation, which runs the Hong Kong's railway network and acts as a property developer, is exploring areas in southern China that could be used to build the outpost

People ride a train on Hong Kong's subway system on April 8, 2017.  Aaron Tam / AFP

Soldiers to get free MRT rides starting April 25

Apr 23, 2018 - 7:35 PM

Active military personnel should present their IDs to get free rides, under a one-year deal between the Armed Forces of the Philippines and the Department of Transportation

MRT, LRT ticketing machines now accept new peso coins

Apr 17, 2018 - 5:40 PM

Commuters can already use the newly designed P1, P5, and P10 coins at ticket vending machines of the MRT3, LRT1, and LRT2

NEW COINS. The ticketing vending machine at MRT3 and LRT Lines 1 and 2 now accepts the newly-issued BSP coins. File photo by Chrisee Dela Paz/Rappler

MRT3 delivers on its promise of more trains

Apr 06, 2018 - 8:57 PM

(UPDATED) The MRT3 is looking at increasing their target to 20 trains with a 4-car configuration. These can carry 720,000 passengers a day.

REHAB. The MRT3 maintenance transition team conduct rehabilitation works on the railway system. Photo courtesy of DOTr-MRT3

MRT3 operations director accuses GM Garcia of assaulting him

Apr 06, 2018 - 5:47 PM

(UPDATED) MRT3 Director for Operations Mike Capati says he was physically assaulted in front of DOTr Usec TJ Batan and representatives from Australia Aid and ADB

'ASSAULTED'. MRT Director for Operations Mike Capati (L) says he was assaulted by MRT General Manager Rodolfo Garcia (R) in front of DOTr Usec TJ Batan (C) and representatives from international agencies. File photo by Aika Rey/Rappler

Lax MRT3 record-keeping irks DOTr chief Tugade

Mar 29, 2018 - 4:47 PM

Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade says that without proper record keeping, a time could come where spare parts might run out

EXAMINING. Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade conducts an inspection of the MRT-3 spare parts warehouse on March 29. Photo from the DOtr

#ThewRap: Things you need to know, March 28, 2018

Mar 28, 2018 - 1:34 PM

Hello! Here's a roundup of news you need to know this Wednesday.

KIM'S FIRST TRIP ABROAD. This video grab taken from footage released by China Central Television (CCTV) on March 28, 2018 shows Chinese President Xi Jinping (R) and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un shaking hands during their meeting in Beijing on March 27, 2018. AFP PHOTO / CCTV

LOOK: MRT3 begins general maintenance of trains

Mar 28, 2018 - 11:35 AM

After the maintenance, the Department of Transportation targets 15 working trains for the commuting public, up from the current 13

DAY 1. MRT3 team kickstarts maintenance services on March 28, 2018. All photos courtesy of DOTr-MRT3

Ahead of maintenance, MRT3 has more trains but more breakdowns

Mar 23, 2018 - 8:40 PM

More trains are now available to the commuting public but it still suffers from more breakdown incidents on the same week

WAITING. Passengers of MRT3 from North Ave. Station stops at Cubao Station and patiently waits for another train. File photo by  Darren Langit/Rappler

MRT, LRT, and PNR schedules for Holy Week 2018

Mar 19, 2018 - 1:40 PM

Here are the operating hours of trains during the observance of Holy Week this year

Now 11 trains: MRT3 inches to 300,000 riders daily

Mar 16, 2018 - 9:25 PM

A week after MRT3 fields 10 trains, the MRT3 management deploys one train more than its target. It has been two months since there were more than 10 MRT3 trains working

MORE TRAINS. The MRT3 surpasses its target of 10 trains. Photo by Aika Rey/Rappler

Aguirre: No proof of human intervention in MRT3 train detachment

Mar 13, 2018 - 3:20 PM

Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II says the detachment of a train coach in November 2017 was 'purely accidental'

HQ. NBI, PNP, and AFP holds a press conference at the NBI Headquarters on March 12, 2018. Photo by Rambo Talabong/Rappler

After a month, MRT3 finally deploys 10 trains

Mar 09, 2018 - 9:49 PM

After a month wait, the MRT3 management is finally able to deploy 10 trains for the commuting public

PREPARED. MRT3 trains are being prepared at the depot before it is deployed to North Avenue Station. Photo by Aika Rey/Rappler

[Right of Way] Taking the MRT during rush hour

Mar 09, 2018 - 4:28 PM

Vince takes the MRT during rush hour – and lives to tell the tale

Tax evasion complaint vs Rappler, Sereno impeachment, De Castro calls out Sereno | Evening wRap

Mar 08, 2018 - 9:53 PM

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First in 2018: No MRT3 breakdown in 9 days

Mar 02, 2018 - 8:04 PM

Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade attributes this 'luck' to the availability of spare parts delivered mid-February. Still, there are only 8 functioning trains.

WAITING. An MRT3 train stops at Araneta-Cubao Station for almost an hour early morning on Tuesday, February 20, 2018. File Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

SC en banc on Sereno, Rappler on Roque, DOTr on MRT3 | Evening wRap

Mar 01, 2018 - 8:08 PM

Watch Rappler’s evening newscast with Chay Hofileña

Regalado Highway in Quezon City to be partially closed for 5 hours

Feb 26, 2018 - 1:40 PM

A portion of the highway will be closed beginning 11 pm on Monday, February 26, until 4 am on Tuesday, February 27, due to construction of the MRT7

ROAD CONGESTION. Construction of the Metro Rail Transit Line 7 (MRT7) brings heavy traffic. Rappler file photo

New low: Zero trains, power failure for 230,000 MRT3 riders

Feb 23, 2018 - 9:22 PM

From 8 working trains the week before, the week of February 19 opens without a train running at 5:30 am

LONGER LINES. MRT3 passengers wait for almost two hours before operations opened on February 19, 2018. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Expert says Dalian trains 'not overweight' for MRT3 tracks

Feb 20, 2018 - 8:15 PM

The unused trains for the Metro Rail Transit Line 3 are brought up as the Senate resumes its probe into the status of the glitch-plagued railway system

NOT OVERWEIGHT. Rolf Bieri, former MRT3 maintenance contractor, said that the Dalian trains are within the allowed limit of train tracks in a Senate Hearing on February 20, 2018. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Duterte bans Rappler in Malacañang, Duterte on PH-China, MRT3 glitch | Evening wRap

Feb 20, 2018 - 7:28 PM

Watch the evening newscast with Marguerite de Leon

Go on frigate deal, 2 MRT3 glitches on Monday, BIR on Sereno | Evening wRap

Feb 19, 2018 - 7:42 PM

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Power glitches affect MRT3 ops twice in one day

Feb 19, 2018 - 8:16 AM

(UPDATED) The MRT3 starts operations nearly 1 1/2 hours late, and later implements provisional service between Shaw to Taft Avenue stations, due to power failures

LONG LINES. Hundreds of MRT3 passengers stranded at the North Avenue station in EDSA, Quezon City on Monday, February 19, 2018, after a delay of operation by almost two hours due to line power supply failure. Photo by DARREN LANGIT

Down to 8 trains: How the MRT3 packs 260,000 commuters daily

Feb 16, 2018 - 9:28 PM

Working trains are now down to 8. When the unthinkable happens, 260,000 commuters pack themselves into 6 or 7 trains daily

LINE UP. Hundreds of commuters wait before embarking the MRT3 train at Taft Avenue Station. Photo by Aika Rey/Rappler

Portion of spare parts for MRT3 rehab arrives

Feb 13, 2018 - 4:32 PM

The spare parts delivered on Tuesday will address electrical, mechanical, and signalling problems of the train system

SUB-COMPONENTS. Spare parts for worn-out train sub-components have been delivered, the MRT3 management announced. Photo courtesy of the MRT3 management

MRT3 suffers almost daily breakdowns since start of 2018

Feb 09, 2018 - 6:17 PM

A total of 33 incidents has been recorded from January 1 to February 9

LONG LINES. People line for hours to be able to alight the Metro Rail Transit Line 3 at the North Avenue Station. File Photo by Aika Rey/Rappler

CA reaffirms Ombudsman order against ex-MRT chief Vitangcol

Feb 04, 2018 - 4:45 PM

The Court of Appeals says Al Vitangcol III, who is accused of extortion, did not raise new arguments in his petition

EMBATTLED. Former MRTA chief Al Vitangcol faces several cases over an alleged extortion attempt on a Czech company. File photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

EXPLAINER: Not all projects are eligible for a Swiss challenge

Jan 30, 2018 - 7:36 PM

The Philippine president prefers a Swiss challenge for government projects, but the law says not all deals are eligible for that mode of implementation

SWISS CHALLENGE. Swiss challenge is when the government invites private groups to make competing offers, while giving the original proponent the right to match them. File photo

DOTr apologizes for MRT3 train smoke incident

Jan 27, 2018 - 10:42 PM

'Fault analysis is ongoing, and in the interest of accuracy and transparency, DOTr has directed MRT-3 Management to release to the public their technical findings at the soonest possible time,' the department says

DOTR APOLOGIZES. The Department of Transportation (DOTr) apologizes for Friday's incident at the MRT3 line. Screenshots from @iamludo and @tamomond/Twitter

The week in photos: January 20-26, 2018

Jan 27, 2018 - 3:20 PM

This week's selection of photo highlights here and around the world

Italy's Valentina Marchei and Ondrej Hotarek perform during the Gala Exhibition at the ISU European Figure Skating Championships in Moscow on January 21, 2018. / AFP PHOTO / Yuri KADOBNOV

MRT emits smoke – again

Jan 26, 2018 - 4:04 PM

The Department of Transportation has recorded 25 glitches and other service interruptions on the EDSA line since 2018 started

New German consultant tapped to assess 48 unused MRT3 cars

Jan 11, 2018 - 2:35 PM

If the 48 light rail vehicles are cleared to run, the Metro Rail Transit Line 3 can operate 20 trains, with 4 cars each

NEW CONSULTANT. An MRT3 prototype train car being inspected on September 8, 2015. Photo by Ben Nabong / Rappler

Drilon on Charter Change, Bongbong Marcos on 2019 elections, Veloso’s birthday message | Evening wRap

Jan 10, 2018 - 7:52 PM

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DOTr promises better MRT3 services by 2nd quarter of 2018

Jan 10, 2018 - 2:39 PM

The MRT3 management says there will be no increase in fares due to the tax reform law until the railway system's services have been improved

BRIEFING. The DOTr holds a press briefing on the status of the Metro Rail Transit Line 3 on January 10. Photo by Aika Rey/Rappler

On last day of 2017, MRT3 unloads passengers due to glitch

Dec 31, 2017 - 12:02 PM

A 'signaling problem' disrupts MRT3 operations on the last morning of the year

FREQUENT BREAKDOWNS The railway system suffered 517 glitches from January 1 to December 26, 2017 – an average of 10 breakdowns a week. Photo from the Metrostar Express website

DOTr expects new MRT3 maintenance provider by May 2018

Dec 30, 2017 - 5:26 PM

The Japan government – the Philippine government's ODA partner for Metro Rail Transit Line 3 (MRT3) – has promised to help mobilize a new maintenance provider by May next year

NEW SERVICE PROVIDER. MRT3 has been encountering numerous malfunctions in recent years due to substandard maintenance and underinvestment in system renewal requirements. Photo by JR Belardo/Rappler

[WATCH] 20 stories in 2017: War, impunity, and disinformation

Dec 29, 2017 - 9:37 PM

The war on drugs, the Marawi siege, the ASEAN Summit, and global disinformation gripped the nation this year. Rappler’s yearender video takes you through 20 of 2017's top stories

Surviving MRT3: Worst train fails in 2017

Dec 28, 2017 - 9:04 AM

(UPDATED) Rappler looks back on some of the worst incidents that happened on MRT3 in 2017