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MRT3 maintenance provider files graft complaint vs DOTr's Chavez

Sep 20, 2017 - 7:05 PM

But Transportation Undersecretary Cesar Chavez defends the non-payment of fees to Busan Universal Rail Incorporated, saying he is only being careful with government funds

NON-PAYMENT. Busan officials Corporate Secretary Charles Mercado (center) and lawyer Redentor Roque (right) file a graft complaint against Transport Undersecretary Cesar Chavez for non-payment of fees over the maintenance of MRT3. Photo by Lian Buan/Rappler

#ThewRap: Things you need to know, September 20, 2017

Sep 20, 2017 - 11:25 AM

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

People remove debris of a building which collapsed after a quake rattled Mexico City on September 19, 2017. A powerful earthquake shook Mexico City on Tuesday, causing panic among the megalopolis' 20 million inhabitants on the 32nd anniversary of a devastating 1985 quake. The US Geological Survey put the quake's magnitude at 7.1 while Mexico's Seismological Institute said it measured 6.8 on its scale. The institute said the quake's epicenter was seven kilometers west of Chiautla de Tapia, in the neighboring state of Puebla.  / AFP PHOTO / Alfredo ESTRELLA

After a decade, construction of MRT-LRT Common Station to begin in September

Sep 19, 2017 - 9:10 PM

The coveted project has seen 3 transportation secretaries come and go. Finally, the construction will start on September 29.

Pangilinan-Ayala group poised to bag MRT3 original proponent status

Sep 18, 2017 - 7:00 PM

Other private groups will be able to submit competing offers under a Swiss challenge, while the original proponent, the Pangilinan-Ayala group, would be given the right to match them

HURDLES. Once the Pangilinan-Ayala group is given the original proponent status and hurdled the Swiss challenge, it expects to take over the operations, maintenance, and rehabilitation of MRT3 by early 2018. Photo by Martin San Diego/Rappler

MRT operations temporarily stopped after seat catches fire

Sep 18, 2017 - 1:46 PM

No one is injured in the incident, which occurred early Monday, September 18, as the train was pulling into the Santolan-Annapolis Station

FIRE. A seat inside the Metro Rail Transit Line 3 catches fire on September 18, 2017. Photo from Department of Transportation

DBP open to unload MRT3 interests

Sep 12, 2017 - 3:15 PM

A new owner and operator for Metro Rail Transit Line 3 MRT3 is in the books of the Philippine government This is to give the railway proper upgrade and maintenance

COMMUTERS' ORDEAL. During rush hour, MRT3 passengers endure long lines and jampacked trains. Rappler file photo

Pangilinan-Ayala group eyes MRT3 takeover by early 2018

Aug 31, 2017 - 8:25 PM

The group hopes to operate maintain and rehabilitate the Metro Rail Transit Line 3 for 32 years Will its unsolicited proposal be approved?

NEW OPERATOR SOON? MRT3 is currently being maintained by Korean-Filipino firm Busan Universal Rail Incorporated (BURI), while the system's rail replacement is being handled by the government. MRT Corporation owns the system. Photo from the Metrostar Express website

Busan Universal Rail calls DOTr's move to end contract 'unfair'

Aug 28, 2017 - 9:35 PM

The Korean Filipino maintenance service provider says it should not be blamed for every MRT3 glitch but transportation official Cesar Chavez says most train issues are due to poor maintenance

'UNFAIR.' The Depertment of Transportation is set to terminate the contract with Busan Universal Rail Incorporated (BURI) for the rising number of train service interruptions. BURI calls this move 'unfair.' Rappler graphic by Nico Villarete

Manny Pangilinan's group mulls buying out MRT3 owners

Aug 23, 2017 - 3:10 PM

Metro Pacific has an option to acquire a 48 stake in MRTC after signing cooperation agreements with various groups that hold rights and interests The conglomerate has yet to exercise this option

BUYOUT? 'The tentative cost of rehabilitating the system is about P12.5 billion, but there’ll be further cash out to take out certain of the shareholders of MRT, including the government,' Manny Pangilinan of Metro Pacific says. Photo by Martin San Diego/Rappler

Heavier Commonwealth traffic seen as MRT7 construction progresses

Aug 13, 2017 - 5:10 PM

A task force announces developments in the construction of the MRT7 s University Avenue and Manggahan stations in Quezon City which would affect the flow of traffic

Bumper-to-bumper traffic is seen in front of the Iglesia ni Cristo Church along Commonwealth Avenue in Quezon City on Tuesday. A portion of the thorough fare from Sandiganbayan to Litex is closed for the whole day due to a medical mission by the INC. Photo by: JOEL LIPORADA

Ayala to join Metro Pacific in MRT3 rehab proposal

Aug 11, 2017 - 5:15 PM

The two conglomerates are also partners in the operations maintenance and upgrade of LRT1

Dear politicians, we’ve documented our commute so you don’t have to

Jul 23, 2017 - 3:07 PM

We need solutions for our transportation woes and we need them fast

DAILY COMMUTE. The authors document their commute to work for politicians to see. Photo by Don Kevin Hapal

#FridayFeels: Nag-book ka ngunit kulang

Jul 21, 2017 - 9:00 AM

What would Waze tell you when driving around Metro Manila?

MRT3 maintenance provider Busan claims fewer glitches since takeover

Jul 11, 2017 - 8:25 PM

Busan says it was able to reduce the number of system glitches to 2 701 in 2016 from 2 776 in 2015

REPAIR WORK. Sectional rail replacement (pre-welding) activity between Taft & Magallanes Stations of the MRT3 on February 24, 2015. File photo

DOTr: MRT back to normal on June 16 after safety check

Jun 15, 2017 - 10:30 PM

An abnormal noise heard by a train driver prompts an inspection and leads to fewer and slower trains operating from June 14 to 15

LONG LINES. People line for hours to be able  to alight the Metro Rail Transit Line 3 at the North Avenue Station Thursday, June 15. Photo by Aika Rey/Rappler

Groups of Ramon Ang, MVP set sights on MRT3 upgrade

Jun 05, 2017 - 7:40 AM

It was in 1999 when MRT3 was opened to decongest EDSA Now EDSA remains congested

Poe to invite Roxas to next Senate hearing on MRT3 mess

May 23, 2017 - 6:35 PM

Senator Grace Poe says her former election rival has some explaining to do on the questionable contract with a maintenance provider under his term as transportation chief

GHOSTS OF THE MRT3. Senator Grace Poe says the MRT3 mess started under the term of former transportation secretary Manuel Roxas II.

DOTr eyes MRT3 buyout under Duterte admin

May 23, 2017 - 1:15 PM

The Department of Transportation is also eyeing an executive order to transfer the MRT3 under the regulation of the Light Rail Transit Authority

BELEAGUERED. Troubles in the beleaguered Metro Rail Transit line 3, from rifts between government and private sector to recurring technical glitches, have been passed to thousands of commuters who are waiting for its much-needed upgrades. File photo by Rappler

#FridayFeels: Forever MRT

May 05, 2017 - 9:00 AM

It s agony every morning as people take the MRT with endless lines that require tons of patience When will this ordeal be over?

Ayala, SM taipans finally at ease over MRT-LRT common station

Apr 29, 2017 - 10:02 PM

At a recent government forum Jaime Zobel De Ayala and Teresita Sy Coson share a light hearted moment over the common station that their firms argued over for nearly 8 years

Partial road closures due to MRT7 construction starting April 17

Apr 08, 2017 - 12:06 PM

Regalado Highway will be partially closed from Bristol Street to Commonwealth Avenue from April 17 to June 16 for Phase 1 of the construction

LRT, MRT, PNR schedules: Holy Week 2017

Apr 07, 2017 - 9:25 AM

LRT 1 and 2 MRT 3 and PNR will undergo maintenance works from Maundy Thursday to Easter Sunday

File LRT image from Shutterstock; MRT photo by Jay Directo/Agence France-Presse

Deferred: Road closures in Quezon City due to MRT7 construction

Apr 02, 2017 - 7:00 PM

UPDATED The road closures will not start on April 4 as originally scheduled according to the project s Traffic Task Force

Alvarez grills DOTr over ‘ambitious’ MRT-LRT common station

Mar 15, 2017 - 3:26 PM

A visibly peeved Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez tells DOTr officials they must pay for the penalties out of their own pockets should they fail to complete the common station by 2019

GRILLING DOTR. Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez attends the hearing of the committee on transportation, which is chaired by Catanduanes Representative Cesar Sarmiento. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

Presiden Jokowi pastikan MRT Jakarta beroperasi 2019

Feb 23, 2017 - 2:37 PM

Masalah pembiayaan sampai saat ini belum ada keluhan

Senators convinced 'best' location achieved for MRT-LRT common station

Feb 13, 2017 - 7:00 PM

But the Senate committee wants someone to be held liable for the P200 million naming rights contract of SM Prime which caused the almost 8 year delay of the project

PROBE INTO COMMON STATION. Senator Grace Poe, chair of the Committee on Public Services on Monday, February 13, 2017, leads probe into the MRT-LRT Common Station deal. Senators JV Ejercito and Sherwin Gatchalian also attended the hearing. PRIB Photo by Cesar Tomambo.

Alvarez grills DOTr officials during hearing on MRT-LRT common station

Jan 25, 2017 - 6:35 PM

UPDATED Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez says he prefers the original plan for the common station conceptualized in 2009

GRILLING. House leaders questioned the P2.8 billion memorandum of agreement between the DOTr and private firms for the development of the MRT-LRT common station. Photo by Patty Pasion/Rappler

Vitangcol eyes charges vs DOTr execs over MRT-LRT common station

Jan 19, 2017 - 6:51 PM

Former MRT3 chief Al Vitangcol III claims transportation officials violated the procurement law when they allowed a compromise deal on the common station

TURNING AGAINST DOTR. While answering to his multiple graft charges before Sandiganbayan, dismissed MRT3 General Manager Al Vitangcol wants to sue officials of the DOTr over alleged violations of the procurement laws. File photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Alvarez: P2.8-billion MRT-LRT common station too expensive

Jan 19, 2017 - 4:45 PM

Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez says the House of Representatives will review the project to check its cost and find out if it is for the convenience of passengers

COMMON STATION. Proposed design of the station that will link the three rail transits in Metro Manila. Image from the Department of Transportation

Commercial operations for MRT-LRT Common Station eyed in April 2019

Jan 18, 2017 - 2:50 PM

Rarely seen together the country s top businessmen come to agree on the final location of the Metro Rail Transit MRT Light Rail Transit LRT Common Station project

ENDING DEADLOCK. The country's top honchos, Manuel V. Pangilinan, Ramon S. Ang, Hans Sy, and Jaime Augusto Zobel de Ayala, come together to sign a Memorandum of Agreement ending the squabble on the MRT-LRT Common Station deal, Wednesday, January 18, at the Dusit Hotel in Makati City. Photo by Martin San Diego/Rappler

LOOK: Proposed design of MRT-LRT common station

Jan 18, 2017 - 1:20 PM

It is a P2 8 billion 13 700 square meter project that will connect the LRT1 MRT3 and MRT7

Photo by DOTr

MRT-3 installs 27 new elevators

Dec 23, 2016 - 12:46 PM

In anticipation of the Christmas rush MRT 3 is extending peak hour operations on Friday December 23

MRT-LRT common station to be done in 2.5 years – DOTr

Dec 22, 2016 - 9:40 PM

Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade says the signing of the compromise agreement on the common station is expected before 2016 ends

HAMPERING MASS TRANSIT. The stay order on the transfer of the site of the common station is barring the construction of the MRT7 and design work for the common station project that has been bundled with the LRT1 Cavite Extension project. SM North City EDSA and TriNoma photos from Ramon F. Velasquez

MRT3's Busan expects 800k passengers daily by 2017

Dec 14, 2016 - 6:17 PM

The joint venture that maintains the MRT says restoration works have increased to 22 the number of trains in operation as of end November

NEW TRAIN SET. The DOTr received two new coaches from Dalian, China, on February 19, 2016, allowing it to complete assembly this weekend. Photo from DOTr

2016 Christmas schedules for LRT, MRT, PNR

Dec 05, 2016 - 1:30 PM

2nd UPDATE Here s a list of operating hours of public train systems in December

Sakay.ph's new app shows MRT congestion levels

Nov 27, 2016 - 6:20 PM

Traincheck gives commuters info on how crowded the train stations are and tells them when s the best time to leave

Photo courtesy of Sakay.ph

Tugade accepts DOTr Undersecretary Kintanar's resignation

Nov 23, 2016 - 4:00 PM

Kintanar a former Ayala executive says he would like to give Tugade a free hand in addressing misconceptions or doubts as to the impartiality and independence of the DOTr

'FREE HAND'. Being a former executive director of AC and a former chief operating officer of AC Infrastructure Holdings Corporation, some lawmakers have called him out for a possible conflict of interest. Photo from Kintanar's LinkedIn account

Longer MRT trains fully operational by mid-2017 – DOTr

Oct 12, 2016 - 3:10 PM

The Department of Transportation says it is awaiting the delivery of the power supply for the 4 car trains which would take an additional 12 months

Photo by Mick Basa

Sandiganbayan affirms criminal charges vs ex-MRT chief Vitangcol

Oct 11, 2016 - 6:47 PM

The Sandiganbayan s 3rd Division denies Al Vitangcol III s motion to quash for lack of merit

NOT INVOLVED. Ex-MRT general manager Al Vitangcol III says Mar Roxas and DOTC Secretary Jun Abaya should be held liable for the allegedly anomalous maintenance contract deal for the MRT3. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Alvarez: No improvement in traffic, trains after 100 days under Duterte

Oct 03, 2016 - 3:50 PM

Despite dismay over traffic Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez still praises President Rodrigo Duterte for his overall performance during his first 100 days in office

NOT ENOUGH? Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez is unhappy with how the Duterte administration is moving to address traffic so far. File photos by Rappler

Case vs MRT vandalism a waste of gov’t resources – commuters group

Sep 28, 2016 - 9:04 PM

The case is filed against Angelo Suarez who wrote MRT bulok on one of the trains

VANDALISM. A case was filed against Angelo Suarez after he wrote 'MRT bulok!' in one of the trains.

Deal reached: LRT-MRT common station between SM North, TriNoma

Sep 27, 2016 - 3:55 PM

A memorandum of understanding is set to be signed on Wednesday September 28

HAMPERING MASS TRANSIT. The stay order on the transfer of the site of the common station is barring the construction of MRT7 and design work for the common station project that has been bundled with LRT1 Cavite Extension project. SM North City EDSA and TriNoma Mall photos from Ramon F. Velasquez

Beep cards expand to tollways

Aug 11, 2016 - 11:14 AM

AF Payments Incorporated starts its limited public trial on accepting beep cards as payment at CAVITEX for the toll fees of Class 1 vehicles

TOLLWAYS. AF Payments says beep cards can be purchased or reloaded at the Parañaque Customer Service Center during the public trial phase. Rappler file photo

Tugade: Train fares, tollway fees will not go up

Aug 10, 2016 - 4:40 PM

Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade also allays fears involving the granting of emergency powers vowing there will be no arbitrariness or whimsical approaches

CA junks MRT3 owners' appeal to stop gov't from getting more trains

Jul 27, 2016 - 6:30 PM

The appellate court says the MRT3 owners claims are merely self serving and uncorroborated by independent witnesses

DROP IT. The country's transportation department is demanding the Robert John Sobrepeña-controlled MRT Holdings, Incorporated II to drop its bid to stop the addition of 48 new train cars to the Metro Rail Transit 3 (MRT3) system. File photo from DOTC

Free Wi-Fi at NAIA, LRT, MRT, select transpo hubs in 100 days

Jul 13, 2016 - 9:55 AM

The Philippine government taps PLDT s Smart to offer free Wi Fi at the country s major transportation hubs

TAPPING THE PRIVATE. Transport chief Tugade (right) thanks PLDT's Alberto (left) and Pangilinan (center) for supporting the department's advocacy. Photo by Chrisee Dela Paz/Rappler

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Jun 22, 2016 - 8:08 PM

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Traffic, urban woes, and the Aquino administration's image problem

Jun 12, 2016 - 1:30 PM

As the problems snowballed and the administration remained quiet on telling people what it’s doing Filipinos have become too angry to appreciate the reforms that to them are too little too late

INSENSITIVE GOVERNMENT. As traffic worsened and public transportation woes built up, the Aquino administration has been increasingly perceived as an 'insensitive' government.

Beep card reloading now available at Bayad Center outlets

Jun 07, 2016 - 4:30 PM

The beep cards used on the MRT3 and LRT Lines 1 and 2 may now be reloaded at select Bayad Center outlets

RELOADING OPTIONS. The tap-and-go beep cards may now be reloaded at select Bayad Center outlets. Photo from beep card Facebook page

DOTC: Upgraded MRT3 escalators by Feb 2017

Jun 02, 2016 - 2:58 PM

International Elevator Equipment bags the contract to refurbish 38 escalators of the glitch ridden elevated mass transit railway system

BROKEN. Non-functioning escalators and jampacked yet limited trains are part of the daily riding MRT3 experience these days. Image from Shutterstock