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MRT3 unloads 450 passengers due to electrical motor failure

Feb 17, 2020 - 8:21 AM

The passengers board the next train 5 minutes later

UNLOADING. An MRT3 train suffers an electrical motor failure due to worn-out subcomponents. File photo by Darren Langit

Ex-MRT chief Al Vitangcol convicted of graft over maintenance contract

Feb 06, 2020 - 11:58 AM

The contractor, and his uncle-in-law Arturo Soriano, are also convicted over the non-disclosure of the two of their relationship

CONVICTED. Former MRT-3 General Manager Al Vitangcol is convicted of one count of graft and one count of violation of procurement law for concealing his relationship to his uncle-in-law, one of the incporators of PH Trams that won a maintenance contract for MRT. File photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

FALSE: 'Suicide bomber' caught at MRT Taft Station

Jan 22, 2020 - 7:25 PM

Both the Department of Transportation and the Philippine National Police say the man in the photo was part of a security simulation conducted by cops

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

3 years on, what are the DOTr's top projects under Duterte?

Nov 21, 2019 - 8:08 PM

The agency's top accomplishments were either initiated before Duterte's term or have yet to be finished

TOP ACCOMPLISHMENTS. The Department of Transportation said its top accomplishments in the past three years include 3 aviation projects and the commencement of the MRT3 rehabilitation. Photo courtesy from L-R: DOTr, Cebu Pacific, DOTr, and Rappler

MRT3 interrupts service due to smoke emission

Nov 04, 2019 - 5:07 PM

(UPDATED) The MRT3 resumes normal operations by 6:06 pm

PROVISIONAL SERVICE. The Metro Rail Transit line 3 limited its operations due to a smoke emission on Monday, November 4. Photo by JR Belardo/Rappler

No extended MRT3 hours for Christmas 2019 due to rail repair works

Oct 22, 2019 - 11:22 AM

MRT3 Director Michael Capati says this is to 'give way to the full blast rail replacement activities' that would rid the MRT3 tracks of dilapidated rails

NO EXTRA HOURS. The MRT3 will not be augmenting the increased passenger volume during the holidays through extended operating hours, to make way for its railway replacement works.  Photo by DARREN LANGIT

MRT3 operations stalled after man falls on tracks

Oct 15, 2019 - 2:51 PM

(UPDATED) 'At 12:16 pm today, a street vagrant jumped over and fell at the interstation of tracks of Buendia and Ayala,' says MRT3, prompting it to limit operations to just between North Avenue and Shaw Boulevard for over two hours

TRAIN MOVEMENT STALLED. A man jumped and fell to his death on the MRT3 tracks between Buendia and Ayala stations. Photo from DOTr-MRT3

MRT3 begins trial run of Dalian train

Oct 15, 2019 - 9:41 AM

The 3-coach train will run from 8:30 pm to 10:30 pm beginning Tuesday, October 15, until November

NEXT DEPLOYMENT. The last Dalian train set to ply the MRT3 tracks was deployed in January 2019. Photo by DOTr-MRT3

Sandigan dismisses 2 graft charges vs ex-MRT chief Vitangcol

Oct 07, 2019 - 11:42 PM

The anti-graft court says the prosecution failed to provide 'the required quantum of proof' that Al Vitangcol and businessman Wilson de Vera tried to extort money from a Czech company

ACQUITTED. Former MRT-3 general manager Al Vitangcol III is acquitted by the Sandiganbayan on Monday, October 7, during the promulgation of his graft case in relation to the alleged $30-million extortion attempt on officials of Czech firm Inekon Group. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Poe suggests business coaches for MRT3: 'Think out of the box'

Oct 03, 2019 - 10:18 PM

The senator floats the idea as a way to convince passengers to take the train instead of driving private vehicles

BUSINESS COACHES. Would you pay P300 for a guaranteed space in the MRT3? File photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

Overhaul overdue: Daily maintenance fails to prevent MRT3 short circuit

Sep 19, 2019 - 6:16 PM

A joint investigation by Sumitomo-Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, DOTr, and MRT management shows what caused the September 6 stoppage of the trains

EFFECTIVE TRAIN PREP? An overhead catenary cable was cut due to a short circuit in a train's electrical box, which can happen even with daily train preparation and preventive maintenance. File photo by Aika Rey/Rappler

6 new railways to look out for

Sep 10, 2019 - 12:45 AM

Will we see these railways completed within the lifetime of the current administration?

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

Free LRT 2, MRT, PNR rides for students starting July 1

Jun 27, 2019 - 3:12 PM

(UPDATED) Students need only to show their school IDs to get free rides during specific hours on weekdays, except holidays

FREE RIDES. Students up to college level may now enjoy free rides at railways and free terminal fees at airports and seaports. MRT photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler, LRT photo by Sky Author/Wikepedia, PNR by Jose Del/Rappler, NAIA by Jay Directo/AFP

MRT, LRT schedules for Holy Week 2019

Mar 19, 2019 - 4:10 PM

(3rd UPDATE) LRT Lines 1 and 2, meanwhile, will be closed from Maundy Thursday to Easter Sunday

NO OPERATIONS. The MRT3 will be closed during the Holy Week. AFP File photo

MRT3 unloads passengers due to smoke emission

Mar 18, 2019 - 8:09 PM

The train line resumes normal operations at 6:35 pm

MRT3. A Metro Rail Transit Line 3 train unloads passengers on Monday night, March 18. File photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

Woman arrested for bringing gun to MRT3

Mar 15, 2019 - 1:14 PM

A security guard discovers the gun when the woman entered the baggage inspection area of Taft Station in Pasay City

ARRESTED. Emelyn Zapra, 28, was arrested for carrying a gun at the MRT3. Photo courtesy of DOTr-MRT3

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

Chinese ambassador commends cop in taho-throwing incident

Feb 21, 2019 - 1:58 PM

Chinese envoy Zhao Jianhua tells President Rodrigo Duterte that he admires the 'professionalism' and 'retraint' of Police Officer 1 William Cristobal, says Malacañang

Photo from Mandaluyong police

LRT2, MRT3 lift ban on liquids

Feb 20, 2019 - 12:53 PM

Light Rail Transit Line 1 will continue to implement the ban

LIFTED. The MRT3 now allows liquids more than 100 ml. File photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Aquino admin liable for MRT3, Dengvaxia, Mamasapano? Senate bets weigh in

Feb 17, 2019 - 9:10 PM

(UPDATED) 'Dapat inako niya ang lahat ng responsibilidad doon bilang tatay ng bansa,' says opposition senatorial bet Gary Alejano

VP Leni Robredo and former President Noynoy Aquino during presentation of senatorial aspirants under the Oposisyon Koalisyon on October 24, 2018. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

MRT3 now allows bottled liquids 100 ml and below

Feb 14, 2019 - 12:35 PM

The Metro Rail Transit Line 3 management says that any bottled liquid more than 100 ml will still not be allowed inside train stations

ALLOWED. The MRT3 now allows bottled liquids with a volume capacity of 100 ml and below. Photo by DOTr-MRT3

Foreign student who threw taho at cop indicted for direct assault

Feb 12, 2019 - 8:20 PM

(UPDATED) Senior Assistant City Prosecutor Leynard Dumlao says Zhang Jiale's action is considered 'deliberate and serious defiance' of a cop who was performing his duties

INDICTED. Foreign student Zhang Jiale throws a cup of taho at Police Officer I William Cristobal. File photo from Mandaluyong police

[OPINYON] ‘Taho, taho kayo d’yan!’

Feb 11, 2019 - 11:00 AM

Tungkol ito sa kung gaano kalakas ang loob ng dayuhan na manaboy ng taho sa isang pulis. Dahil marahil alam niyang sa bansang ito, walang papalag sa kaniya. Temerity. At siguradong hindi pa ito ang huli.

PNP files assault charges vs taho-throwing foreign student

Feb 11, 2019 - 8:53 AM

Chinese fashion student Jiale Zhang faces the risk of imprisonment of at least 4 months

'UNDESIRABLE ALIEN'?. The Philippine National Police seeks both prison and deportation for 23-year-old Jiale Zhang who threw a cup of taho at a cop. Mandaluyong Police photo

Police want foreign student deported over MRT taho incident

Feb 10, 2019 - 10:10 PM

The National Capital Region Police Office will recommend that Jiale Zhang be tagged as an 'undesirable alien'

Foreign student passenger throws cup of taho at MRT security

Feb 09, 2019 - 4:44 PM

(UPDATED) The passenger, a Chinese national, is still detained in the Mandaluyong police headquarters

TAHO INCIDENT. A mugshot of Jiale Zhang who was arrested for throwing a plastic cup of taho at a police officer at the Boni MRT Station. Photo courtesy of DOTr-MRT

MRT3 management: 'We received a bomb threat in January'

Feb 08, 2019 - 1:06 PM

'That's one reason why we tightened security following recent attacks in Mindanao,' says MRT3 management

SAFETY. The MRT3 management says they will enforce tighter security measures to ensure the safety of its thousands of daily commuters. File photo

Bottled-up emotions: Netizens slam liquids ban in train stations

Feb 08, 2019 - 10:37 AM

'Are tears banned too?' an irate netizen asks Metro Manila's train officials

LIST: What liquids are allowed inside the MRT3?

Feb 07, 2019 - 8:00 PM

The Metro Rail Transit Line 3 clarifies the liquids which can be brought inside its trains, as a recently enforced ban draws criticism

BANNED. The MRT3 issues exemptions on liquid substances banned inside the train station. File photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Bottled liquids banned inside train stations

Jan 31, 2019 - 6:50 PM

The measure aims to prevent the entry of dangerous chemicals contained in plastic bottles, as police and military are on heightened alert after the Jolo church bombing

NO BOTTLED LIQUIDS. Railway managements are banning bottled liquids inside train stations.

LOOK: 3rd China-made Dalian train hits MRT3 tracks until February 1

Jan 23, 2019 - 11:15 AM

The train is deployed for a 150-hour validation test run

CHINA-MADE. The 3rd train set of China-made Dalian trains are being tested on MRT3 tracks. Photo by DOTr-MRT3

Free train rides on Rizal Day 2018

Dec 27, 2018 - 4:17 PM

(UPDATED) LRT2 and MRT3 will give out free rides to commemorate Jose Rizal's heroism on his 122nd death anniversary

FREE RIDES. MRT3 announces free rides on December 30. Photo from DOTr-MRT3

FALSE: Is this a 'new' photo of Mar Roxas using public transport?

Dec 09, 2018 - 3:26 PM

No, this is not a new photo of Filipino opposition politician Mar Roxas using public transport

Philippines, Japan sign P18-billion MRT3 rehab loan deal

Nov 08, 2018 - 5:10 PM

(UPDATED) With this agreement, Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez III says the government would finally be able to address the 'problem that is the MRT3'

Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez III, on behalf of the Philippines, and the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) senior vice president Yasushi Tanaka, on behalf of Japan, signed Thursday the 38.1-billion yen loan agreement for the Metro Rail Transit (MRT) Line-3 System Rehabilitation Project, which aims to improve the safety, reliability and level of service of the 16.9-kilometer light rail system with 13 stations spanning across EDSA. Also in attendance during the loan signing ceremony were Japanese Ambassador to the Philippines Koji Haneda, JICA Chief Representative Yoshio Wada and Department of Transportation Undersecretary Timothy John Batan. Photo courtesy of Dept of Finance

PH, Japan finalize details of P18-billion MRT3 rehab loan

Nov 07, 2018 - 2:35 PM

(3rd UPDATE) The signing of the P18-billion loan agreement will be done on Thursday, November 8

Photo from Embassy of Japan

HOAX: 'New MRT3 trains from Japan' besides Dalian trains

Nov 05, 2018 - 6:58 PM

There are no new Japanese trains, only a Japan-funded rehabilitation for MRT3

DOTr apologizes for 'embarrassing' MRT incident with PWD passenger

Nov 05, 2018 - 1:35 PM

The passenger's mother accused security guards of discriminating against persons with learning disabilities

After delay, Philippines, Japan to sign MRT3 rehab loan deal on November 7

Oct 31, 2018 - 2:40 PM

The P22.06-billion MRT3 rehabilitation project will mostly be funded by an P18-billion loan from the Japanese government

RAILWAY. Commuters wait to board the MRT3. File photo by LeAnne Jazul/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

LRT, MRT operational as Typhoon Ompong brings rain to Metro Manila

Sep 15, 2018 - 8:52 AM

However, the LRT1 experiences a power supply issue that limits its operations on Saturday morning, September 15

METRO TRAINS. LRT image via Shutterstock, MRT photo by Jay Directo/AFP

Dalian MRT3 trains test run in October

Sep 11, 2018 - 2:57 PM

The government wants to test whether the trains delivered by Chinese firm CRRC Dalian Company Limited are safe for public use

COSTS. All costs to fix the unused MRT3 trains will be shouldered by China-based CRRC Dalian Company Limited. Photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

Chinese firm Dalian agrees to pay all costs to fix unused MRT3 trains

Aug 30, 2018 - 6:54 PM

Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade confirms Chinese firm CRRC Dalian Company Limited will absorb all costs related to repairing the 48 unused MRT3 trains

COSTS. All costs to fix the unused MRT3 trains will be shouldered by  China-based CRRC Dalian Company Limited. Photo by Inoue Jaena/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

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

Aircon leak causes 'rain' inside MRT3

Aug 08, 2018 - 5:43 PM

The defective air-conditioning unit is 12 years old, and was due for replacement two years ago

LEAK. Passengers use their umbrellas to shield themselves from the leak inside the MRT3. Screengrab from Giselle Tolosa's tweet

MRT3 unloads 420 passengers due to electrical failure

Aug 02, 2018 - 9:11 PM

The electrical failure in a motor breaks a 29-day run for the train service without glitches

MRT. The Metro Rail Transit Line 3 experiences a glitch on August 2, 2018. AFP file photo

DOTr to pursue plunder charges vs Abaya over MRT3 mess

Jun 26, 2018 - 12:05 PM

The Department of Transportation is also eyeing plunder charges against officials not indicted by the Office of the Ombudsman

HEARING. Former DOTC Secretary Joseph Emilio Abaya attends the public hearing on the Metro Rail Transit (MRT) 3 issues led by Senator Grace Poe at the Office of the Senate in Pasay City on May 15, 2017. File photo by Lito Boras/Rappler

Roxas cleared, Abaya indicted for graft over MRT maintenance mess

Jun 25, 2018 - 12:50 PM

(UPDATED) Ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales finds probable cause to charge former transportation chief Joseph Emilio Abaya with graft for awarding the contract to Busan Universal Rail Incorporated, 'an ineligible and unqualified entity'

MRT MAINTENANCE MESS. Ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales clears former interior secretary Mar Roxas, but indicts former transport secretary Jun Abaya for graft over the MRT maintenance contract.