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PNR: More trips to Los Baños if ridership improves

Dec 04, 2019 - 7:40 PM

The new train set added to the main line can accommodate 81 passengers

KOGANE TRAIN. The Philippine National Railways added a Kogane train set to its main line that now extends to Los Baños. File photo from DOTr

FALSE: Mainstream media 'does not report’ on arrival of new PNR train sets

Dec 03, 2019 - 9:50 PM

Pilipino Star Ngayon and Inquirer.net have reported the announcement of the Department of Transportation in November 2019 about the arrival of new sets of trains

FALSE: PNR Bicol Express ‘reopened’ in September 2019

Oct 25, 2019 - 12:23 PM

The Bicol Express, a passenger train service that plies the Manila-Bicol route, remains suspended as of October 2019

6 companies eye construction of PNR Clark 2 segment

Oct 16, 2019 - 4:39 PM

The contract packages opened for bidding include the Clark International Airport station and the NSCR Clark depot

NEXT PHASE. After the start of construction of the Philippine National Railways Clark 1 project from Tutuban to Malolos, Phase 2 has been opened for bidding, drawing 5 foreign companies and one local company. Photo from DOTr

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

Philippines' first hybrid train makes inaugural run

Apr 24, 2019 - 7:29 PM

Rides start on May 6

MRT, LRT, PNR suspend operations after Luzon earthquake

Apr 22, 2019 - 6:40 PM

(UPDATED) All passengers are evacuated from train stations as operations are halted due to the earthquake on Monday, April 22

A major thoroughfare in the Manila on September 8, 2014, is clogged with traffic as an overhead train passes by in the centre lane. The National Economic Development Authority (NEDA) Board, chaired by President Benigno Aquino, has approved the “Roadmap for Transport Infrastructure Development for Metro Manila and Its Surrounding Areas.” The study conducted by Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) cited strategies to reduce traffic congestion. AFP PHOTO / Jay DIRECTO

Victory Liner set to demolish 80 houses in Marcoville

Apr 06, 2019 - 10:31 PM

Victory Liner is demanding the United Marcoville Barangay Residents Association to leave their premises

PACC eyes graft, gross misconduct charges vs PNR chief Junn Magno

Apr 01, 2019 - 2:55 PM

The Presidential Anti-Corruption Commission says the 'illegal' use of P50.9 million in railway funds as payment for security services constitutes technical malversation

ADMIN CHARGES. The Presidential Anti-Corruption Commission finds prima facie evidence to formally charge PNR General Manager Junn Magno (L) of graft and gross misconduct. Photo from PNR

Corruption, mismanagement issues hound PNR chief Junn Magno

Mar 19, 2019 - 10:50 AM

EXCLUSIVE: Philippine National Railways General Manager Junn Magno appoints one person to 'incompatible' and 'crucial' positions, leading to no checks and balances in the agency

COA raises red flags over PNR 'illegal use' of funds

Mar 18, 2019 - 10:29 AM

EXCLUSIVE: The Philippine National Railways uses P50.9 million of the proposed Manila-Sorsogon projects to pay for its security services

Poor National Railways? Thousands suffer as PNR cancels 713 trips in only 2 months

Mar 11, 2019 - 7:11 PM

(UPDATED) EXCLUSIVE: As the Philippine National Railways, with its inadequate resources, proudly opens new train routes in Metro Manila, it cancels hundreds of trips monthly without informing the public

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

Tutuban to Malolos PNR construction starts

Feb 15, 2019 - 1:16 PM

The railway project is expected to reduce travel time between Manila and Malolos from over one hour and 30 minutes to just 35 minutes once fully operational

GROUNDBREAKING. Philippine and Japanese government officials and stakeholders officially start the construction of the Philippine National Railways Clark 1 project from Tutuban to Malolos. Photo from DOTr

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: PNR to run first Philippine-made train

Jan 22, 2019 - 8:40 PM

A group of 10 Filipino engineers developed the first Philippine-made train powered by batteries and a generator

PH-MADE. The Department of Science and Technology developed the first hybrid electric train in the country. Photo from DOST

Man dies after getting hit by PNR train

Dec 19, 2018 - 4:18 PM

Train officials identify the man as Remy Orlino, who was sideswiped by a northbound train around 30 meters from Pandacan Station

DEAD. A man dies after getting sideswiped by a PNR train. File photo from PNR Facebook

Man dies after being hit by PNR train in Makati

Oct 03, 2018 - 9:43 AM

Investigators say the victim suddenly crossed the tracks to avoid the clearing operations of the Makati government's Department of Enviromental Services

PNR TRAIN. A PNR DMU departing from Tutuban Terminal. Image by Mithril Cloud at English Wikipedia

HOAX: COA 'quotes' on PNR toilet project anomaly

Aug 24, 2018 - 12:40 PM

The blog post invents some quotes which were not in COA's observations on the questioned project

Teen dies after being hit by PNR train in Manila

Sep 20, 2017 - 11:26 AM

Grade 10 student John Genesis Munsayac Jr, who wore a headset, suddenly appeared on the northbound track and did not notice the approaching train, says PNR General Manager Junn Magno

SIDESWIPED. A Philippine National Railways train sideswiped a man early Wednesday, September 20. Photo from Wikipedia

NEDA Board approves Metro Manila Subway, longest railway

Sep 12, 2017 - 7:30 PM

UPDATED These big ticket projects will be funded via official development assistance ODA from either China or Japan

BETTER TRANSPORT. These big-ticket projects form part of Mega Manila Dream Plan, a transport network roadmap seen to decongest the country’s capital. Images courtesy of www.build.gov.ph

PH's longest railway to get funding from Japan, possibly China

Jun 26, 2017 - 8:15 PM

UPDATED The Manila Clark and Manila Laguna lines will be funded by the Japan International Cooperation Agency while the Department of Transportation is eyeing China for the Laguna Sorsogon line

LONGEST RAILWAY. This would run from Clark in Pampanga all the way to Sorsogon , Bicol. Rappler file photo

17 stations of Manila-Clark Railway announced

Jun 25, 2017 - 10:35 PM

UPDATED The Department of Transportation says it aims to start the construction of the railway system in the last quarter of 2017 and finish it by 2021

CUT TRAVEL TIME. With this rail project, the transportation department aims to cut the two-hour travel time from Manila to Clark to 55 minutes. Rappler file photo

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

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

A Brown, MTD Philippines team up for new PNR East-West Rail proposal

Nov 13, 2016 - 10:35 PM

Systra Philippines – a member of France based rail expert Systra Group – is providing technical assistance for A Brown s consortium

LRT-MRT CONNECTION. The East-West Rail Project was prepared by East-West Rail Transit Corporation, a group formed by A Brown and Private Equity Investment and Development Corporation. Photo by Adrian Portugal/Rappler

With emergency powers, lighter Metro Manila traffic by 2019

Aug 25, 2016 - 6:43 PM

Emergency powers will allow the faster implementation of over P207 billion worth of infrastructure projects to ease traffic transportation officials say

FASTER IMPLEMENTATION. Transportation Undersecretary Noel Kintanar says emergency powers will help the department implement faster its over P207-billion worth of infrastructure projects. Photos by Chrisee Dela Paz/Rappler

Angeles City local bets 'upstage' Duterte at last rally

May 08, 2016 - 3:11 AM

Some attendees expressed concerns that Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte s name was used to get more people to attend ABE Kapampangan last campaign rally

Image courtesy Wenri De Guzman

Builder of Malaysia's SMART Tunnel wants to bring infra to PH

Apr 09, 2016 - 8:51 PM

The proposed SMART Manila addresses two major problems in Metro Manila – flooding and traffic

SMART INFRASTRUCTURE. The proposal would follow the design concept of SMART Tunnel in Kuala Lumpur, which is said to be calculated to take in enough water from 6 days of rain. Image from Wikimedia

LIST: LRT, MRT, PNR schedules for Christmas 2015

Dec 23, 2015 - 12:57 PM

UPDATED Be guided as most transportation services will be operating on limited hours during the holidays

HOLIDAY SCHEDULE. LRT, MRT, and PNR services will operate on shortened schedules during the holidays.

Filinvest, Ayala battle for P4B ITS-South terminal project

Jul 31, 2015 - 7:45 PM

Datem the consortium of Megawide and WM Property Management opts out of the bidding for the Integrated Transport System ITS South terminal Project

BATTLE BETWEEN DEVELOPERS. Only 2 of the 4 qualified bidders move forward to bid for the ITS-South Terminal deal. Photos by Chrisee Dela Paz/Rappler

New MRT3 prototype train car to arrive in August

Jul 23, 2015 - 5:23 PM

DOTC Secretary Joseph Emilio Abaya says the delivery of new MRT3 prototype train car will result in lesser maintenance requirement for the ailing railway system

LESSER MAINTENANCE? This new MRT3 prototype train car will be delivered in the Philippines by August. Photos from DOTC

PH bids out biggest PPP: P171-B North-South railway deal

Jul 15, 2015 - 10:08 AM

Once the North South Railway is operational in 2020 there will be 10 daily trips with 7 train sets passing through 66 stations

BIGGEST RAILWAY. Phase 2 of the North-South Commuter Railway will connect Tutuban in Manila to the southern peripheries of Metro Manila and a long-haul network to the Bicol region. Photo from pnr.gov.ph

PNR incurs P30M losses, operations in limbo

Jun 15, 2015 - 7:26 PM

‘We won’t operate if there is risk to passengers We would rather have a safe train than try to please the passengers ’ says Transportation Secretary Joseph Emilio Abaya

AGAINST STEALING. The recent derailment of one of the trains of PNR are attributed to missing rails. File photo by Joel Leporada

PNR unsure about resuming partial operations on June 15

Jun 03, 2015 - 2:26 PM

UPDATED The Philippine National Railways has postponed the test runs meant to ensure the safety of the trains

Workers reconnect a railway track along the Magallanes area in Makati City on Thursday, after a southbound Philippine National Railway train derailed on Wednesday. At least 80 passengers where injured in the incident. Photo by Joel Leporada/Rappler

PNR postpones test runs

Jun 02, 2015 - 7:00 PM

UPDATED The Philippine National Railways will likely reschedule as well the partial resumption of its operations to later than June 15

PNR eyeing resumption of Bicol trips by December

May 27, 2015 - 3:42 PM

The PNR hopes to resume its Manila to Bicol trips by December once a technical team finishes its assessment of the track and bridge network

UPGRADES NEEDED. PNR management asks commuters to bear with the proposed fare hike, saying it's needed to upgrade the state-run train line. Photo from PNR Facebook

PNR unlikely to resume trips by June 1 school opening

May 23, 2015 - 7:17 PM

The rail operations may resume on June 12 but with fewer trains deployed says PNR General Manager Joseph Allan Dilay

UPGRADES NEEDED. PNR management says it will not resume trips until 80% of its rail tracks between Tutuban and Alabang are replaced. Photo from PNR Facebook

For auction: PNR rail track improvement

May 20, 2015 - 9:18 AM

The rail track improvement of the Philippine National Railways is seen to be done by the third quarter of 2016 DOTC says

UPGRADES NEEDED. PNR management says proposed fare hike is needed to upgrade the state-run train line. Photo from PNR Facebook

PNR to put up CCTV, fences to deter looting of rail parts

May 13, 2015 - 3:41 PM

This is to deter would be looters from stealing rail parts which officials say caused last month s train accident

Workers reconnect a railway track along the Magallanes area in Makati City on Thursday, after a southbound Philippine National Railway train derailed on Wednesday. At least 80 passengers where injured in the incident. Photo by Joel Leporada/Rappler

PNR suspends train service indefinitely

May 05, 2015 - 7:24 PM

Close to 70 000 commuters will be affected by the suspension which comes a week after a PNR train derailed

SUSPENDED. Workers reconnect a railway track along the Magallanes area in Makati City on Thursday, after a southbound Philippine National Railway train derailed on Wednesday. Photo by Joel Leporada

PNR train derails in Magallanes

Apr 29, 2015 - 5:11 PM

2nd UPDATE Some passengers sustained minor injuries and no one required hospitalization says the PNR spokesperson

DERAILED. A southbound PNR train derails along the Magallanes area. Photo by Jillian Lopez

Tutuban Center will be common station for North-South rail project

Apr 01, 2015 - 7:53 PM

DOTC is also eyeing to extend LRT2 for seamless transfer of passengers from the Tutuban station of the rail project

LRT, MRT and PNR on limited operations during Holy Week

Mar 31, 2015 - 8:48 PM

LRT MRT and PNR will resume their regular run on Monday April 6

PNR fare hike 'justified' – JV Ejercito

Mar 03, 2015 - 9:29 PM

Compared to the MRT and LRT the state run PNR has received a smaller subsidy to maintain and run its operations Ejercito says

UPGRADES NEEDED. PNR management asks commuters to bear with the proposed fare hike, saying it's needed to upgrade the state-run train line. Photo from PNR Facebook

PNR GM: I'll resign if train services don't improve

Feb 27, 2015 - 9:32 AM

PNR general manager Joseph Allan Dilay promises better service and facilities to commuters as officials seek a P10 to P15 minimum fare hike

FARE HIKE PROPOSAL. PNR officials explain why the train line needs the fare hike to cover deficits in its operational expenses.

PNR eyeing higher fares by March

Feb 26, 2015 - 6:11 PM

The PNR seeks to increase the minimum fare to P15 Passengers taking the 56 km trip from Tutuban to Calamba will have to shell out P60 instead of the current P45 fare

UPGRADES NEEDED. PNR management asks commuters to bear with the proposed fare hike, saying it's needed to upgrade the state-run train line. Photo from PNR Facebook

Ruby: MRT, LRT, PNR operations end early Monday

Dec 08, 2014 - 1:22 PM

UPDATED Railway services in Metro Manila will be cut short Monday December 8 in anticipation of the arrival of Tropical Storm Ruby Hagupit

File/AFP

PNR service extends to Calamba

Dec 02, 2014 - 7:49 PM

The extension serves an additional 3 000 to 5 000 passengers daily

PNR train derails; No injuries reported

Aug 25, 2014 - 11:47 AM

The train going southbound and traversing the line between Sta Mesa and España stations when the last coach was derailed at around 9:30 am

STALLED. A Philippine National Railways train is stalled near Altura street, Sta Mesa, Manila, after its rearmost coach derailed 25 August 2014. Jose Del/Rappler