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P2P buses to NAIA from Alabang and Laguna available by November 8

Nov 07, 2018 - 7:00 AM

The new routes to NAIA will have 4 stops: two in Muntinlupa and 2 in Sta Rosa, Laguna

POINT-TO-POINT. The South-NAIA P2P route by UBE Express will start operations on November 8. Photo from Ube Express Facebook page

Jeepney minimum fare now at P10

Oct 18, 2018 - 9:39 AM

The P2-hike in minimum fare will be implemented in Metro Manila, Central Luzon, and Calabarzon only. The LTFRB also approves a provisional P1-increase in Metro Manila bus minimum fare.

Transportation dep't tells jeepney drivers: Don't charge P10 minimum fare yet

Oct 17, 2018 - 5:14 PM

Jeepney minimum fare stays P9 until the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board issues an official order

P9-FARE. A jeepney barker holds a placard that show the minimum fare at P9. File photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

P2/min travel charge back but Grab lowers surge pricing cap

Sep 21, 2018 - 3:52 PM

The new surge pricing cap is effective Friday, September 21

SURGE. Grab lowers its surge pricing cap. Rappler file photo

Bus rapid transit system to push through in Cebu, Quezon Avenue

Sep 19, 2018 - 7:50 PM

Metro Manila might have a bus rapid transit system in 3 years, says Transportation Assistant Secretary Mark de Leon

PLAN. In the earlier plan, a bus station was set to be constructed near the Fuente Osmena Park for Cebu's first mass transport system, which was supposed to be operational in 2018. File photo by Rappler

House wants to penalize taxi drivers who decline passengers

Sep 12, 2018 - 8:10 PM

If passed into law, House Bill 7774 would prohibit taxi drivers from refusing a trip once they have been flagged down by a passenger

PASSENGER RIGHTS. A House bill approved on 2nd reading seeks to establish a list of passenger rights. File photo by Rappler

You can now ride P2P buses from Araneta Cubao to NAIA

Sep 05, 2018 - 12:57 PM

A premium point-to-point bus route from Araneta Center in Cubao, Quezon City to Ninoy Aquino International Airport is now operational, only for P100

POINT-TO-POINT. UBE Express launched a point-to-point (P2P) bus from Araneta Center Cubao in Quezon City to NAIA in Pasay. Photo from Araneta Center's FB page

[Right of Way] Why the PH doesn't have enough mass transport options

Sep 01, 2018 - 10:25 AM

Road safety advocate Vince Lazatin and Muntinlupa City Representative Ruffy Biazon talk about the sorry state of transportation as they commute from Quezon City to Makati

Modern jeepneys proposed in Boracay

Aug 21, 2018 - 6:51 PM

While Yellow Dot recently did a survey of Boracay's transport requirements for public utility vehicle modernization, the Sangguniang Bayan of Malay, Aklan, wants to reconsider whether the proposal will complement e-trikes on the island.

JEEPNEY MODERNIZATION. Will Boracay get new jeeps? Background image from Department of Transportation

[Right of Way] Special Episode: A detailed look at the proposed BRT system

Aug 09, 2018 - 4:45 PM

Urban development expert Robie Sy takes a detailed look at the proposed bus rapid transit system in Metro Manila

By August 15, no more provincial buses on EDSA during rush hours

Aug 09, 2018 - 4:22 PM

Provincial buses will not be allowed to ply EDSA on weekdays from 7 am to 10 am, and from 6 pm to 9 pm

BAN. Provincial buses banned from plying EDSA starting August 15. File photo by Rambo Talabong/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

[Right of Way] Can a bus rapid transit system work in the Philippines?

Aug 04, 2018 - 1:09 PM

An organized, systematic, round-the-clock bus system helped solve the traffic woes in cities like Bogota. Can it also solve Manila's problems?

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

Naga to equip PUV drivers with first aid skills

Aug 01, 2018 - 8:00 AM

A new ordinance in this city in the Bicol region will train drivers of jeepneys, trimobiles, padyak, and e-trikes to become first responders during road crashes

Boracay shifts to e-tricycles by August

Jul 26, 2018 - 4:06 PM

By August 2018, only electric tricycles will be allowed to ferry passengers in Boracay as part of the Malay municipal government's bid to promote environment-friendly public transportation

Now it's UV operators asking LTFRB P1-per-kilometer fare increase

Jul 12, 2018 - 6:32 PM

In a supplemental petition, operators of the shuttle service cite high fuel prices for the proposed increase in fares

FARE HIKE. Shuttle service UV Express operators ask regulators for a provisional fare increase. File photo by Joel Liporada/Rappler

LTFRB issues order for P9-jeepney fare

Jul 06, 2018 - 11:49 AM

(UPDATED) The provisional increase is effective immediately upon the issuance of the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board order

INCREASE. Commuters and jeepneys in Quezon City on July 5, 2018 after the announcement of P1-fare increase. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Grab planning seamless 'mix-and-match' transport system in PH

Jul 05, 2018 - 6:44 PM

The multimodal passenger transport system envisioned by Grab allows passengers to select and take different modes of transport using the Grab service to reach their destination

GRAB MOVING FORWARD. Grab Philippine head Brian Cu and marketing head Cindy Toh speak to the press about their plans for a Grab and GrabPay. Photo by Kyle Chua

Fare hike, Gilas’ Troy Rike, Joyce Bernal directs SONA | Midday wRap

Jul 05, 2018 - 12:00 PM

Watch Rappler's midday newscast with Margie de Leon

P9 minimum jeepney fare starts afternoon of July 5

Jul 04, 2018 - 8:40 PM

Public utility jeepneys in Metro Manila, Central Luzon, and Calabarzon are allowed to charge P9 for the first 4-kilometer ride

FARE HIKE. The LTFRB approves a provisional fare hike of P1 for the minimum fare. Rappler file photo

DOTr to scrap bus rapid transit project

Jun 08, 2018 - 8:04 PM

The Department of Transportation requests for the cancellation of the bus rapid transit projects in Metro Manila and Cebu, citing infrastructure limitations. But officials and experts are not sold with the idea

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

DOE's P300-M fuel subsidy for jeepney drivers 'still unaudited'

May 26, 2018 - 11:31 AM

(UPDATED) Based on a COA report, it's not clear how the P300 million was used, and how many cards were loaded with cash

How much are the fares of new ride-hailing apps?

May 24, 2018 - 8:10 PM

Aside from Grab and U-Hop, Filipino commuters can now choose from MiCab, HirNa, Owto, Hype, and Go Lag

RIDE-HAILING. Currently, there are 7 ride-hailing companies with accreditation from the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board.

'King of the road': Meet the heir to the iconic Sarao jeepney business

May 08, 2018 - 8:00 PM

For Ed Sarao, the jeepney is the lifeblood of the Philippines

Dalian confident Chinese trains for MRT will pass weight test

Apr 19, 2018 - 8:10 PM

Li Depu of China-based Dalian says they are subjecting their trains to a test by the German-based TUV Rheinland to refute allegations they are too heavy for the MRT's tracks

OVERWEIGHT? Dalian CRRC general manager for overseas business Li Depu says their trains for Manila's MRT will pass the weight test conducted by TUV Rheinland. Photo by Aika Rey/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

Transport advocates call for crackdown on habal-habal rides

Apr 04, 2018 - 8:10 PM

Newly formed group Transport Watch says habal-habal rides or motorcycles for hire are usually booked through Facebook

WATCH. Transport advocates launch "Transport Watch" which aims to tackle issues and push for policies for better public transportation options. Photo courtesy of Transport Watch

Gov't eyes additional boats, terminals for Pasig River ferry system

Apr 04, 2018 - 5:55 PM

The government wants to build 17 new terminals and add 24 boats to serve the ferry system. Once completed, the operation and maintenance of the upgraded system will be offered to the private sector.

INSPECTION. DBM Secretary Benjamin Diokno leads the inspection of the Pasig River ferry system on April 4, 2018. 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

Holy Week exodus: Commuters line up for hours in terminals

Mar 29, 2018 - 8:10 AM

The rush to go to the provinces results in up to 3 hours of waiting in bus terminals

MASS EXODUS. The line for a JAC Liner bus going to Lucban town in Quezon has spilled over to Mapagmahal Street in Quezon City. All photos by Aika Rey/Rappler

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

Traffic advisory for Holy Week 2018

Mar 24, 2018 - 7:45 PM

Here are the expected dates and areas of heavy traffic buildup during this year's Holy Week

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

P2P bus schedules for Holy Week 2018

Mar 23, 2018 - 6:04 PM

Here are the operating days of P2P buses during the observance of Holy Week this year

Piston says Malacañang 'spreading fake news' on transport strike

Mar 20, 2018 - 11:34 AM

(UPDATED) The Philippine National Police says it has not monitored any threats in Metro Manila

NO MORE TRANSPORT STRIKE. Piston national president George San Mateo disputes what he calls Malacanang's 'fake news' that transportation groups have continued their strike beyond March 19, 2018. 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

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

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

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

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

Feb 19, 2018 - 7:42 PM

Watch the evening newscast with Marguerite de Leon

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

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

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

After ‘inspection trip,’ congressmen conclude: We need cleaner public toilets

Dec 22, 2017 - 4:26 PM

More than 9 months after an 11-day trip to tourist spots, lawmakers adopt a resolution calling for cleaner public restrooms in transportation terminals

Replacing jeepneys a must after 3-year transition period – Tugade

Dec 11, 2017 - 4:05 PM

(UPDATED) Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade says public utility vehicles that pass the motor vehicle inspection system still have to be replaced so they will be Euro 4- or Euro 5-compliant

MODERNIZE. Senate committee on public services held a hearing on the PUV modernization program on December 11, 2017. Photo by Aika Rey/Rappler

Rappler Talk: Are Philippine roads safer in 2017?

Dec 06, 2017 - 6:35 PM

Watch the interview with Transportation Assistant Secretary Arnulfo Fabillar on Thursday, December 7, at 7 pm