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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

[OPINION] Our commute is eating up our human rights, and we’re too tired to care

Oct 11, 2019 - 3:10 PM

'As taxpayers and as hardworking, productive members of the society, we should demand accountability from the government.... We should call out those who downplay our exhaustion.'

[OPINION] Stop band-aid solutions, provide public transportation instead

Sep 29, 2019 - 4:30 PM

No Filipino should have to wake up as early as 4 am to commute to an 8 am job and punch out at 5 pm only to get home by 9 pm

#2030Now: How a group of friends started lobbying for law on dignified commuting

Sep 24, 2019 - 10:09 AM

Ira Cruz of AltMobility tells the story of how commuters decided to do something about the unpredictable public transport situation in the country

The LTFRB announced the one-peso jeepney minimum fare hike will be implemented on Friday (today), for National Capital Region (NCR), Regions III and IV. The agency added that jeepney drivers should post a notice of provisional fare increase in their vehicles before they can charge an additional fare of one peso from commuters. Photo by: DARREN LANGIT

‘Walang pagbabago’: Long lines ensue after MRT-3 breaks down

Sep 06, 2019 - 7:27 PM

Netizens suggest possible solutions to the public transportation crisis as the MRT break downs for almost a full day

A COMMUTER'S NIGHTMARE. An ordeal that every commuter faces as MRT-3 breaks down.

Davao city bus system to affect 7,000 jeepney drivers

Jun 07, 2019 - 12:00 PM

Davao City officials assure affected public utility drivers that they will get help once the High Priority Bus System fear is rolled out

WHAT STRIKE? Traffic builds up during rush hour in Davao City on Monday, October 16, 2017, as 20% of jeepney drivers get on the road despite a call for a nationwide strike. Photo by Mick Basa/Rappler

LTFRB suspends P2P service for UV Express to mid-June

Jun 01, 2019 - 1:06 PM

The decision will give way to more consultations with stakeholders who are opposed to the new policy

POINT-TO-POINT. The LTFRB to strictly enforce point-to-point service for UV Express shuttles. File photo by Joel Liporada/Rappler

Voters rush to home provinces for 2019 elections

May 12, 2019 - 11:43 PM

Some registered voters face long lines in bus stations and ports as they head home to vote in their assigned polling precincts

HEADING HOME. People queue at Bicol Central Station in Naga City on the eve of election day, May 12. Photo by Abby Bilan/Rappler

LTFRB now allows pets in public vehicles

Apr 27, 2019 - 2:33 PM

The regulatory board says it made the decision due to 'public clamor'

PETS IN PUVs. The Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board issues a memorandum allowing pets as long as it follows certain conditions. Photo by Raisa Serafica/Rappler

Traffic advisory for Holy Week 2019

Apr 13, 2019 - 2:22 PM

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

Free rides from PITX to parts of Metro Manila starting February 14

Feb 09, 2019 - 7:43 PM

(UPDATED) The Department of Transportation officially launches free bus rides with PITX-Lawton-Baclaran and PITX-Monumento-EDSA-Baclaran routes

FREE RIDES. DOTr partners with Megawide Corporation Foundation Inc and Junior Chamber International Senate Philippines for the free bus rides from PITX to parts of Metro Manila. DOTr photo

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

DOTr borrows buses to provide free rides from MOA to PITX

Feb 04, 2019 - 10:17 PM

The buses are from the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority and the Philippine Coast Guard

FREE RIDES. There are free shuttle services from MOA to PITX. Photo from DOTr

House approves bill legalizing Angkas, motorcycle taxis

Feb 04, 2019 - 5:40 PM

The bill's approval comes more than a month after ride-hailing app Angkas was barred from operating in the country

LEGAL SOON? Angkas riders join a massive Unity Ride on December 16, 2018 to protest the shut down of their operations permanently. File photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

House OKs bill expanding 20% student fare discount to air, sea transport

Feb 04, 2019 - 5:20 PM

But if the bill is signed into law, postgraduate students and those enrolled in short-term courses would not be qualified for the discount

STUDENT DISCOUNT. The House approves on February 4, 2019 a bill institutionalizing the student fare discount.

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.

Philippine 'jeepney' artists stalked by extinction

Jan 28, 2019 - 1:30 PM

Jeepney artists use to be many and they are slowly disappearing

This picture taken on January 17, 2019 shows jeepneys during rush hour in Manila. Â  - Hand-painting custom decor on jeepneys adorned with images of everything from Batman to babies, as well as disco lights and chrome wheels, have for decades provided cheap transport for millions. But pollution and safety concerns have led to a modernisation programme, with jeepneys 15 years or older to be taken off the streets by 2020. (Photo by Noel CELIS / AFP) / TO GO WITH AFP STORY PHILIPPINES-LIFESTYLE-ART-JEEPNEY,FEATURE BY CECIL MORELLA

36 transport cooperatives newly-accredited for PUV modernization program

Jan 26, 2019 - 6:24 PM

Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade instructs the Office of Transportation Cooperatives to fast-track the approval of accreditation applications for the program

Background photo from DOTr website

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

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

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Jul 05, 2018 - 12:00 PM

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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