public transportation

WATCH: How Uber got suspended and why it matters

Sep 01, 2017 - 9:33 PM

Who was wrong in the Uber saga? What does the controversy say about the country s transportation problems?

A day without Uber

Aug 29, 2017 - 9:49 AM

How were the last two weeks for you?

Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

Try as it might, LTFRB can’t repeal the law of supply and demand

Aug 19, 2017 - 8:30 AM

To improve the welfare of the riding public don’t kill a new industry that many people have come to love and depend on

Uber is not perfect, and we should not be afraid to point that out

Aug 16, 2017 - 5:41 PM

If we continue to push for solutions that only benefit a fraction of the public then we continue to be part of the problem

An Uber driver's fear: That's my only source of income

Aug 15, 2017 - 7:41 PM

What if LTFRB s suspension of the transport network company extends beyond 30 days?

Higher auto taxes, poor mass transport a 'lose-lose situation' for the public

Aug 02, 2017 - 5:40 PM

Minahalan mo sasakyan di inayos mass transit kawawa dito commuters natin says Senator Sherwin Gatchalian

Photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

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

Let us go beyond #WeWantUberGrab

Jul 18, 2017 - 1:50 PM

What I support is a more comprehensive campaign that calls for better public transportation that benefits everyone – commuters and drivers alike

Traveler recounts Igorot discrimination incident by bus company

Apr 22, 2017 - 9:00 AM

UPDATED Napeek s Facebook post about a bus of Solid North Transport Incorporated sparks action from the LTFRB

A FELLOW TRAVELER. In this Facebook screenshot, Aldrin Napeek takes a snapshot of a fellow Igorot in traditional garb waiting for the bus.

Traveling ASEAN: transport systems around Southeast Asia

Apr 20, 2017 - 12:00 PM

Buses trains tricycles tuk tuks: how do people get around in the 10 countries that make up ASEAN?

LOCAL TRANSPORT. Cars and tuk-tuk ride past a row of ASEAN member countries' flags in the Laos capital of Vientiane on July 23, 2016. Photo by Hoang Dinh Nam/AFP

#ThewRap: Things you need to know, March 2, 2017

Mar 02, 2017 - 11:09 AM

Hello Here s a roundup of news you need to know this Thursday

Free rides on Jan 8-9 as P2P buses resume services

Jan 07, 2017 - 6:27 PM

Point to point buses are set to resume regular operations on Tuesday January 10

PREMIUM BUS. The two double decker point-to-point luxury buses about to start their route from SM North EDSA in Quezon City to Glorietta 5 in Makati City. File photo by Joel Liporada/Rappler

LTFRB explains suspension of P2P bus service

Jan 07, 2017 - 11:08 AM

LTFRB asks for the understanding of users of the bus service and assures them that it will be restored once Froelich complies with the requirements

NONSTOP SERVICE. The point-to-point buses aim to provide commuters with a comfortable and faster riding experience. Photo from LTFRB

LTFRB suspends point-to-point bus services

Jan 06, 2017 - 11:15 PM

UPDATED On Saturday January 7 P2P Premium Bus System says it will be giving free rides from January 8 to 9 before resuming regular operations on January 10

P2P BUSES. One of Froehlich Tours' point-to-point buses. Screen shot from Facebook.

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

Free LRT1 rides for senior citizens, PWDs this Christmas

Dec 04, 2016 - 9:40 PM

The free rides will be available on all weekends and holidays from December 3 2016 to January 8 2017 in all LRT1 stations

EXTENSION. The LRT1 has an average daily ridership of 400,000 commuters from Baclaran in Pasay City to Roosevelt in Quezon City. Screenshot from Rappler

Bill seeks to institutionalize public transport discount for students

Aug 27, 2016 - 8:30 AM

House Bill No 72 seeks to give students up to the age of 30 a 20 discount on all public transportation during the school year including weekends and holidays

20% OFF. Quezon City 5th District Representative Alfred Vargas III wants to institutionalize student fare discounts.

LTFRB defends ban on UV Express routes along EDSA

Aug 01, 2016 - 10:42 AM

LTFRB chairman Martin Delgra III says UV Express shuttles have not been given franchises to use the major thoroughfare in their point to point route

BANNED. The LTFRB signed the Memorandum Circular No. 2016-009 which banned UV Express shuttles from traversing EDSA, except when crossing the major thoroughfare.

Trial run: LRT1 to extend operating hours for a month

Jul 07, 2016 - 3:05 PM

If the test run will show an interest from the public then we would be pleased to do a more detailed study to make it permanent the chief of Light Rail Manila says

EXTENSION. LRT1 currently has an average daily ridership of 400,000 commuters from Baclaran in Pasay City to Roosevelt in Quezon City. Screenshot image from Rappler

The promise and pitfalls of Pasig City's new bus line

Jul 06, 2016 - 10:27 AM

What are the problems and potentials of the newly launched bus service in Pasig City?

FREE RIDES. The Pasig City government launches its free bus ride service around the central business district. Photo by Martin San Diego/Rappler

How German schools teach climate change, sustainable transport

Jun 17, 2016 - 1:34 PM

Students in Berlin and Hamburg learn everything from urban gardening to safely using public transportation on their own

THE EARTH'S CYCLES. Grade 5 students at the Gustav Falke School in Berlin, Germany explain how the small pond they made helps them learn about climate change. All photos by Pia Ranada/Rappler

VIRAL: Youth choir surprises LRT passengers with serenade

Jun 07, 2016 - 2:50 PM

Sing Philippines Youth Choir says the goal of the flash mob was to promote the beauty of chorale music and arts to the public

Roads, poverty and the 2016 elections

Apr 05, 2016 - 7:00 AM

Will you vote for leaders who can plan better and are more transparent about road projects?

Photo by Franz Lopez/Rappler

Yes, Pedro, we need to modernize the jeepney

Mar 08, 2016 - 2:22 PM

The former icon of Philippine culture is not something to be proud of anymore It has lost its luster It has turned into a symbol of decay and neglect

OLD VS NEW. the traditional jeepney running on fuel (left) alongside an e-jeepney. Photo by Rommel T. Juan

Engineers racing to fix LRT1

Feb 27, 2016 - 4:07 PM

Aiming to rehabilitate and upgrade the 20 stations of the dilapidated Light Rail Transit Line 1 in 18 months over 1 200 engineers and staff are preparing for the future

Jeepney fare rollback implemented in Western Visayas

Feb 02, 2016 - 2:57 PM

The rollback of taxi fares is still under deliberation says LTFRB VI Director Romulo Bernardes

ROLLBACK. Jeepney fare in Bacolod City and other parts of Western Visayas is now P6.50 for regular passengers and P5 for students, elderly, and persons with disabilities. Photo by Glazyl Masculino/Rappler

Taxi driver goes viral for being nice

Jan 17, 2016 - 5:00 PM

There are still good ones left in Manila s big basket of bad apples after all

TAXI DRIVER. Eugenio Ventura's photo has gone viral on Facebook after a satisfied passenger praised him online. Photo from Rommel Lopez' Facebook.

Tricycles for the disabled a dream come true in Marikina

Jan 13, 2016 - 5:59 PM

The office of Vice Mayor Jose Cadiz is working on a software like Uber and GrabCar so that PWDs can just be picked up from specific points

DREAM COME TRUE. Marikina's PWD tricycle serves as hope for disabled persons to finally be able to explore their city, hassle-free.

MMDA, HPG to apprehend private cars using EDSA bus lanes

Jan 13, 2016 - 9:53 AM

Starting January 18 private vehicles will be caught if they use bus lanes on EDSA southbound Shaw to Guadalupe

HEAVY TRAFFIC. Starting January 18, private vehicles using the yellow bus lanes on EDSA will be apprehended. Rappler file photo

Suggestions to solve Manila's traffic woes

Dec 29, 2015 - 7:49 PM

The current transportation bottleneck is something that should concern every Filipino

CA rejects petition vs P10 provisional taxi fare rollback

Dec 20, 2015 - 1:49 PM

The appellate court says the pending case should first be resolved by the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board

File photo by Rappler

APEC week: LRT, MRT, PNR on regular operations

Nov 16, 2015 - 11:49 AM

Metro Manila s train networks will observe regular schedules with roads closed for APEC week

REGULAR SCHEDULE. The MRT and LRT will observe regular schedules this week, while the PNR will have holiday schedules on November 18 and 19. LRT image via Shutterstock, MRT photo by Jay Directo/AFP

Lawmaker wants stiffer penalties for colorum PUVs

Oct 30, 2015 - 6:05 PM

Several bus operators abuse the high demand for land transportation during All Saints Day

UNDAS WEEKEND. Many Metro Manila dwellers are going home to their provinces for the weekend to visit their loved ones' graves.

Should we stand on right and walk on the left side of escalators?

Oct 04, 2015 - 4:12 PM

It’s a general rule of thumb But why isn’t this being practiced in the Philippines especially in public train stations?

Metro Manila has ‘worst traffic on Earth’ – Waze

Oct 01, 2015 - 1:56 PM

The 2015 Global Driver Satisfaction Index conducted by the navigation app Waze reveals that the Philippines is among the countries with the worst driving experiences

File photo by Kevin de la Cruz / Rappler

VIRAL: Jeepney driver returns iPhone to owner

Sep 23, 2015 - 5:26 PM

A young woman accidentally leaves her iPhone on the jeepney Guess who returns it?

DOTC invites foreign rail experts to maintain MRT3

Sep 15, 2015 - 4:21 PM

The Department of Transportation and Communications says it targets to award the P4 3 billion 91 95 million MRT3 maintenance contract in October

BRINGING GLOBAL EXPERTISE. Aside from the 4 groups, MRT3's Roman Buenafe says 3 more foreign companies bought bid documents for the maintenance contract

#AnimatED: Solving traffic beyond show of force

Sep 14, 2015 - 9:00 AM

The government should find a more comprehensive systematic and lasting solution to a seemingly lasting problem

Heavy rains leave many stranded, forced to walk home

Sep 09, 2015 - 12:45 AM

As of this posting traffic remains to be a problem for Metro Manila commuters trying to get home

Want better public transit in Metro Manila? Organize!

Sep 05, 2015 - 10:08 AM

Sick and tired of feeling like a second class citizen every time you ride the bus or train? Time to unite fellow straphangers

CROWDED. Getting on the MRT is a test of endurance. Photo from Dinna Dayao

We need to 'idiot proof' our roads – business group

Aug 27, 2015 - 5:20 PM

A short term traffic solution is to appoint a traffic czar devoted to fixing road congestion the Management Association of the Philippines says

Lawyer to netizens: Read up on LTFRB-Uber issue

Aug 16, 2015 - 3:04 PM

How should the government deal with alternative transportation services like Uber?

#CommuterWatch: 'Choosy' taxi drivers and other transport woes

Aug 15, 2015 - 8:03 PM

Netizens weigh in on the MRT problem and the controversy regarding regular taxis and Transport Network Vehicle Services

LONG LINES. Commuters at the Roosevelt station line up to buy single journey tickets. Photo by Jee Geronimo/Rappler

Carmageddon: Why are there so many cars in Metro Manila?

Aug 15, 2015 - 7:25 PM

In the evening a cursory look at a mobile navigation app will show the Metro’s highways and streets splattered with blood red lines indicating heavy traffic

Letter to DOTC, LTFRB: We're the ones braving the harsh streets of Manila

Aug 14, 2015 - 2:05 PM

Times are changing And we need our government agencies to keep up We all understand the need for regulation so long as it not at the cost of innovation

GRIDLOCK. Traffic along NLEX in Balintawak, Caloocan City on September 5, 2014. File photo by Kevin de la Cruz/Rappler

What should we expect from DOTC 2016 proposed budget?

Aug 09, 2015 - 1:43 PM

DOTC proposes P15 7 billion to address the problems plaguing the country s public railway system

 Mark Z. Saludes

Palace: Aquino administration should get ‘high grade’

Jul 27, 2015 - 1:46 PM

Is the glass half empty or half full? Instead of complaining why is the glass not full we should see that it is becoming more full says Palace Communications Secretary Sonny Coloma in Filipino

Broken or Delivered Promises? President Benigno Aquino III still has a lot to do to deliver his promises in his 2010 campaign.

[Dash of SAS] Learned helplessness and coping with the MRT

Jul 23, 2015 - 1:10 PM

We can continue challenging our legislators to take public transportation every day until they show some empathy and listen until they stop ignoring the problem and address it

Corruption at the LTO, LTFRB: Fixers and bribes

Jul 12, 2015 - 10:30 AM

Part 2: LTO admits there is no centralized database for old and new plates It however says LTO and Stradcom are working on it

Corruption at LTO, LTFRB: Unfit drivers, vehicles on the road

Jul 11, 2015 - 10:00 PM

Part 1: A number of schemes abound at the LTO and LTFRB allowing unfit drivers and public vehicles on the road compromising public safety

CARNAGE. Rescue workers extract the bodies of still unidentified persons from the wrecked bus in December, 2013. Photo by EPA/Francis Malasig