public transportation

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

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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

[EDITORIAL] #AnimatED: Tragic rides, drastic steps for the MRT

Nov 20, 2017 - 9:09 AM

The breakdown of the MRT system is a problem that needed solutions yesterday. We should demand they be delivered today.

Commuters share most horrible MRT experiences

Nov 17, 2017 - 12:59 PM

The daily glitches are no longer acceptable, say MRT commuters

#ThewRap: Things you need to know, November 17, 2017

Nov 17, 2017 - 11:00 AM

Hello! Here are the stories you shouldn't miss this Friday.

Tugade says no need to suspend MRT3 operations amid train incidents

Nov 17, 2017 - 10:02 AM

(UPDATED) Barely an hour after transportation officials assure commuters that the MRT3 maintenance team is 'doing all it can' to prevent service disruptions, the train suffers yet another glitch

MRT3 ISSUES. Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade says the MRT3 remains safe for passengers despite accidents that raised safety concerns. Rappler file photo

The buried giant embodied in our trains

Nov 16, 2017 - 9:53 AM

'How many more limbs or arms should be injured for those in power to act on commuters’ safety?'

Smoke forces MRT-3 train to unload passengers

Nov 05, 2017 - 1:47 PM

A northbound train along MRT-3 offloads passengers after smoke was seen inside on one of its coaches

SMOKE. MRT Line 3 offloads passenger after one of the trains was seen emitting smoke. File photo

Include jeepney drivers, passengers in PUV modernization talks – Robredo

Oct 23, 2017 - 6:45 PM

Vice President Leni Robredo says doing so would allow the government to know how stakeholders truly feel about the PUV modernization program and, in turn, explain their decisions to the public

INCLUSION. Vice President Leni Robredo wants stakeholders to be included in the government's talks on the PUV modernization program. Photo by OVP

European Union grants, Trillanes meets Rubio, Brexit | Evening wRap

Oct 19, 2017 - 10:39 PM

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Current PUV modernization program not the answer – think tanks

Oct 19, 2017 - 7:36 PM

IBON Foundation and AGHAM - Advocates for Science and Technology for the People say the program does not address the 'lack of public mass transport system'

PUV MODERNIZATION. Committee of Transportation Chairman Cesar Sarmiento preside the House hearing on briefing by the Department of Transportation (DOTr) on the public utility vehicle (PUV) Modernization Program and on the transport strike led by Pagkakaisa ng mga Samahan ng Tsuper at Operator Nationwide (PISTON) in Congress on Thursday. Photo by Darren Langit

PUV modernization: Planning, readiness issues raised at House hearing

Oct 19, 2017 - 5:53 PM

Transportation officials say President Rodrigo Duterte gave a deadline merely to press the 'urgency' of the PUV modernization program

MODERNIZATION PLAN. DOTR Usec. Artemio Tuazon Jr. (right) and Asec. Mark de Leon (left) attend the Congress Committee of Transportation hearing on briefing by the Department of Transportation (DOTr) on the public utility vehicle (PUV) Modernization Program. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

LTFRB has no timeline yet for PUV modernization program

Oct 19, 2017 - 2:30 PM

In a House briefing, the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board also could not tell lawmakers how many jeepney drivers would be displaced

WHERE'S THE PLAN? Lawmakers press LTFRB Chairperson Atty. Martin Delga lll on the timeline for the government's jeepney modernization plan. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Rappler Talk: Solutions to Metro Manila traffic and road safety issues

Oct 12, 2017 - 1:47 PM

Rappler talks to transportation expert and UP professor Primitivo Cal on possible solutions to traffic and road safety issues in Metro Manila

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