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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

LRT2 resumes operations after collision injured 34

May 19, 2019 - 9:33 AM

(3rd UPDATE) The Light Rail Transit Line 2 is investigating the unprecedented train collision

COLLISION. Two LRT2 trains collide between the Cubao and Anonas station in Quezon City on May 18, 2019. Photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

LRT2 trains collide between Cubao, Anonas stations

May 18, 2019 - 11:29 PM

(UPDATED) The Light Rail Transit Authority says it is investigating the collision

File photo by Aika Rey/Rappler

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

Man carrying grenade arrested at MRT3 Cubao

Feb 24, 2019 - 12:46 PM

(UPDATED) Christian Guzman, 29, is caught at the MRT3 inspection area with a live grenade 'wrapped with packaging tape and placed inside a cellphone box'

CAUGHT WITH GRENADE. Christian Guzman, 29, is caught with a tape-wrapped grenade at MRT3 Cubao station in the evening of February 23, 2019. MRT photo

EU vetoes train-maker merger, drawing France's fury

Feb 06, 2019 - 7:48 PM

(UPDATED) 'The Commission prohibited the merger because the companies were not willing to address our serious competition concerns,' says the EU's powerful antitrust sheriff, Margrethe Vestager

TOP TRAIN MAKER. This file photo taken on November 19, 2009, shows an employee of Alstom walking past locomotives in a testing workshop of French engineering giant Alstom in Belfort, eastern France. Sebastien Bozom/AFP

Malaysia scraps multi-billion dollar China-backed project

Jan 26, 2019 - 2:26 PM

If the project was not terminated, Malaysia would have to pay an annual 500 million ringgit interest payment

MALAYSIA. The Perdana Putra, which is located in Putrajaya, is the seat of power of the Malaysian federal government's executive as it houses the office complex of the Malaysian Prime Minister. Photo by King Rodriguez / Presidential Photo

Makati subway project promises 6,000 jobs

Nov 12, 2018 - 4:05 PM

Here are the features and promises of Makati's Public Rail Transport, which is expected to be completed by 2023

Image from Shutterstock

India train disaster families protest amid anger over safety

Oct 20, 2018 - 8:40 PM

Many of the victims are dismembered beyond recognition and police said it will take several days to complete the identification of the dead

CRASH. Mantu Devi (C) and her son Anil Kumar (4R), brother of Satish Kumar, 11, who was killed when a train ploughed into a crowd of revellers, cry during a cremation ceremony in Amritsar on October 20, 2018. Photo by Narinder Nanu/AFP

Travel from Hong Kong to China with its 1st high-speed railway

Sep 27, 2018 - 8:20 AM

You can now travel from Hong Kong to 44 destinations in Mainland China without changing trains

7 hurt in MRT3 mishap

Sep 26, 2018 - 7:05 AM

(5th UPDATE) One MRT3 worker is seriously injured and may require surgery, says MRT3 management

STALLED. Operations for the Metro Rail Transit Line 3 were stalled early morning September 26, 2018. Photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

Malaysia to shelve China-backed projects worth $22B

Aug 22, 2018 - 7:57 AM

The projects include a railway connecting Malaysia's east coast to southern Thailand and Kuala Lumpur, and two gas pipelines

SHELVED. Malaysia's Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad adjusts his earphones during a joint press conference with China's Premier Li Keqiang (not pictured) at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on August 20, 2018. Photo by How Hwee Young/AFP

Right-of-way issues may delay MRT7 completion

Aug 08, 2018 - 7:00 PM

Transportation officials are appealing the 800% raise in zonal valuation of the 33-hectare lot intended for the Metro Rail Transit Line 7 depot

CONSTRUCTION. The Metro Rail Transit Line 7, currently being constructed, might be further delayed in completion due to issues. Photo by Darren Langit/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

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

Lopsided contract? COA pressures DOTr to justify P65 billion LRT-1 deal

Jul 11, 2018 - 6:41 PM

The Commission on Audit demands the documents from the Light Rail Transit Authority (LRTA), which passes the buck to the Department of Transportation (DOTr)

LRT1. Department of Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade leada the groundbreaking ceremony of the LRT1 Cavite Extension on May 4, 2017. File photo by Chrisee Dela Paz/Rappler

COA flags procurement lapses in LRT-1 Cavite extension housing segment

Jul 11, 2018 - 3:37 PM

The P397-million housing project for informal settlers who will be affected by the LRT-1 Cavite Extension project was awarded without first conducting a feasibility study, says the Commission on Audit

CAVITE EXTENSION. The LRT-1 Cavite Extension project is a P64.9 billion deal for private firm Light Rail Manila Corporation. Photo from the PPP Center

Roxas cleared, Abaya indicted for graft over MRT maintenance mess

Jun 25, 2018 - 12:50 PM

(UPDATED) Ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales finds probable cause to charge former transportation chief Joseph Emilio Abaya with graft for awarding the contract to Busan Universal Rail Incorporated, 'an ineligible and unqualified entity'

MRT MAINTENANCE MESS. Ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales clears former interior secretary Mar Roxas, but indicts former transport secretary Jun Abaya for graft over the MRT maintenance contract.

Free train, P2P rides on Independence Day 2018

Jun 11, 2018 - 2:15 PM

(UPDATED) The PNR, MRT3, and LRT Lines 1 and 2 will give free rides on Independence Day during select times. Certain P2P bus routes will also be free.

LRT2 operator targets better air-conditioning by June

May 29, 2018 - 3:40 PM

The Light Rail Transit Authority says it will go for a quicker solution first, pending the replacement of the air-conditioning units by 2019

POOR AIRCON? LRT2 procures local parts to re-engineer the railway trains' air conditioning units. Photo by Aika Rey/Rappler

LRT1 operator eyes P5 to P7-fare hike

May 22, 2018 - 3:23 PM

(UPDATED) If approved, the fare hike will be rolled out by August 2018, says LRT1 operator Light Rail Manila Corporation

HIKE. Light Rail Manila Corporation (LRMC) CEO Juan Alfonso says the Light Rail Transit Line 1 operator has filed a fare hike petition last March. Photo by Aika Rey/Rappler

Door failure ends MRT's 28-day no-glitch streak

May 22, 2018 - 11:32 AM

After 28 straight days of no glitches for the Metro Rail Transit Line 3, a door failure on Tuesday, May 22, forces the railway system to unload passengers

UNLOADING. Passengers of MRT3 from North Ave. Station stops at Cubao Station on February 20, 2018. File photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Selection of new MRT3 maintenance provider moved to June

May 15, 2018 - 11:55 AM

It will take 31 months and P16.985 billion to restore the Metro Rail Transit Line 3, based on talks between the Department of Transportation and the Japan International Cooperation Agency

NEW SERVICE PROVIDER. MRT3 has been encountering numerous malfunctions in recent years due to substandard maintenance and underinvestment in system renewal requirements. Photo by JR Belardo/Rappler

Heavier traffic expected in parts of Quezon City due to MRT7 construction

Apr 29, 2018 - 8:35 PM

Motorists and commuters who pass through Regalado Highway, the Tandang Sora Avenue-Commonwealth Avenue intersection, and North Avenue will be affected

Heavy traffic in parts of QC expected starting April 30 – MMDA. The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) said motorists should expect heavy traffic in Quezon City with the closure of several roads due to the construction of the Metro Rail Transit 7 (MRT-7). One-way traffic would be implemented on Regalado, from Mindanao Avenue to Commonwealth Avenue, for the construction of a coping beam and starting on May 1, the contractors will start working on the construction of MRT-7 Tandang Sora station at the intersection of Commonwealth and Tandang Sora Avenue. Photo by DARREN LANGIT

Soldiers to get free MRT rides starting April 25

Apr 23, 2018 - 7:35 PM

Active military personnel should present their IDs to get free rides, under a one-year deal between the Armed Forces of the Philippines and the Department of Transportation

MRT, LRT ticketing machines now accept new peso coins

Apr 17, 2018 - 5:40 PM

Commuters can already use the newly designed P1, P5, and P10 coins at ticket vending machines of the MRT3, LRT1, and LRT2

NEW COINS. The ticketing vending machine at MRT3 and LRT Lines 1 and 2 now accepts the newly-issued BSP coins. File photo by Chrisee Dela Paz/Rappler

MRT3 ordered to sue passengers forcibly opening train doors

Apr 15, 2018 - 11:12 AM

'I told MRT to file cases and collect damages from them,' says Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade

TRANSPORTATION CHIEF. Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade conducts an inspection of the MRT3 spare parts warehouse on March 29, 2018. File photo from the DOTr

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

MRT3 operations director accuses GM Garcia of assaulting him

Apr 06, 2018 - 5:47 PM

(UPDATED) MRT3 Director for Operations Mike Capati says he was physically assaulted in front of DOTr Usec TJ Batan and representatives from Australia Aid and ADB

'ASSAULTED'. MRT Director for Operations Mike Capati (L) says he was assaulted by MRT General Manager Rodolfo Garcia (R) in front of DOTr Usec TJ Batan (C) and representatives from international agencies. File 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

#ThewRap: Things you need to know, March 28, 2018

Mar 28, 2018 - 1:34 PM

Hello! Here's a roundup of news you need to know this Wednesday.

KIM'S FIRST TRIP ABROAD. This video grab taken from footage released by China Central Television (CCTV) on March 28, 2018 shows Chinese President Xi Jinping (R) and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un shaking hands during their meeting in Beijing on March 27, 2018. AFP PHOTO / CCTV

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

Free LRT1 rides for women with disabilities on Monday, March 26

Mar 24, 2018 - 1:11 PM

This is in celebration of Women with Disabilities Day observed on the last Monday of March

Light Rail Manila Corporation on May 29, 2017. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

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

NAIA Consortium wants to link airport to Metro Manila Subway, LRT1

Mar 21, 2018 - 6:40 PM

Part of the consortium's proposal is a transit system or 'people mover' that would connect the Ninoy Aquino International Airport to the planned Metro Manila Subway and existing Light Rail Transit Line 1

PEOPLE MOVER. A Philippine consortium teams up with Singapore's Changi Airports, which would provide technical support in master planning, operations optimization, and commercial development. Image from Aboitiz Corporate Communications

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

Aguirre: No proof of human intervention in MRT3 train detachment

Mar 13, 2018 - 3:20 PM

Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II says the detachment of a train coach in November 2017 was 'purely accidental'

HQ. NBI, PNP, and AFP holds a press conference at the NBI Headquarters on March 12, 2018. Photo by Rambo Talabong/Rappler

Meet the women drivers of MRT3

Mar 11, 2018 - 11:54 AM

'Just show them that you can do it even if they say you can't 'just because you're a woman.' Nobody can stop you,' says one of the first female MRT drivers

WOMEN. Mannielene "Yen" Jose and Maria Virginia Manuel are the first women drivers of the Metro Rail Transit Line 3. 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

Metro Pacific net income rises by 15% in 2017

Mar 01, 2018 - 6:45 PM

The increase to P13.2 billion in 2017, from P11.5 billion in 2016, is largely due to Meralco and Global Business Power

Tugade urges public: Don't rush use of Dalian trains on MRT3

Mar 01, 2018 - 2:39 PM

Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade urges the public to wait for the final assessment of the Dalian trains, due on March 10

WOES. Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade answers questions from the media during the 2018 Transportation Summit on March 1, 2018. Photo by Aika Rey/Rappler

Regalado Highway in Quezon City to be partially closed for 5 hours

Feb 26, 2018 - 1:40 PM

A portion of the highway will be closed beginning 11 pm on Monday, February 26, until 4 am on Tuesday, February 27, due to construction of the MRT7

ROAD CONGESTION. Construction of the Metro Rail Transit Line 7 (MRT7) brings heavy traffic. Rappler file photo

Alternating road closures along Marcos Highway due to LRT2 construction

Feb 24, 2018 - 2:27 PM

Private contractor DMCI Holdings, Incorporated will begin on Sunday, February 25, its construction of the coping beam at the LRT2 Emerald Station in Cainta, Rizal

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

Expert says Dalian trains 'not overweight' for MRT3 tracks

Feb 20, 2018 - 8:15 PM

The unused trains for the Metro Rail Transit Line 3 are brought up as the Senate resumes its probe into the status of the glitch-plagued railway system

NOT OVERWEIGHT. Rolf Bieri, former MRT3 maintenance contractor, said that the Dalian trains are within the allowed limit of train tracks in a Senate Hearing on February 20, 2018. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

LIVE: Senate hearing on MRT3 issues

Feb 20, 2018 - 2:31 PM

Watch the hearing live on Rappler

Passengers walk along MRT3 tracks due to braking failure

Feb 20, 2018 - 7:46 AM

According to the MRT3 management, the glitch is caused by electrical failure in the train's braking system

WALK. Passengers walk along the tracks of the MRT3. Screengrab from Farrah Cold Wind's Facebook video

Power glitches affect MRT3 ops twice in one day

Feb 19, 2018 - 8:16 AM

(UPDATED) The MRT3 starts operations nearly 1 1/2 hours late, and later implements provisional service between Shaw to Taft Avenue stations, due to power failures

LONG LINES. Hundreds of MRT3 passengers stranded at the North Avenue station in EDSA, Quezon City on Monday, February 19, 2018, after a delay of operation by almost two hours due to line power supply failure. Photo by DARREN LANGIT