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DOTr considers blacklisting MRT3 maintenance provider

Oct 04, 2017 - 6:40 PM

This is on top of the Department of Transportation's plan to terminate Busan Universal Rail Incorporated's maintenance contract for the MRT3

SQUABBLE. A transportation official says MRT3 maintenance contract 'was void from the beginning,' and that the department is now awaiting for report verification by MRT3 to cancel the contract. Photo from LRT spokesman Hernando Cabrera

India rail minister orders safety upgrades as toll rises to 23

Sep 30, 2017 - 9:17 PM

The stampede on a railway footbridge in Mumbai has raised new safety questions about one of the world's biggest rail networks

RAILWAY BRIDGE STAMPEDE. Indian pedestrians walk through the scene of a stampede on a railway bridge in Mumbai on September 29, 2017. Photo by Punit Paranjpe/AFP

Mumbai commuter stampede leaves at least 22 dead

Sep 29, 2017 - 4:27 PM

Dozens of people took shelter on the bridge during a sudden monsoon downpour and the deadly crush started as they emerged all at once, Indian Railways spokesman Anil Saxena says

Teen dies after being hit by PNR train in Manila

Sep 20, 2017 - 11:26 AM

Grade 10 student John Genesis Munsayac Jr, who wore a headset, suddenly appeared on the northbound track and did not notice the approaching train, says PNR General Manager Junn Magno

SIDESWIPED. A Philippine National Railways train sideswiped a man early Wednesday, September 20. Photo from Wikipedia

Megawide's proposed East-West Railway to cost $1 billion

Sep 18, 2017 - 4:50 PM

The railway would be an elevated 9.4-kilometer train line from Diliman, Quezon City to Lerma, Manila

FIRST RAIL DEAL. Megawide will exercise its option to buy up to 60% of the equity of East-West Railway Project upon incorporation of special purpose vehicle. Photo courtesy of Megawide

NEDA Board approves Metro Manila Subway, longest railway

Sep 12, 2017 - 7:30 PM

UPDATED These big ticket projects will be funded via official development assistance ODA from either China or Japan

BETTER TRANSPORT. These big-ticket projects form part of Mega Manila Dream Plan, a transport network roadmap seen to decongest the country’s capital. Images courtesy of www.build.gov.ph

Busan Universal Rail calls DOTr's move to end contract 'unfair'

Aug 28, 2017 - 9:35 PM

The Korean Filipino maintenance service provider says it should not be blamed for every MRT3 glitch but transportation official Cesar Chavez says most train issues are due to poor maintenance

'UNFAIR.' The Depertment of Transportation is set to terminate the contract with Busan Universal Rail Incorporated (BURI) for the rising number of train service interruptions. BURI calls this move 'unfair.' Rappler graphic by Nico Villarete

Ayala to join Metro Pacific in MRT3 rehab proposal

Aug 11, 2017 - 5:15 PM

The two conglomerates are also partners in the operations maintenance and upgrade of LRT1

Isko Moreno is chairman of North Luzon Railways Corp

Jul 19, 2017 - 3:32 PM

The former Manila vice mayor was nominated for the post by no less than President Rodrigo Duterte

First Metro, UA&P lower Philippine GDP forecast due to slow spending

Jul 05, 2017 - 8:05 PM

Economists express concern over infrastructure projects warning that changing modes of implementation midway would lead to delays and slower growth

FORECAST. First Metro and UA&P have trimmed their Philippine economic growth forecast for 2017

Mindanao Railway construction starts in 2018

Jul 03, 2017 - 7:55 PM

The big ticket infrastructure project has seen 4 Philippine presidents come and go Under the country s first Mindanaoan president its construction is approved

LEGACY PROJECT. When Duterte assumed presidency a year ago, he announced the Mindanao Railway Network will be his first big project. Image from build.gov.ph

Major railways, national transport policy get NEDA Board approval

Jun 28, 2017 - 6:10 PM

For majority of the approved infrastructure projects the mode of financing is changed from public private partnership PPP to official development assistance ODA

11 DEALS. Some of the projects approved are major railways and an airport expansion deal. Photo by Malacanang

PH's longest railway to get funding from Japan, possibly China

Jun 26, 2017 - 8:15 PM

UPDATED The Manila Clark and Manila Laguna lines will be funded by the Japan International Cooperation Agency while the Department of Transportation is eyeing China for the Laguna Sorsogon line

LONGEST RAILWAY. This would run from Clark in Pampanga all the way to Sorsogon , Bicol. Rappler file photo

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Jun 26, 2017 - 9:54 AM

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17 stations of Manila-Clark Railway announced

Jun 25, 2017 - 10:35 PM

UPDATED The Department of Transportation says it aims to start the construction of the railway system in the last quarter of 2017 and finish it by 2021

CUT TRAVEL TIME. With this rail project, the transportation department aims to cut the two-hour travel time from Manila to Clark to 55 minutes. Rappler file photo

LRT1 operator completes restoration, vows more daily rides soon

Jun 07, 2017 - 4:25 PM

Light Rail Manila Corporation will be able to increase trips to 554 from the current 498 daily

BETTER RIDES. The restoration of 25 LRVs has expanded the current fleet of LRT1 to 102 from 77 when the company took over the operations of the railway in 2015. Photo from Light Rail Manila Corporation

Eyeing growth boost, Kenya opens Chinese-built railway

May 31, 2017 - 7:13 PM

The railway is part of a master plan by east African leaders to connect their nations by rail

GRAND LAUNCH. Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta flags off a cargo train, as it leaves the container terminal for its inaugural journey to Nairobi, at the port of the coastal town of Mombasa on May 30, 2017. Tony Karumba/AFP

Coming in 2018: LRT2's Masinag and Emerald stations

May 30, 2017 - 9:00 PM

Set to be completed in August 2018 the two additional stations are designed to accommodate 80 000 more passengers daily during the first 5 years of operations

Will China help the Philippines achieve its railway dreams?

May 13, 2017 - 6:38 PM

China has the world s largest high speed railway network The Philippines meanwhile is hoping to get aid to boost its infrastructure

Photo by Acor Arceo/Rappler

2 dead as accident closes Italy-Austria rail line

Apr 26, 2017 - 6:12 PM

A giant tamping machine slips off its breaks and collides with another piece of heavy equipment causing a powerful explosion

Big role for private firms in gov't infra push – Cabinet

Apr 26, 2017 - 12:14 AM

The promised funds from China and Japan have led the Philippine government to call off some big PPP bids but the private sector still has a big role to play in infrastructure projects

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Apr 25, 2017 - 4:43 PM

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Duterte administration details 'ambitious' infra plan

Apr 18, 2017 - 9:35 PM

A railway connecting the cities of Davao Surigao and Cagayan de Oro as well as a subway linking Quezon City Mandaluyong Pasig and Taguig are part of the government s basket of solutions to address the country s poor infrastructure

'POVERTY TRAP.' 'We need to undertake these investments for the sake of the next generation of Filipinos – or else they will remain in the same poverty trap that we found ourselves in,' Finance Secretary Dominguez says. Photo from Malacanang

LRT, MRT, PNR schedules: Holy Week 2017

Apr 07, 2017 - 9:25 AM

LRT 1 and 2 MRT 3 and PNR will undergo maintenance works from Maundy Thursday to Easter Sunday

File LRT image from Shutterstock; MRT photo by Jay Directo/Agence France-Presse

ArthaLand, China Railway, Knusford Berhad partner for Cebu infra deal

Feb 27, 2017 - 7:30 PM

The partnership is for the development of a 166 million 38 storey office building in Cebu

CEBU VENTURE. Under the agreement, China Railway Dongfang Group and Knusford Berhand will form a joint venture company in the Philippines with ArthaLand to execute the development of Cebu Exchange project. Rappler file photo

Coming soon: Train ride from Tutuban to Malolos in 35 minutes

Feb 22, 2017 - 5:35 PM

The 38 kilometer railway which promises a safe speedy and sustainable mode of transportation is expected to begin construction in 2019 with operations eyed between 2021 and 2022

35 MINUTES. Travel time from Tutuban in Manila to Malolos, Bulacan will only take 35 minutes once the North-South Commuter Rail Project is completed. Photo from the JICA YouTube channel

Mindanao Railway project approaches rollout

Jan 16, 2017 - 12:42 PM

Another project that could be given the green light to start procurement is the Panay Guimaras Negros bridge that is estimated to cost P21 67 billion

SPUR DEVELOPMENT. A railway in Mindanao and an inter-island bridge connecting Panay, Guimaras, and Negros will be up for NEDA Board approval. Rappler file photo

SBMA proposes P100-B expressway-railway from Manila to Subic

Dec 18, 2016 - 8:00 PM

The SBMA chief wants the financing of the proposed multi modal coastal highway to be under the Philippine China Framework of Cooperation

MULTI-MODAL. According to Diño, the proposed multi-modal 100-kilometer (km) coastal highway has already gained support from Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade. Rappler file photo

2016 Christmas schedules for LRT, MRT, PNR

Dec 05, 2016 - 1:30 PM

2nd UPDATE Here s a list of operating hours of public train systems in December

Rescuers end search for India train survivors as toll hits 146

Nov 21, 2016 - 2:51 PM

3rd UPDATE Another 179 people are being treated in hospital 60 of whom are in a serious condition a spokesman for Indian railways says

Rescue workers search for survivors in the wreckage of a derailed train near Pukhrayan in Kanpur district on November 20, 2016. Sanjay Kanojia/AFP

At least 120 killed as Indian train derails

Nov 20, 2016 - 12:11 PM

7th UPDATE Hundreds of army and police are on the scene where rescue workers are scrambling to reach the victims

Indian rescue workers search for survivors in the wreckage of a train that derailed near Pukhrayan in Kanpur district on November 20, 2016. AFP photo

Philippines shopping for 'nice' China-funded infra deals

Nov 17, 2016 - 8:25 PM

The country s first subway a massive Northern Mindanao railway and a Tutuban Sorsogon train system are just some of the infrastructure projects the Philippine government plans to fund via official development assistance ODA from China

INFRA SHOPPING. 'We think there is an excess capacity in China because there is not much infrastructure projects there. We are really shopping for nice projects,' Budget chief Benjamin Diokno says. File photo by Rappler

Duterte gov't calls off auction for South Line of North-South Railway

Nov 17, 2016 - 12:30 PM

UPDATED Budget Secretary Benjamin Diokno says the Tutuban Sorsogon railway will now be financed through official development assistance ODA from China or Japan

BIGGEST RAILWAY. Phase 2 of the North-South Commuter Railway will connect Tutuban in Manila to the southern peripheries of Metro Manila and a long-haul network to the Bicol region. Photo from pnr.gov.ph

NEDA board approves Tutuban-Sorsogon railway, 7 other projects

Nov 15, 2016 - 10:00 AM

UPDATED The board chaired by President Rodrigo Duterte also discusses guidelines for processing China assisted infrastructure projects

TALKING INFRA. President Rodrigo Duterte presides over the board meeting with the National Economic Development Authority (NEDA) at the State Dining Hall inside the Malacañang Palace on November 14, 2016. Photo by SIMEON CELI JR/Presidential Photo

A Brown, MTD Philippines team up for new PNR East-West Rail proposal

Nov 13, 2016 - 10:35 PM

Systra Philippines – a member of France based rail expert Systra Group – is providing technical assistance for A Brown s consortium

LRT-MRT CONNECTION. The East-West Rail Project was prepared by East-West Rail Transit Corporation, a group formed by A Brown and Private Equity Investment and Development Corporation. Photo by Adrian Portugal/Rappler

Dominguez: Questionable firms banned from PH infra auctions

Nov 02, 2016 - 8:50 PM

Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez III says the Philippines will ask China to designate and accredit Chinese companies which can bid for infrastructure projects

PROPER BIDDING. '[T]hese projects will be bid out and of course, if a company is not acceptable in the international field, they will not be able to bid for the project,' Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez III. Photo by King Rodriguez/Presidential Photo

Palace: No 'commitments' made to shady Chinese companies

Oct 28, 2016 - 4:55 PM

The MOUs with Chinese companies one of them banned by the World Bank are still subject to public hearings and necessary processes says Presidential Spokesman Ernesto Abella

DEALS IN CHINA. A Duterte baller is auctioned off at an event of the Philippine-China Business Delegation at the Grand Beijing Hotel in Beijing, China on October 20. Photo by KING RODRIGUEZ/Presidential Photo

'Shady track records' hound PH-China infra firms

Oct 26, 2016 - 8:05 PM

UPDATED But the Bases Conversion Development Authority BCDA clarifies that the memoranda signed with these Chinese companies are only meant for feasibility studies

MURKY DETAILS. A Philippine senator, lawmaker, and a group of former senior government officials (FSGO) have raised concerns over the Chinese firms designated to spearhead the new projects as well as the processes these deals. Traffic photo by Joel Liporada/Rappler

Alvarez: No improvement in traffic, trains after 100 days under Duterte

Oct 03, 2016 - 3:50 PM

Despite dismay over traffic Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez still praises President Rodrigo Duterte for his overall performance during his first 100 days in office

NOT ENOUGH? Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez is unhappy with how the Duterte administration is moving to address traffic so far. File photos by Rappler

Tiongkok optimistis proyek kereta api cepat Jakarta-Bandung selesai tepat waktu

Sep 11, 2016 - 6:17 PM

Proyek kereta cepat itu kini menghadapi dua kendala yakni visa bagi tenaga ahli dan pembebasan lahan

KERETA CEPAT. Armada kereta cepat yang dibuat oleh perusahaan China Railway di Tiongkok. Proyek serupa kini tengah dikerjakan di Indonesia untuk rute Jakarta-Bandung. Foto oleh Uni Lubis/Rappler

With emergency powers, lighter Metro Manila traffic by 2019

Aug 25, 2016 - 6:43 PM

Emergency powers will allow the faster implementation of over P207 billion worth of infrastructure projects to ease traffic transportation officials say

FASTER IMPLEMENTATION. Transportation Undersecretary Noel Kintanar says emergency powers will help the department implement faster its over P207-billion worth of infrastructure projects. Photos by Chrisee Dela Paz/Rappler

EDSA bus rapid transit, Mindanao railway up for NEDA approval

Aug 23, 2016 - 3:29 PM

The south line of the North South Railway set to connect Metro Manila and Bicol also awaits NEDA board approval in September

AFP file photo

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Aug 19, 2016 - 1:15 PM

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China, Japan, Korea keen on funding Mindanao railway project

Aug 18, 2016 - 8:55 PM

The proposed 2 000 kilometer Mindanao wide railway is currently undergoing a feasibility study

Japan eyes 'safe, punctual' trains for Philippines

Aug 12, 2016 - 3:03 PM

Japan s P110 billion loan for the Malolos Tutuban railway is one of the biggest Japanese yen loans ever

PRIDE OF JAPAN. This photo taken on June 8, 2016, shows a Shinkansen bullet train running in Tokyo, Japan. The Japanese train system is known for its safety and punctuality, an official says. Photo by Franck Robichon/EPA

Beep cards expand to tollways

Aug 11, 2016 - 11:14 AM

AF Payments Incorporated starts its limited public trial on accepting beep cards as payment at CAVITEX for the toll fees of Class 1 vehicles

TOLLWAYS. AF Payments says beep cards can be purchased or reloaded at the Parañaque Customer Service Center during the public trial phase. Rappler file photo

5-day strike disrupts London commuter trains

Aug 08, 2016 - 6:48 PM

The RMT union calls the strike to protest plans to downgrade the role of the conductor on Southern Trains causing cancellations across the network

Station manager 'not only one to blame' for deadly Italy crash

Jul 14, 2016 - 4:30 PM

UPDATED A train station manager takes partial blame for a deadly head on collision that claimed at least 23 lives in one of Italy s worst rail accidents

A photo shows the wreckage of a train after a head-on collision between two trains, near Corato, in the southern Italian region of Puglia on July 12, 2016. Mario Laporta/AFP

Railways are not the way out of Manila traffic mess – expert

Jul 07, 2016 - 8:15 PM

Putting in more railways is important but should not be the priority because they take time says transportation expert Rene Santiago