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Ayala, Metro Pacific slammed for LRT1 extension, FTI construction delays

Aug 14, 2019 - 10:27 AM

Cavite 7th District Representative Boying Remulla says the Paranaque Integrated Terminal Exchange would have been 'viable' if not for these construction delays

HOLD CONCESSIONAIRES ACCOUNTABLE. Cavite Representative Boying Remulla talks about commuters' problems during a Senate hearing on August 13, 2019. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Cost of Mindanao Railway Phase 1 jumps by 130% to P82.9 billion

Jul 16, 2019 - 7:50 AM

Socioeconomic Planning Secretary Ernesto Pernia previously told reporters that the project would be funded by China, but there is no deal yet

Philippines, ADB sign $1.3-B loan deal for Malolos-Clark Railway

Jul 11, 2019 - 5:25 PM

The Malolos-Clark Railway is seen to cut travel time from Manila to the Clark International Airport to less than an hour

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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

Philippines' first hybrid train makes inaugural run

Apr 24, 2019 - 7:29 PM

Rides start on May 6

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

Victory Liner set to demolish 80 houses in Marcoville

Apr 06, 2019 - 10:31 PM

Victory Liner is demanding the United Marcoville Barangay Residents Association to leave their premises

PACC eyes graft, gross misconduct charges vs PNR chief Junn Magno

Apr 01, 2019 - 2:55 PM

The Presidential Anti-Corruption Commission says the 'illegal' use of P50.9 million in railway funds as payment for security services constitutes technical malversation

ADMIN CHARGES. The Presidential Anti-Corruption Commission finds prima facie evidence to formally charge PNR General Manager Junn Magno (L) of graft and gross misconduct. Photo from PNR

Aquino hits loan deals with China: 'Can't we pity ourselves this time?'

Mar 27, 2019 - 12:00 PM

Former president Benigno Aquino III compares the Duterte government's deals with China to the botched Northrail project during the Arroyo administration

WARNING. Former president Benigno Aquino III weighed in on the Philippine-China deals in an ambush interview in Cebu City on March 26, 2019. Screenshot by Rappler

Traffic-choked Jakarta inaugurates mass rapid transit system

Mar 24, 2019 - 6:15 PM

The 16-kilometer line opens to the public on Monday, March 25, with tickets free during the first week

A Jakarta's Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) waits for passengers after it opened for the first time to the public on March 12, 2019. - The project, which is considered the first phase of the city's MRT line, is 16 kilometres long which stretches from the capital's landmark Hotel Indonesia roundabout in Central Jakarta to Lebak Bulus in South Jakarta. The MRT aims to reduce the current two hours travel time to just 30 minutes, the company's president director William Sabandar said. (Photo by BAY ISMOYO / AFP)

All aboard Italy's 'Trans-Siberian' railway

Mar 23, 2019 - 5:23 PM

Italy's very own 'Trans-Siberian' railway, with its almost 100-year-old carriages, is lovingly restored by amateur train addicts who refer to themselves as 'trainsexuals'

Corruption, mismanagement issues hound PNR chief Junn Magno

Mar 19, 2019 - 10:50 AM

EXCLUSIVE: Philippine National Railways General Manager Junn Magno appoints one person to 'incompatible' and 'crucial' positions, leading to no checks and balances in the agency

COA raises red flags over PNR 'illegal use' of funds

Mar 18, 2019 - 10:29 AM

EXCLUSIVE: The Philippine National Railways uses P50.9 million of the proposed Manila-Sorsogon projects to pay for its security services

Poor National Railways? Thousands suffer as PNR cancels 713 trips in only 2 months

Mar 11, 2019 - 7:11 PM

(UPDATED) EXCLUSIVE: As the Philippine National Railways, with its inadequate resources, proudly opens new train routes in Metro Manila, it cancels hundreds of trips monthly without informing the public

LRT2, MRT3 lift ban on liquids

Feb 20, 2019 - 12:53 PM

Light Rail Transit Line 1 will continue to implement the ban

LIFTED. The MRT3 now allows liquids more than 100 ml. File photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Tutuban to Malolos PNR construction starts

Feb 15, 2019 - 1:16 PM

The railway project is expected to reduce travel time between Manila and Malolos from over one hour and 30 minutes to just 35 minutes once fully operational

GROUNDBREAKING. Philippine and Japanese government officials and stakeholders officially start the construction of the Philippine National Railways Clark 1 project from Tutuban to Malolos. Photo from DOTr

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.

LOOK: PNR to run first Philippine-made train

Jan 22, 2019 - 8:40 PM

A group of 10 Filipino engineers developed the first Philippine-made train powered by batteries and a generator

PH-MADE. The Department of Science and Technology developed the first hybrid electric train in the country. Photo from DOST

Philippines, Japan sign $1.54-billion loan deal on North-South Railway

Jan 22, 2019 - 12:45 PM

The North-South Commuter Railway project will 'seamlessly' connect Philippine National Railways lines in Clark, Pampanga to Calamba, Laguna

RAILWAY DEAL. Philippine Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez III and Japan International Cooperation Agency Director General Shigenori Ogawa sign the loan agreement for the North-South Commuter Railway. Photo from the Department of Transportation

Man dies after getting hit by PNR train

Dec 19, 2018 - 4:18 PM

Train officials identify the man as Remy Orlino, who was sideswiped by a northbound train around 30 meters from Pandacan Station

DEAD. A man dies after getting sideswiped by a PNR train. File photo from PNR Facebook

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Nov 23, 2018 - 10:20 PM

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P5.6B allotted for Mindanao railway land acquisition

Nov 12, 2018 - 10:11 PM

City governments are signing an agreement with the Department of Transportation, and have been talking to families whose properties will be affected

ARTIST'S perspective of the Mindanao Railway System Project. Image courtesy of the Department of Transportation

Man dies after being hit by PNR train in Makati

Oct 03, 2018 - 9:43 AM

Investigators say the victim suddenly crossed the tracks to avoid the clearing operations of the Makati government's Department of Enviromental Services

PNR TRAIN. A PNR DMU departing from Tutuban Terminal. Image by Mithril Cloud at English Wikipedia

HOAX: COA 'quotes' on PNR toilet project anomaly

Aug 24, 2018 - 12:40 PM

The blog post invents some quotes which were not in COA's observations on the questioned project

Turkey train disaster leaves 24 dead, hundreds hurt

Jul 09, 2018 - 2:56 PM

Turkey's transport ministry says the train was carrying 362 passengers when it derailed as recent heavy downpours caused the ground beneath the track to erode away

This photo take on July 8, 2018 shows a derailed train following a train accident at Corlu district, in Tekirdag. Ten people were killed and 73 injured on July 8 when a train packed with weekend passengers derailed in northwest Turkey, sate-run TRT Haber television said, quoting the health ministry. DHA / AFP

Koreas hold talks on connecting railways

Jun 26, 2018 - 12:56 PM

Linking up the two systems – and modernizing the North's aging rail infrastructure – would give trade-dependent South Korea a land route to the markets of China, Russia, and on to Europe

INTER-KOREAN RAILWAY. In this file photo, South Korean soldiers walk by the inter-Korean railway under construction with a newly-built tunnel near the border with North Korea in Paju, north of Seoul, September 13, 2001. File photo by Kim Jae-hwan/AFP

Will Malacañang look into Mark Tolentino's Mindanao railway allegations?

May 22, 2018 - 3:48 PM

The sacked transportation official had accused 'higher-ups' of insisting on a foreign loan to fund the Mindanao railway. Will the Palace at least look into his claim?

DOTr usec: Allegations over Mindanao Railway project 'false, uninformed'

May 19, 2018 - 4:00 PM

'The Mindanao Railway will not be built with name-calling, rumor mongering, and grandstanding,' says Transportation Undersecretary Timothy John Batan as he disputes the 'misleading' claims of Assistant Secretary Mark Tolentino

MALICE. Railways Undersecretary Timothy John Bartan (L) refutes allegations on derailing the Mindanao Railway project. File photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

DOTr exec accuses 'higher ups' of derailing Mindanao Railway project

May 19, 2018 - 12:54 PM

Another transportation official says the allegations of Assistant Secretary Mark Tolentino are 'completely untrue'

DELAY? Railways Assistant Secretary Mark Tolentino accuse other transportation officials of delaying the Mindanao Railway project. File photo from Tolentino's Facebook page

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

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Apr 27, 2018 - 11:31 AM

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INTER-KOREAN SUMMIT. This screengrab from the Korean Broadcasting System (KBS) taken on April 27, 2018 shows North Korea's leader Kim Jong-Un (L) and South Korea's President Moon Jae-in walking together past the Military Demarcation Line that divides their countries at Panmunjeom. AFP PHOTO / KOREAN BROADCASTING SYSTEM (KBS)

Bulacan airport, 7 other projects get NEDA Board approval

Apr 26, 2018 - 5:55 PM

The NEDA Board, led by President Rodrigo Duterte, gives the go signal for the Bulacan International Airport and other projects

Japan recommends $684-M railway system for Davao City

Apr 24, 2018 - 8:52 PM

The JICA-backed plan will traverse 15 kilometers across the city, with another 6.6 kilometers extension

The week in photos: April 7-13, 2018

Apr 14, 2018 - 2:13 PM

This week's selection of photo highlights here and around the world

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg arrives to testify before a joint hearing of the US Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee and Senate Judiciary Committee on Capitol Hill, April 10, 2018 in Washington, DC. / AFP PHOTO / JIM WATSON

The week in photos: March 31-April 6, 2018

Apr 07, 2018 - 3:18 PM

This week's selection of photo highlights here and around the world

Children look out of the window of a bus upon their arrival at the Abu al-Zindeen checkpoint near the northern Syrian town of al-Bab after Jaish al-Islam fighters and their families from the former rebel bastion's main town of Douma were evacuated from the last rebel-held pocket in Eastern Ghouta on April 3, 2018.Russia-backed regime forces have retaken control of 95 percent of Eastern Ghouta since February 18 through a combination of a deadly air and ground assault and evacuation deals. / AFP PHOTO / Nazeer al-Khatib

NEDA body approves San Miguel's Bulacan airport, 8 other projects

Apr 03, 2018 - 1:19 PM

These 9 infrastructure projects – cumulatively worth around P900 billion – are now tabled for final approval by the NEDA Board, which is headed by President Rodrigo Duterte

Construction of LRT1 Cavite extension to start mid-2018

Feb 01, 2018 - 5:50 PM

LRT1 operator Light Rail Manila Corporation also says there will be no fare hike surprises as the train system is upgraded and expanded

EXTENSION. Light Rail Manila took over the operations, maintenance, and extension of LRT1 in September 2015, after bagging the P64.9-billion ($1.36-billion) LRT1 Cavite Extension deal. Photo by Mick Basa/Rappler

EXPLAINER: Not all projects are eligible for a Swiss challenge

Jan 30, 2018 - 7:36 PM

The Philippine president prefers a Swiss challenge for government projects, but the law says not all deals are eligible for that mode of implementation

SWISS CHALLENGE. Swiss challenge is when the government invites private groups to make competing offers, while giving the original proponent the right to match them. File photo

DOTr expects new MRT3 maintenance provider by May 2018

Dec 30, 2017 - 5:26 PM

The Japan government – the Philippine government's ODA partner for Metro Rail Transit Line 3 (MRT3) – has promised to help mobilize a new maintenance provider by May next year

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

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Dec 28, 2017 - 8:15 PM

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Israel to name new Jerusalem railway station after Trump

Dec 27, 2017 - 8:26 PM

The station, to be built near the hallowed Western Wall, will be named after the US President in tribute to his 'historic and courageous decision' on Jerusalem

WESTERN WALL. US President Donald Trump visits the Western Wall, the holiest site where Jews can pray, in Jerusalem'™s Old City on May 22, 2017. Photo by Mandel Ngan/AFP

Work begins on Clark International Airport expansion

Dec 20, 2017 - 6:49 PM

The project is part of a wider plan to transform Central Luzon in conjunction with the Manila-Clark Railway, Subic-Clark Cargo Railway, and the New Clark City projects

At least 3 dead as train derails over U.S. highway

Dec 19, 2017 - 7:37 AM

(UPDATED) An Amtrak passenger train derails in Washington state, killing at least 3 people as cars plunge off a bridge onto a busy highway at the height of morning rush hour

OFF THE RAILS. The scene of a portion of the Interstate I-5 highway after an Amtrak high speed train derailed from an overpass early December 18, 2017 near the city of Tacoma, Washington state.  Kathryn Elsesser/AFP

Batangas taps Chinese firm to develop airport, seaport, railway

Dec 15, 2017 - 1:53 PM

Batangas Governor Hermilando Mandanas signs a memorandum of understanding Teamrise Group Company Limited in Hongkong

SIGNED. Batangas Governor Hermilando Mandanas (seated, left) signs a Memorandum of Understanding with China real estate company Teamrise Group Co. Ltd in Hongkong for 6 major projects for the province of Batangas. He is joined by (standing, from left) Chief Presidential Legal Counsel Salvador Panelo, Special Envoy of the President to China Fernando Borja, and Philippine Ports Authority representative Elmer Cadano.

NEDA eyes 6 big infra project rollouts, 8% GDP growth in 2018

Dec 14, 2017 - 6:10 PM

These projects include the Metro Manila Subway and Phase 1 of the Mindanao Railway which would encompass the Tagum-Davao-Digos Segment

ECONOMIC PLANNING. NEDA officials led by Socioeconomic planning secretary Ernesto Pernia (5th from right) discuss upcoming infrastructure and other economic issues at NEDA's 2017 year-end briefing held in Pasig on December 14. Photo by Chris Schnabel/Rappler

Tugade refuses to resign over MRT3 woes

Nov 20, 2017 - 8:10 PM

'Only the President can ask me to resign,' says Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade, as he gives an assurance that the government will improve the MRT3

PH gov't ends dispute with China's Sinomach over Northrail project

Nov 06, 2017 - 10:05 PM

This resolves an international arbitration case and spares the Philippines from P5 billion in potential fees, says the government

SETTLEMENT DEAL. Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade (L) and BCDA chief Vince Dizon (R) sign an out-of-court agreement with Sinomach, former contractor of the supposed 80-kilometer Northrail deal. Photo from Department of Transportation

Isko Moreno resigns from Duterte government

Oct 27, 2017 - 8:47 PM

Francisco Domagoso resigns irrevocably as chairman and CEO of the North Luzon Railways Corporation, to which he was appointed only last July

'PERSONAL REASON.’ Northrail chairman and CEO Franciso Domagoso quits the government corporation less than 4 months after his appointment by President Rodrigo Duterte. Rappler screengrab

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