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MRT3 operations stalled after man falls on tracks

Oct 15, 2019 - 2:51 PM

(UPDATED) 'At 12:16 pm today, a street vagrant jumped over and fell at the interstation of tracks of Buendia and Ayala,' says MRT3, prompting it to limit operations to just between North Avenue and Shaw Boulevard for over two hours

TRAIN MOVEMENT STALLED. A man jumped and fell to his death on the MRT3 tracks between Buendia and Ayala stations. Photo from DOTr-MRT3

MRT3 begins trial run of Dalian train

Oct 15, 2019 - 9:41 AM

The 3-coach train will run from 8:30 pm to 10:30 pm beginning Tuesday, October 15, until November

NEXT DEPLOYMENT. The last Dalian train set to ply the MRT3 tracks was deployed in January 2019. Photo by DOTr-MRT3

LTFRB to demand bus companies to assist LRT2 passengers

Oct 09, 2019 - 7:07 PM

Of the 109 city buses which committed to the augmentation initiative, only 69 have been fielded as of October 9

MORE BUSES NEEDED. Samar 1st District Representative Edgar Sarmiento urged bus companies to do their part in augmenting the demand for alternative modes of transport to the LRT2, saying it is their duty to serve the public. Photo from MMDA

BFP slammed for causing delay in LRT2 fire investigation

Oct 09, 2019 - 7:01 PM

In the middle of the House hearing, the BFP relays confirmation that it will fast-track and release its investigation report on October 10

NO FINDINGS YET. Six days after two LRT2 rectifiers tripped and caught fire, the Bureau of Fire Protection has not been able to identify the cause, slowing down the LRTA's assesment of damaged parts. Photo by Aika Rey/Rappler

LIVE: House hearing on LRT2 Santolan station incident

Oct 09, 2019 - 1:07 PM

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LRT2 to resume partial operations on October 8

Oct 07, 2019 - 7:50 PM

(UPDATED) The Light Rail Transit Line 2 can resume partial operations since safety checks and test runs are completed

PARTIAL OPERATIONS. After suspending operations for 5 days, the LRT2 will resume partial operations on Tuesday, October 8. File photo by Aika Rey/Rappler

LRT2 operations remain suspended on October 7

Oct 06, 2019 - 9:42 PM

Safety checks for the Light Rail Transit Line 2 are not yet done

STILL ON HOLD. Commuters will be braving the Monday traffic without the option of taking the LRT2, since partial operations will not resume on October 7. Photo courtesy of @impaulaquino/twitter

LRT2 stops operations from Santolan to Anonas for 'maximum of 9 months'

Oct 04, 2019 - 7:14 PM

(UPDATED) The Light Rail Transit Authority says the needed repairs on the damaged substations require 'a highly technical intervention'

NINE MONTHS. Commuters coming from Santolan to Anonas will need to use an alternate mode of transportation aside from the LRT2 in the next nine months. Photo courtesy of @impaulaquino/twitter

Poe suggests business coaches for MRT3: 'Think out of the box'

Oct 03, 2019 - 10:18 PM

The senator floats the idea as a way to convince passengers to take the train instead of driving private vehicles

BUSINESS COACHES. Would you pay P300 for a guaranteed space in the MRT3? File photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

Still no LRT2 operations on October 4

Oct 03, 2019 - 9:12 PM

(3rd UPDATE) Because of 'several technical and safety concerns,' the Light Rail Transit Authority says there will still be no LRT2 train service .

OPERATIONS STOPPED. The LRT2 will not be resuming operations until after Friday, October 4, due to several technical and safety concerns. Photo courtesy of @impaulaquino/twitter

Overhaul overdue: Daily maintenance fails to prevent MRT3 short circuit

Sep 19, 2019 - 6:16 PM

A joint investigation by Sumitomo-Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, DOTr, and MRT management shows what caused the September 6 stoppage of the trains

EFFECTIVE TRAIN PREP? An overhead catenary cable was cut due to a short circuit in a train's electrical box, which can happen even with daily train preparation and preventive maintenance. File photo by Aika Rey/Rappler

‘Walang pagbabago’: Long lines ensue after MRT-3 breaks down

Sep 06, 2019 - 7:27 PM

Netizens suggest possible solutions to the public transportation crisis as the MRT break downs for almost a full day

A COMMUTER'S NIGHTMARE. An ordeal that every commuter faces as MRT-3 breaks down.

Construction of LRT1 Cavite extension's foundation begins

Sep 02, 2019 - 4:25 PM

Light Rail Manila Corporation starts piling works at the planned Dr Santos Station in Parañaque City as September 2019 begins

After 19 years of waiting, piling works for the Light Rail Transit (LRT) Line 1 Cavite Extension have finally started yesterday, September 1. Photo from the Department of Transportation

Fare for Makati subway will be more expensive than MRT, LRT

Aug 02, 2019 - 3:19 PM

(UPDATED) Infradev Holdings president and CEO Antonio Tiu says passengers will need to pay up to 25% more

Manila Water interruptions set May 24-25 due to MRT7 construction

May 20, 2019 - 6:15 PM

(UPDATED) Manila Water says 20 barangays in Quezon City will have no water for 10 hours from Friday to Saturday, May 24 to 25

Construction of LRT1 Cavite extension 'full steam ahead'

May 07, 2019 - 12:50 PM

The first 5 stations of the LRT1 Cavite extension are expected to begin operations by the 4th quarter of 2021

Photo from DOTr

Philippines' first hybrid train makes inaugural run

Apr 24, 2019 - 7:29 PM

Rides start on May 6

LRT2, MRT3 give free rides to war veterans from April 5 to 11

Apr 02, 2019 - 2:38 PM

(UPDATED) The free ride is also valid for one companion

FREE RIDES. The Light Rail Transit Authority and Metro Rail Transit Line 3 will give free rides to Filipino war veterans.

LRT1 lifts ban on liquids

Apr 02, 2019 - 2:15 PM

The Light Rail Manila Corporation removes the ban on bottled water and drinks inside the Light Rail Transit Line 1 stations effective April 2

LIFTED. The ban on liquids inside the LRT1 is now lifted. Shutterstock photo

MRT, LRT schedules for Holy Week 2019

Mar 19, 2019 - 4:10 PM

(3rd UPDATE) LRT Lines 1 and 2, meanwhile, will be closed from Maundy Thursday to Easter Sunday

NO OPERATIONS. The MRT3 will be closed during the Holy Week. AFP File photo

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

MISLEADING: Without President Duterte, no Filipino-made train

Mar 06, 2019 - 8:41 PM

The DOST engineering team started developing the first hybrid electric road train in 2012. It hit the rails of the Philippine National Railways in March 2019.

MISLEADING. Screenshots of the claims posted in different pro-Duterte pages giving credits to Duterte for the first Filipino-built train.

LRT1 Cavite extension construction to begin April 2019

Mar 04, 2019 - 9:10 PM

After years of delay, work on the Light Rail Transit Line 1 extension to Cavite will finally start

EXTENSION. The LRT1 Cavite extension is set to start April 2019. Shutterstock photo

DOTr signs deal for Metro Manila Subway's first 3 stations

Feb 24, 2019 - 2:05 PM

The Department of Transportation aims to have the Mindanao Avenue-Quirino Highway, Tandang Sora, and North Avenue stations running by 2022

SUBWAY PLANNING. Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade inspects the scale model of the tunnel-boring machine that will be used for the construction of the Metro Manila Subway. Photo from the Department of Transportation

[OPINION] Democracy under siege

Feb 23, 2019 - 10:00 AM

We must ensure that more Defenders of Democracy are voted into office this year, and that the elections are free, clean, and peaceful. And that is a fight that is in the hands of the Filipino youth, Filipino parents, and all freedom-loving citizens.

Metro Manila Subway groundbreaking set for February 27

Feb 21, 2019 - 2:15 PM

Philippine transportation officials are in Japan to inspect equipment and iron out details for the construction of the subway

GROUNDBREAKING. Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade inspects the scale-model of the tunnel-boring machine that will be used for the construction of the Metro Manila Subway. Photo from the Department of Transportation

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

MRT3 now allows bottled liquids 100 ml and below

Feb 14, 2019 - 12:35 PM

The Metro Rail Transit Line 3 management says that any bottled liquid more than 100 ml will still not be allowed inside train stations

ALLOWED. The MRT3 now allows bottled liquids with a volume capacity of 100 ml and below. Photo by DOTr-MRT3

MRT3 management: 'We received a bomb threat in January'

Feb 08, 2019 - 1:06 PM

'That's one reason why we tightened security following recent attacks in Mindanao,' says MRT3 management

SAFETY. The MRT3 management says they will enforce tighter security measures to ensure the safety of its thousands of daily commuters. File photo

Bottled-up emotions: Netizens slam liquids ban in train stations

Feb 08, 2019 - 10:37 AM

'Are tears banned too?' an irate netizen asks Metro Manila's train officials

LIST: What liquids are allowed inside the MRT3?

Feb 07, 2019 - 8:00 PM

The Metro Rail Transit Line 3 clarifies the liquids which can be brought inside its trains, as a recently enforced ban draws criticism

BANNED. The MRT3 issues exemptions on liquid substances banned inside the train station. File photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

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

FALSE: Is this a 'new' photo of Mar Roxas using public transport?

Dec 09, 2018 - 3:26 PM

No, this is not a new photo of Filipino opposition politician Mar Roxas using public transport

PH Sports Training Center to rise in Pangasinan by 2022

Dec 04, 2018 - 10:45 PM

The new Philippine Sports Training Center Act mandates the construction of the sports complex starting mid-2019

DREAM COME TRUE. The bicam-approved Philippine Sports Training Center Act mandates the rise of a new sports complex in Pangasinan in the near future. Photo from Philippine Olympic Committee

After delay, Philippines, Japan to sign MRT3 rehab loan deal on November 7

Oct 31, 2018 - 2:40 PM

The P22.06-billion MRT3 rehabilitation project will mostly be funded by an P18-billion loan from the Japanese government

RAILWAY. Commuters wait to board the MRT3. File photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Cynthia Villar files COC, justifies signing TRAIN law

Oct 15, 2018 - 10:18 AM

The senator says signing the TRAIN law was a 'lesson learned'

After train breakdown, LRT 1 passengers walk along rail tracks

Oct 11, 2018 - 7:37 PM

An LRT1 train to Central Station breaks down shortly after leaving the United Nations Station

DEFECTIVE. The Light Rail Transit Line 1 experienced a glitch on October 11, 2018. File photo by Light Rail Manila Consortium

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

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

LRT, MRT operational as Typhoon Ompong brings rain to Metro Manila

Sep 15, 2018 - 8:52 AM

However, the LRT1 experiences a power supply issue that limits its operations on Saturday morning, September 15

METRO TRAINS. LRT image via Shutterstock, MRT photo by Jay Directo/AFP

Dalian MRT3 trains test run in October

Sep 11, 2018 - 2:57 PM

The government wants to test whether the trains delivered by Chinese firm CRRC Dalian Company Limited are safe for public use

COSTS. All costs to fix the unused MRT3 trains will be shouldered by China-based CRRC Dalian Company Limited. Photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

MRT3 clarifies viral post: Overtime fee charged only after 2 hours

Aug 24, 2018 - 4:33 PM

An overtime fee of P28 is being charged to commuters if they exceed the two-hour maximum stay policy of the Metro Rail Transit Line 3

OVERTIME. A commuter was charged an overtime fee by the MRT3 after staying more than 2 hours inside the platform. Post screengrab from Miriam Cabiles, MRT File photo

MISLEADING: 48 'brand new' trains under Duterte

Aug 11, 2018 - 8:18 AM

Acquired during the Aquino administration, the trains for the MRT-3 line have yet to be used because of weight and compatibility issues

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

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

Guadalupe-BGC Skytrain construction seen to start in 2018

May 28, 2018 - 1:20 PM

The Department of Transportation approves Infracorp Development Incorporated's proposed Skytrain monorail, which could be operational by early 2021