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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

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

Dalian confident Chinese trains for MRT will pass weight test

Apr 19, 2018 - 8:10 PM

Li Depu of China-based Dalian says they are subjecting their trains to a test by the German-based TUV Rheinland to refute allegations they are too heavy for the MRT's tracks

OVERWEIGHT? Dalian CRRC general manager for overseas business Li Depu says their trains for Manila's MRT will pass the weight test conducted by TUV Rheinland. Photo by Aika Rey/Rappler

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

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

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

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

MRT, LRT, and PNR schedules for Holy Week 2018

Mar 19, 2018 - 1:40 PM

Here are the operating hours of trains during the observance of Holy Week this year

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

LIVE: Senate hearing on MRT3 issues

Feb 20, 2018 - 2:31 PM

Watch the hearing live on Rappler

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

New tax rates don't apply to old petroleum stocks, DOE warns

Jan 01, 2018 - 4:49 PM

New excise tax rates on petroleum products are levied upon importation, not at the point of sale to the consumers

NEW TAX RATES. The implementation of excise tax and value added tax (VAT) for petroleum products under the Tax Reform for Acceleration and Inclusion Law is effective on January 1, 2018. 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

300,000 urge Senate to dissolve proposed tax on sugary drinks

Dec 01, 2017 - 10:55 AM

Sari-store owners sign a petition opposing the proposed P10 per liter price increase

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

Cebu Pacific launches program to train future Filipino pilots in Australia

Oct 24, 2017 - 4:50 PM

The airline will initially shoulder $25 million to train 250 cadet pilots, who will become Cebu Pacific First Officers and can pay back the investment through salary deductions

LOOK: Commuters endure long lines at LRT2

Oct 09, 2017 - 11:45 AM

The Light Rail Transit Authority says long queues remain the norm during rush hour

MONDAY RUSH HOUR. Commuters endure long lines at the LRT 2 Santolan station on Monday morning, October 10, 2017. Photo courtesy of Isabelle Yu

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

Metro Pacific group eyes P20 billion for MRT3 takeover

Oct 02, 2017 - 6:20 PM

This would be P7.5 billion higher than its initial investment projection to take over and rehabilitate the Philippines' most congested mass transit railway

NEW OPERATOR SOON? Once the Metro Pacific group hurdles the Swiss challenge, it expects to take over the operations, maintenance, and rehabilitation of the MRT3 by early 2018. File photo by JR Belardo/Rappler

Pangilinan-Ayala group poised to bag MRT3 original proponent status

Sep 18, 2017 - 7:00 PM

Other private groups will be able to submit competing offers under a Swiss challenge, while the original proponent, the Pangilinan-Ayala group, would be given the right to match them

HURDLES. Once the Pangilinan-Ayala group is given the original proponent status and hurdled the Swiss challenge, it expects to take over the operations, maintenance, and rehabilitation of MRT3 by early 2018. Photo by Martin San Diego/Rappler

DBP open to unload MRT3 interests

Sep 12, 2017 - 3:15 PM

A new owner and operator for Metro Rail Transit Line 3 MRT3 is in the books of the Philippine government This is to give the railway proper upgrade and maintenance

COMMUTERS' ORDEAL. During rush hour, MRT3 passengers endure long lines and jampacked trains. Rappler file photo

Pangilinan-Ayala group eyes MRT3 takeover by early 2018

Aug 31, 2017 - 8:25 PM

The group hopes to operate maintain and rehabilitate the Metro Rail Transit Line 3 for 32 years Will its unsolicited proposal be approved?

NEW OPERATOR SOON? MRT3 is currently being maintained by Korean-Filipino firm Busan Universal Rail Incorporated (BURI), while the system's rail replacement is being handled by the government. MRT Corporation owns the system. Photo from the Metrostar Express website

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

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

DOTr: MRT back to normal on June 16 after safety check

Jun 15, 2017 - 10:30 PM

An abnormal noise heard by a train driver prompts an inspection and leads to fewer and slower trains operating from June 14 to 15

LONG LINES. People line for hours to be able  to alight the Metro Rail Transit Line 3 at the North Avenue Station Thursday, June 15. Photo by Aika Rey/Rappler

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

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

Poe blames Roxas for MRT3 mess

May 15, 2017 - 3:50 PM

But Senator Grace Poe says there is no need yet to invite her former election rival to the ongoing Senate probe

No more long lines by end-2017 – MRT3 management

May 15, 2017 - 12:00 PM

The capacity of the MRT3 trains will be increased from 500 000 passengers daily to 600 000 passengers by December 2017

File photo

#FridayFeels: Forever MRT

May 05, 2017 - 9:00 AM

It s agony every morning as people take the MRT with endless lines that require tons of patience When will this ordeal be over?

LRT1 operator's promise: 25-minute ride from Cavite to Makati by 2021

May 04, 2017 - 2:45 PM

Light Rail Transit Line 1 LRT1 operator Light Rail Manila Corporation LRMC targets to finish the Cavite Extension project by 2021

LRT1 GOES TO CAVITE. Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade asked Light Rail Manila to expedite the construction of the LRT1 Cavite Extension project and asked if they can finish it by 2020 instead of 2021. Photo by Chrisee Dela Paz/Rappler

Jeane Napoles, Lee Kuan Yew, Arum on fight earnings | The wRap

Mar 24, 2015 - 7:24 PM

Jeane Napoles is back in the Philippines What is Lee Kuan Yew’s legacy? Bob Arum says the Pacquiao Mayweather fight could earn more than 400 million