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Deactivated Grab drivers ask LTFRB, DOTr for ‘understanding, compassion’

Jun 10, 2019 - 9:22 PM

Grab drivers list the reasons it’s difficult for them to secure the certificates of public convenience that the LTFRB requires

Grab urges drivers set for deactivation on June 10 to reapply

Jun 09, 2019 - 11:00 PM

The deactivation of unaccredited Grab drivers will push through on Monday, June 10, but the company says those affected can still vie for 10,000 new slots

Davao city bus system to affect 7,000 jeepney drivers

Jun 07, 2019 - 12:00 PM

Davao City officials assure affected public utility drivers that they will get help once the High Priority Bus System fear is rolled out

WHAT STRIKE? Traffic builds up during rush hour in Davao City on Monday, October 16, 2017, as 20% of jeepney drivers get on the road despite a call for a nationwide strike. Photo by Mick Basa/Rappler

LTFRB to Grab: Why deactivate unaccredited drivers only now?

Jun 06, 2019 - 7:35 PM

The Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board says drivers who failed to get accredited 'should have already been deactivated by Grab' months ago

Global airline body warns of U.S.-China trade war spillover

Jun 02, 2019 - 4:25 PM

The International Air Transport Association revises its 2019 collective net profit outlook down to $28 billion, as the US-China trade war escalates and costs go up

LTFRB suspends P2P service for UV Express to mid-June

Jun 01, 2019 - 1:06 PM

The decision will give way to more consultations with stakeholders who are opposed to the new policy

POINT-TO-POINT. The LTFRB to strictly enforce point-to-point service for UV Express shuttles. File photo by Joel Liporada/Rappler

Commuters 'to suffer more' due to P2P service for UV Express

May 30, 2019 - 4:55 PM

'Senior citizen ka, galing Fairview, pupunta ng PGH. Bababa pa po ba ng Buendia, tapos babalik po, sasakay uli? It's time-consuming,' says transport leader Mar Valbuena

'TIME-CONSUMING.' Transport groups said commuting will only becoming harder due to the stricter P2P service of UV Express shuttles. File photo by Rob Reyes/Rappler

LTFRB to strictly enforce P2P service for UV Express

May 28, 2019 - 1:51 PM

(UPDATED) The LTFRB taps the MMDA to strictly enforce point-to-point service for UV Express shuttles

POINT-TO-POINT. The LTFRB to strictly enforce point-to-point service for UV Express shuttles. File photo by Joel Liporada/Rappler

Premium taxi drivers to get salaries in new guideline

May 23, 2019 - 3:13 PM

Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade signs the 'Taxi Modernization Program' in line with the public utility vehicle modernization program of the government

NEW GUIDELINES. Premium taxis are up next to be modernized under the Department of Transportation. File photo by Rappler

DOTr to Cebu Pacific: Submit plan to prevent mass flight cancellations

May 15, 2019 - 6:50 PM

Cebu Pacific canceled around 14 flights a day from April 28 to May 10, according to the Civil Aeronautics Board

CANCELLED. Over 400 daily domestic flights have been cancelled by Cebu Pacific from April 28 to May 10. Photo from Cebu Pacific

Voters rush to home provinces for 2019 elections

May 12, 2019 - 11:43 PM

Some registered voters face long lines in bus stations and ports as they head home to vote in their assigned polling precincts

HEADING HOME. People queue at Bicol Central Station in Naga City on the eve of election day, May 12. Photo by Abby Bilan/Rappler

DOTr allows 6-month pilot operations of Angkas, motorcycle taxis

May 10, 2019 - 7:01 AM

The Department of Transportation sets the fare that motorcycle taxis should charge, as well as safety requirements that should be provided by the drivers or operators

MOTORCYCLE TAXIS. Thousands of Angkas riders joined the massive Unity Ride. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

France to ban e-scooters from pavements in September

May 04, 2019 - 7:40 PM

E-scooter riders will have to use the street or dedicated cycling paths instead, 'so pedestrians are no longer squeezed against walls,' says France's transport minister

E-SCOOTER. A man rides an E-Scooter of rental company Tier. Photo by Tobias Schwarz/AFP

LTFRB now allows pets in public vehicles

Apr 27, 2019 - 2:33 PM

The regulatory board says it made the decision due to 'public clamor'

PETS IN PUVs. The Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board issues a memorandum allowing pets as long as it follows certain conditions. Photo by Raisa Serafica/Rappler

NAIA Consortium submits updated proposal ahead of April 30 deadline

Apr 24, 2019 - 7:30 PM

The Department of Transportation receives a copy of the NAIA Consortium's updated proposal on Tuesday night, April 23

REHAB. The NAIA Consortium plans to rehabilitate the country's main gateway. File photo by DOTr

Clark airport to resume operations at 4 pm on April 24

Apr 24, 2019 - 9:50 AM

(UPDATED) The Clark International Airport Corporation says it will already be 'business as usual,' following the Luzon earthquake that caused a temporary shutdown

Tugade says Clark airport to be fixed April 25 'at the latest'

Apr 23, 2019 - 6:05 PM

Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade says the Luzon earthquake caused around P30 million in damage to the Clark International Airport

DAED. An airport security personnel walks past the damaged portion of the Clark International Airportâ€'™s terminal. Contributed photo

WATCH: Exodus to provinces starts for Holy Week 2019

Apr 18, 2019 - 8:36 AM

The transportation department sets up help desks at terminals and opens hotlines

EXODUS. Thousands of passengers line up for buses at the Araneta Center Bus Terminal to go home to provinces for the Holy Week. Photo by Aika Rey/Rappler

Traffic advisory for Holy Week 2019

Apr 13, 2019 - 2:22 PM

Here are the dates and areas where heavy traffic buildup is expected during this year's observance of Holy Week

COA seeks Ombudsman probe into P6.6-M DOTC IT contract

Apr 09, 2019 - 2:19 PM

The Commission on Audit says some officials of the then-Department of Transportation and Communications failed to observe proper rules in procuring IT equipment in July 2010

Duterte wants suspension of law ordering two license plates on motorcycles

Apr 06, 2019 - 9:35 PM

(UPDATED) The President also says he will negotiate for a lower fine for violations of the Motorcycle Crime Prevention Law

PROTEST VS DOBLE PLAKA. Thousands of riders from various motorcycle group join the Unity Ride as they call against the use of double plate. Photo by Maria Tan/Rappler

DOTr suspends LTFRB's Jardin for allegedly receiving P4.6M to grant a franchise

Apr 04, 2019 - 12:54 PM

(UPDATED) The Department of Transportation suspends Samuel Jardin, the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board executive director, for 90 days

SUSPENDED. LTFRB executive director Samuel Jardin (R) with LTFRB Chairman Martin Delgra III (L) during a Senate hearing. File photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

LTO to impose additional 'minimal fees' for new motorcycle plates

Mar 26, 2019 - 6:44 PM

'Isa sa tatalakayin ng TWG is to arrive at a reasonable costs na sisingilin sa rehistro. Hindi pa namin nakikita kung magkano, but definitely hindi ito sobrang laki,' says Land Transportation Office chief Edgar Galvante

SUGGESTED DESIGN. Land Transportation Office chief Edgar Galvante discusses the possible design for the new motorcycle license plates. Photo by Aika Rey/Rappler

Is Tugade blocking Go-Jek's entry into the Philippines because of Grab?

Mar 21, 2019 - 10:20 AM

(3rd UPDATE) Transportation Assistant Secretary Goddes Libiran says Secretary Arthur Tugade is 'not a micromanager'

LTFRB again rejects Go-Jek entry into Philippine market

Mar 18, 2019 - 3:10 PM

(3rd UPDATE) The Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board reiterates that Go-Jek's local subsidiary does not meet the 60% Filipino ownership requirement

REJECTED. Philippine transport regulators reject Indonesian Go-Jek's entry in the country.

Taiwan airplane overshoots Kalibo airport runway

Mar 14, 2019 - 8:51 AM

All 121 passengers and 7 crew members of the chartered flight from Taiwan are safe

CHARTERED. Taiwan airplane overshoots Kalibo airport runway Photo by Boy Ryan B. Zabal

DOTr: Payment to Sumitomo delayed, but MRT3 rehab on track

Mar 06, 2019 - 8:20 PM

The Japanese contractor shoulders the cost of needed parts in the meantime, because of the delayed signing into law of the Philippines' 2019 national budget

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

Construction of Metro Manila Subway begins

Feb 27, 2019 - 10:45 AM

Once fully operational in 2025, the Philippines' first intercity underground railway will connect Mindanao Avenue in Quezon City to the Ninoy Aquino International Airport in Pasay City within 30 minutes

Photo from DOTr

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

Gov't postpones Tandang Sora flyover closure to March 2

Feb 21, 2019 - 11:32 AM

(3rd UPDATE) The Department of Transportation agrees to a one-week postponement of the closure of the Tandang Sora flyover and intersection to 'strengthen public awareness and to manage traffic situation in the area'

POSTPONED. The Department of Transportation agrees to postpone the 2-year closure of the Tandang Sora intersection for the construction of MRT7. File photo by Maria Tan/Rappler

Contract signed for EDSA side of MRT-LRT common station

Feb 13, 2019 - 6:10 PM

Common Area A, which will link the LRT1 and the MRT3, will be operational by October 2020, says the private builder

EDSA SIDE. This image shows the planned design for the Common Area A which will link the Light Rail Transit Line 1 and Metro Rail Transit Line 2. Image from DOTr

Active AFP, PNP, PCG personnel to get 20% bus fare discount

Feb 11, 2019 - 2:20 PM

The uniformed personnel only need to present a valid ID as proof of active service

An MMDA traffic enforcers stoped suspected colorum buses plying along EDSA in Pasay City on August 7, 2014, for questioning. The MMDA has questioned the LTFRB's move to stop traffic enforcers' operations against colorum passenger buses. Photo by: Joel Liporada

Malaysia, Singapore tensions flare after boat collision

Feb 10, 2019 - 6:35 PM

Both Singapore and Malaysia claimed that Saturday's collision involving a Greek bulk carrier and Malaysian boat off Tuas, in western Singapore, had happened in their own waters

Free rides from PITX to parts of Metro Manila starting February 14

Feb 09, 2019 - 7:43 PM

(UPDATED) The Department of Transportation officially launches free bus rides with PITX-Lawton-Baclaran and PITX-Monumento-EDSA-Baclaran routes

FREE RIDES. DOTr partners with Megawide Corporation Foundation Inc and Junior Chamber International Senate Philippines for the free bus rides from PITX to parts of Metro Manila. DOTr photo

Foreign student passenger throws cup of taho at MRT security

Feb 09, 2019 - 4:44 PM

(UPDATED) The passenger, a Chinese national, is still detained in the Mandaluyong police headquarters

TAHO INCIDENT. A mugshot of Jiale Zhang who was arrested for throwing a plastic cup of taho at a police officer at the Boni MRT Station. Photo courtesy of DOTr-MRT

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

DOTr borrows buses to provide free rides from MOA to PITX

Feb 04, 2019 - 10:17 PM

The buses are from the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority and the Philippine Coast Guard

FREE RIDES. There are free shuttle services from MOA to PITX. Photo from DOTr

House approves bill legalizing Angkas, motorcycle taxis

Feb 04, 2019 - 5:40 PM

The bill's approval comes more than a month after ride-hailing app Angkas was barred from operating in the country

LEGAL SOON? Angkas riders join a massive Unity Ride on December 16, 2018 to protest the shut down of their operations permanently. File photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

House OKs bill expanding 20% student fare discount to air, sea transport

Feb 04, 2019 - 5:20 PM

But if the bill is signed into law, postgraduate students and those enrolled in short-term courses would not be qualified for the discount

STUDENT DISCOUNT. The House approves on February 4, 2019 a bill institutionalizing the student fare discount.

On Cavite commuter woes, DOTr reiterates all PUVs need to pass PITX

Feb 02, 2019 - 5:37 PM

Caviteño commuters can expect more shuttle services to and from the Parañaque Integrated Terminal Exchange to aid in their travel

RESPONSE. The Department of Transportation responds to Cavite Governor Boying Remulla's proposal on addressing PITX woes. Tugade photo by Rappler, PITX photo by DOTr, Remulla's photo from his FB page

DOTr needs more time to review Angkas safety, legal issues

Feb 02, 2019 - 2:49 PM

The Department of Transportation says it cannot just issue a department order allowing Angkas and habal-habal operations, as pushed by some lawmakers

PROTEST. An Angkas driver displays a placard on his motorcycle that reads 'Manggagawa Kami! Hindi Kriminal! Stop Ride Discrimination' during a protest against LTFRB crackdown on December 16, 2018. File photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Cavite governor Boying Remulla proposes to DOTr solutions to PITX woes

Feb 01, 2019 - 7:12 PM

'Pakiusap ko lang ay pag-aralan 'nyo muna [ang PITX]. Tingnan 'nyo ang paghihirap ng mga kababayan ko,' says the governor

FIX PITX. Cavite Governor Jesus Crispin 'Boying' Remulla proposes to DOTr measures to improve PITX operations. PITX file photo from DOTr, Remulla file photo by Rappler

After fatal SCTEX crash, LTFRB suspends Jumbo Transport bus franchise

Jan 31, 2019 - 11:16 PM

(UPDATED) The Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board issues a preventive suspension order that covers 10 units under Jumbo Transport's franchise

FATAL. A tourist bus crashes into an 18-wheeler trailer truck along SCTEX, killing 5 people. Photo courtesy of Jerome Quismundo

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.

Ex-Bicol top cop is now LTFRB board member

Jan 29, 2019 - 4:53 PM

Retired chief superintendent Antonio Gardiola Jr takes the place of former board member Aileen Lizada

LTFRB BOARD MEMBER. Retired chief superintendent Antonio Gardiola Jr is now a member of the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board. Photo by Mohammad Kuya Amin Hamsa

DOTr: Nothing political with opening Malasakit Help Desks

Jan 29, 2019 - 2:40 PM

The Department of Transportation says it is using the Malasakit brand – associated with Bong Go – only because it 'captures' the kind of service the agency wants to deliver

HELP DESK. DOTr sets up a help desk at the Araneta Center-Cubao MRT3 Station. Photo from DOTr-MRT3

Philippine 'jeepney' artists stalked by extinction

Jan 28, 2019 - 1:30 PM

Jeepney artists use to be many and they are slowly disappearing

This picture taken on January 17, 2019 shows jeepneys during rush hour in Manila. Â  - Hand-painting custom decor on jeepneys adorned with images of everything from Batman to babies, as well as disco lights and chrome wheels, have for decades provided cheap transport for millions. But pollution and safety concerns have led to a modernisation programme, with jeepneys 15 years or older to be taken off the streets by 2020. (Photo by Noel CELIS / AFP) / TO GO WITH AFP STORY PHILIPPINES-LIFESTYLE-ART-JEEPNEY,FEATURE BY CECIL MORELLA

36 transport cooperatives newly-accredited for PUV modernization program

Jan 26, 2019 - 6:24 PM

Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade instructs the Office of Transportation Cooperatives to fast-track the approval of accreditation applications for the program

Background photo from DOTr website