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DOTr refutes MRT3 'suicide bomber' post, says it was security test

Jan 22, 2020 - 3:46 PM

The alleged 'suicide bomber' is only a man involved in a penetration test conducted by the Philippine National Police

PENETRATION TEST. The Department of Transportation refuted a photo claiming that a suicide bomber was present at the MRT3 Taft station, saying it was only part of a penetration test by the police. Photo from DOTr Facebook page

[OPINION] Motorcycle taxis and inclusive mobility (Part 2)

Jan 19, 2020 - 5:00 PM

There is a clear pathway so that motorcycle taxis can be mainstreamed into our public transport system

[OPINION] Don't forget the pedestrians

Jan 19, 2020 - 10:30 AM

Pedestrians and bikers are second-class road users, partaking only of crumbs from the mobility table

[OPINION] Regulating motorcycle taxis and ensuring competition (Part 1)

Jan 18, 2020 - 2:00 PM

The online platform industry – which is easy to enter, is relatively inexpensive, and is clearly innovative – is simply for now, difficult to regulate

[OPINION] Getting envious of other countries' mass transport systems

Jan 17, 2020 - 12:25 PM

Have you ever commuted abroad and wished buses and trains were as efficient in Manila?

Mandaluyong court issues 72-hour TRO vs motorcycle taxi rider cap

Jan 06, 2020 - 3:23 PM

(UPDATED) Angkas biker Rommel Villanueva, one of the petitioners, says this decision is proof justice is on their side

INITIAL VICTORY. The 72-hour temporary restraining order against the cap on Angkas bikers is seen as an initial victory for those who have been rendered jobless. File photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

DOTr reviews concession deal after beep card issuance fee raise

Jan 03, 2020 - 3:48 PM

Pending review, the AFPI may be asked to return the original price for the beep cards or the operators for each train line may shoulder the increase

HIGHER ISSUANCE FEE. New stored value cards or beep cards now cost P30. File photo from LRTA spokesperson Hernando Cabrera's twitter

French unions vow no surrender in month-long pension strike

Jan 01, 2020 - 8:48 PM

The government says the changes are necessary to make the system fairer for all and more sustainable, but unions argue that workers, particularly in the public sector, will lose out

IN PHOTOS: New Year fireworks, smoke, and tear gas as decade begins with a bang

Jan 01, 2020 - 9:30 AM

(UPDATED) Revellers watch fireworks display from Australia to the United Kingdom to welcome 2020

BURST OF COLORS. Fireworks explode around the London Eye during New Year's celebrations in central London just after midnight on January 1, 2020. Photo by Daniel Leal-Olivas/AFP

Macron set to stand firm in pension strike standoff

Dec 31, 2019 - 10:59 PM

Union leaders are demanding Macron drop his plan for a single points-based system and a 'pivot age' of 64 to benefit from a full pension, above the official retirement age of 62

NEDA body approves P59.3-billion MRT4 project

Dec 31, 2019 - 10:43 AM

The Metro Rail Transit 4 is expected to connect the eastern parts of Metro Manila to the municipalities of Cainta and Taytay in Rizal

BUILD, BUILD, BUILD. The MRT-4 is among the 12 infrastructure projects recently approved by President Rodrigo Duterte's economic team. File photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

French government, unions exchange barbs in strike deadlock

Dec 29, 2019 - 9:11 PM

The strike has now lasted 25 days and is on course to surpass the longest transport strike in France which lasted for 28 days in the 1980s

[ANALYSIS] Why slashing the ranks of Angkas bikers is anticompetitive

Dec 26, 2019 - 12:15 PM

Is it fair for government to slash the number of Angkas bikers to make room for competitors? Is that the spirit of competition policy? Not at all.

Displaced Angkas bikers may return to unregulated ‘habal-habal’

Dec 22, 2019 - 2:48 PM

‘We came from doing illegal work. So when we found a company that showed concern for us, that loved us, that considered us partners, did you expect us to leave that kind of company?’

Motorcycle taxi riding members of Angkas start to mass up at the Edsa Whiteplains avenue in Quezon City in preparation for a protest ride around the metro. They are protesting the governments directive to cut some 17,000 members from its roster to in a bid to limit the number of angkas and make way for new players in the motorcycle taxi ventures. December 22, 2019 Photo by Jire Carreon

LOOK: Metro Manila Subway construction enters clearing phase

Dec 21, 2019 - 5:21 PM

The government aims to open the Metro Manila Subway for partial operations by 2021

FIRST STEP. The government begins clearing operations for the construction of the Metro Manila subway. Photo from DOTr

Are we hopeful for 2020? We have to be.

Dec 20, 2019 - 9:00 AM

How to move on from the #Facepalm year that was 2019

LTFRB threatens to revoke permits of overcharging ride-hailing firms

Dec 18, 2019 - 3:10 PM

As the number of complaints soar, the LTFRB reminds transport network companies of their mandates

NOT ENOUGH UNITS? The Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board received complaints from ride-hailing app users regarding the lack of transport network vehicle service units and fare hikes. File photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Will commuters still have Angkas after December 26?

Dec 18, 2019 - 9:00 AM

As the end of its pilot run nears, authorities have yet to reach a final decision on the fate of the Philippines' pioneering motorcycle taxi service

NEARING THE END. The Department of Transportation only granted a 6-month pilot run to motorcycle taxi firm Angkas, which is set to end on December 26. What will happen next? Photo by Rob Reyes/Rappler

Cagayan de Oro rolls out modern PUV fleet December 15

Dec 11, 2019 - 6:28 PM

A local transport cooperative will operate 15 modern coasters under the government's Public Utility Vehicle Modernization Program

Modern Public Utility Vehicle - The new face of a modern PUV will start to serve commuters in Cagayan de Oro Cty on December 15, 2019 from Barangay Bugo to Igpit, Opol in Misamis Oriental. Photo by Bobby Lagsa/Rappler

Inter-agency body wants expanded Angkas pilot run to include new players

Dec 10, 2019 - 9:51 AM

Based on the recommendation of the technical working group, the pilot run – which is supposed to end on December 26 – will last until June 26, 2020

ANOTHER 6 MONTHS. Angkas may be allowed to operate for another 6 months, potentially along with 6 new players in the motorcycle ride-hailing market. Photo by DARREN LANGIT/Rappler

DOTr slammed for ‘distasteful' Miss Universe social media post

Dec 09, 2019 - 1:06 PM

(UPDATED) 'There’s nothing wrong with our post. We are just trying to draw humor,' says Department of Transportation Assistant Secretary for Communications Goddes Libiran

Day 5 of public transport chaos as French strike bites

Dec 09, 2019 - 9:58 AM

The biggest labor unrest in years comes as France's economy is already dented by more than a year of weekly anti-government demonstrations by so-called 'yellow vest' activists protesting unemployment and waning spending power

TRANSPORT STRIKE. Passengers stand inside the Gare de Lyon railway station in Paris on December 8, 2019 during a strike of state railway company SNCF employees over French government's plan to overhaul the country's retirement system, as part of a national general strike. Photo by Thomas Samson/AFP

Pending LTFRB approval, Angkas pilot run to be extended – DOTr

Dec 08, 2019 - 11:19 AM

(UPDATED) The official report of the technical working group is set to come out on December 9, according to DOTr Undersecretary Mark de Leon

FOR EXTENSION? Department of Transportation Undersecretary Mark de Leon said DOTr Secretary Arthur Tugade ordered the extension of the Angkas pilot run, but the official report is yet to come out. File photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

LTFRB favors extension of Angkas pilot run to accommodate new players

Dec 06, 2019 - 11:12 PM

The proposals of 6 new motorcycle ride-hailing firms are currently being evaluated by the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board

NEW PLAYERS? While the DOTr only allowed Angkas to operate as a motorcycle taxi provider on pilot operations, the extension of the pilot run may mean the inclusion of more players. File photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Entertainment City firms slam DOTr order to transfer flights

Dec 02, 2019 - 6:00 PM

City of Dreams Manila, Solaire, and Resorts World representatives say transferring flights to Sangley Airport will inconvenience their VIP guests

TRANSFERRING FLIGHTS? Entertainment City firms said that transferring their charter flights from NAIA to Sangley Airport would be 'unreasonable'. File photo by Noel Celis/AFP)

LTO suspends bus trips as Typhoon Tisoy threatens Bicol

Nov 30, 2019 - 8:49 PM

The Land Transportation Office and those deputized by the agency are ordered to apprehend bus drivers who will defy the temporary suspension of trips to the Bicol Region

SUSPENDED. The Land Transportation Office suspends bus trips to Bicol. File photo from LTO Bicol

NAIA Consortium proposal gets go signal from NEDA Board

Nov 29, 2019 - 10:00 PM

The proposal of top Philippine conglomerates to rehabilitate the Ninoy Aquino International Airport gets the green light from the powerful NEDA Board

Passengers arrive at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) Terminal 1 in Manila on October 19, 2011. The Philippine government pledged on October 19 to improve the country's main airport after it was named the world's worst following complaints of thieving staff, dirty toilets and a collapsing ceiling. AFP PHOTO/NOEL CELIS (Photo by NOEL CELIS / AFP)

Thousands of sheep feared dead after vessel capsizes off Romania

Nov 26, 2019 - 12:07 AM

The disaster led to renewed calls for a ban on the controversial sea transport of livestock

Metro Manila-Cavite ferry routes to open soon

Nov 22, 2019 - 10:23 AM

The dry run of the first phase of ferry operations, set for early December, includes routes from the Metro Star Ferry Terminal in Cavite to SM MOA and the Cultural Center of the Philippines port

NEW FERRY ROUTES. Commuters may soon be able to take a ferry service from Metro Star Ferry Terminal to a few drop-off points in Metro Manila. Photo from Wikicommons

3 years on, what are the DOTr's top projects under Duterte?

Nov 21, 2019 - 8:08 PM

The agency's top accomplishments were either initiated before Duterte's term or have yet to be finished

TOP ACCOMPLISHMENTS. The Department of Transportation said its top accomplishments in the past three years include 3 aviation projects and the commencement of the MRT3 rehabilitation. Photo courtesy from L-R: DOTr, Cebu Pacific, DOTr, and Rappler

DOTr drops bid to modernize all jeepneys by 2020

Nov 20, 2019 - 7:25 PM

(3rd UPDATE) The Department of Transportation will now make roadworthiness the standard for allowing PUVs to remain in operation. Meanwhile, the franchise consolidation aspect of the modernization program will be upheld.

ROADWORTHY? Jeepneys will now be tested for roadworthiness instead of being replaced with modernized units. Photo from Department of Transportation - Philippines Facebook page

LRT1 now comes with a mobile app called 'ikotMNL'

Nov 19, 2019 - 6:21 PM

The app displays train schedules and crowd sizes per LRT1 station

IKOTMNL. The new mobile app provides real-time information on each LRT1 station.

LOOK: Could this PUV be the new 'King of the Road'?

Nov 10, 2019 - 2:07 PM

(UPDATED) The model developed by Toyota Motor Philippines Inc. (TMPI) costs P998,000 per unit and is targeted to be released before the end of the year. But already, some netizens have given it a thumbs down.

MODERN HILUX. Toyota Motor Philippines Inc.  unveiled a Hilux Class 1 modern public utility vehicle manufactured for the DOTr's PUV modernization program. Photo from DOTr's FB page

[OPINION] How do you solve a problem like EDSA?

Nov 09, 2019 - 2:00 PM

Traffic congestion reveals a deeper malady: lack of a well-defined land use plan for the National Capital Region

Modern Toyota-made PUVs out before 2020 – Tugade

Nov 07, 2019 - 2:28 PM

(UPDATED) The vehicle, which will have a capacity of 12-13 passengers, and won't cost more than P1 million, says the transportation secretary

NEW MODEL. Transport Secretary Arthur Tugade announced that the agency has been working with Toyota to produce a new Class 1 modernized prototype. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Software behind self-driving Uber crash didn't recognize jaywalkers

Nov 06, 2019 - 3:58 PM

The woman had been crossing the street 'at a location without a crosswalk; the system design did not include a consideration for jaywalking pedestrians,' the US National Transportation Safety Board says

UBER CRASH. Dashcam footage from the Uber vehicle shows the biker being lit up from the feet up by the self-driving vehicle moments before impact. Image from Twitter video @TempePolice.

LIST: P2P suspensions for Undas 2019

Oct 27, 2019 - 8:31 PM

Point-to-point bus schedules for the Undas long weekend

P2P UNDAS SCHEDULES. Commuters using the affected routes will need to find alternative modes of transport. Photo by Alanis Banzon/Rappler

DOTr suspends LTO official in Bicol over corruption charges

Oct 23, 2019 - 6:57 PM

LTO Bicol chief for operations Mar Jose Magistrado has been placed under preventive suspension as the agency investigates the corruption allegations against him

SUSPENDED. LTO Bicol operations chief Mar Jose Magistrado has been suspended for 90 days as the transportation department investigations corruption charges against him. Photo from the LTO Bicol Facebook page

Boeing 737 MAX flight control system key factor in Lion Air crash

Oct 23, 2019 - 6:49 PM

Grieving relatives express anger that investigators were not planning to blame Boeing or Lion Air for the disaster in their final crash report, expected Friday

LION AIR CRASH MEETING. Family members of Lion Air flight 610 victims, which crashed into the sea shortly after takeoff killing all 189 on board, register for a meeting with Indonesia's National Transportation Safety Committee in Jakarta on October 23, 2019. Photo by Bay Ismoyo/AFP

TNVS franchise applicants can now book appointments online

Oct 23, 2019 - 11:32 AM

The online appointment scheduling system aims to make TNVS franchise applications accessible, easier, and more convenient

ONLINE SCHEDULING. TNVS franchise applicants may now books their appointments online, as a way to speed up the application process. Photo by Aika Rey/Rappler

LTFRB issues 855 special permits to buses for Undas 2019

Oct 23, 2019 - 9:55 AM

The permits will be valid from October 30 to November 3, to help provide ample transportation for those observing All Saints' Day in their provinces

PROVINCIAL BUSES. Passengers queue for seats for Holy Week. File photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Random drug tests for PUV drivers ahead of Undas 2019

Oct 21, 2019 - 9:11 PM

The Land Transportation Office also intensifies roadworthiness and terminal inspections in preparation for Undas

PREPARATIONS. The Land Transportation Office started preparations for Oplan Biyaheng Ayos: Undas on Monday, October 21, through intensified roadworthiness inspections and road safety seminars. Photo from DOTr Facebook page

LTO, PNP nab 12 fixers in Quezon City

Oct 21, 2019 - 6:08 PM

The 12 fixers face charges for violating the Anti-Red Tape law and the Quezon City Anti-Fixing Ordinance, among others

NABBED. The Land Transportation Office, in coordination with the Philippine National Police, has apprehended 12 fixers in Quezon City.

[OPINION] Our undeniable transportation crisis

Oct 17, 2019 - 2:20 PM

'Heroic' commuters are prone to imagining moving abroad, where there is higher quality of life, and you can't blame them

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

[OPINION] Our commute is eating up our human rights, and we’re too tired to care

Oct 11, 2019 - 3:10 PM

'As taxpayers and as hardworking, productive members of the society, we should demand accountability from the government.... We should call out those who downplay our exhaustion.'

FAST FACTS: State of Metro Manila’s public transport system

Oct 10, 2019 - 10:07 PM

(3rd UPDATE) Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo draws flak for denying the existence of a mass transportation crisis. Let’s take a look at the state of public mass transit systems in Metro Manila.

CHOKEPOINT. Bumper to bumper traffic is seen along EDSA near Cubao, Quezon City. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

There’s a transportation crisis…

Oct 10, 2019 - 7:00 PM

Yet some officials have the gall to belittle commuters’ travail

Biazon berates transport officials: ‘Be sensitive when people feel there is a crisis’

Oct 09, 2019 - 7:07 PM

Muntinlupa Representative Ruffy Biazon laments the denial of a mass transportation crisis in Metro Manila, when the plight of the daily commuter shows otherwise

STRANDED. Commuters wait for their ride at Mendiola in Manila on October 4, 2019. File photo by Lito Borras/Rappler

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