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172 MRT3 personnel test positive for coronavirus

Jul 05, 2020 - 8:20 PM

Of the MRT3 workers who became infected, 166 are train depot personnel and the remaining 6 are station personnel

UNDER GCQ. In this file photo, the MRT3 conducts a test run on all the trains from North Avenue Station up to Taft Avenue Station, before Metro Manila is placed under a general community quarantine. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

LTO to minimize face-to-face transactions, shift to digitalization

Jul 03, 2020 - 12:52 PM

PRESS RELEASE: The agency aims to further strengthen the digitalization efforts of the Department of Transportation in line with minimizing human intervention in various transactions

Quarantines hurting Middle East aviation recovery – IATA

Jul 02, 2020 - 10:00 PM

(UPDATED) The International Air Transport Association urges governments to 'implement alternatives to quarantine on arrival,' warning of the policy's impact on the aviation industry

ETIHAD. An Etihad Airways Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner. Photo from airline's website

[PODCAST] Ang hirap at gutom na dinaranas ng mga jeepney driver

Jul 02, 2020 - 8:00 PM

Ano ang ginagawa ng gobyerno para tugunan ang pangangailangan ng mga jeepney driver sa panahon ng pandemya?

'Tributes' lend a hand: How a group raised funds for Metro Manila jeepney drivers

Jul 01, 2020 - 10:16 PM

Quarantine 'tributes' pool their resources to help jeepney drivers affected by the coronavirus crisis

LTFRB allows 49 routes for traditional jeepneys starting July 3

Jul 01, 2020 - 9:50 PM

The last to resume operations among mass transport options, only 6,002 out of estimated 55,000 jeepneys are allowed to ply Metro Manila roads so far

RESUME OPERATIONS. Foot bath, face mask and plastic covers, these are what jeepney drivers are preparing at their terminal in Pasay City. Photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

No MRT3 for 4 weekends from July to September for rail work

Jun 23, 2020 - 2:50 PM

Rail replacement, in effect, will gradually increase train speed to 60 kilometers per hour and interval between trains to 3.5 minutes

SUSPENDED. The operations of the Metro Rail Transit Line 3 will be suspended for rail works. Photos by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Robredo to DOTr: Be 'compassionate,' help traditional jeepney drivers

Jun 21, 2020 - 5:35 PM

'Parang pinapaboran na naman natin dito iyong mga mayayaman.... Paano iyong mga naghikahos na hinulugan iyong kanilang mga jeep?' says Vice President Leni Robredo

Jeepney drivers plying the Tandang Sora-Visayas Avenue-City Hall route beg for financial help from the public passing by their terminal in Visayas Avenue, Quezon City on April 27, 2020. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

15 Metro Manila routes open for compliant modern jeepneys on June 22

Jun 21, 2020 - 4:50 PM

More jeepney routes will be opened within the week, while UV Express units will be allowed to operate before the end of June, adds the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board

JEEPS DURING GCQ. Drivers of Common Transport Service Cooperatives on Sunday, June 21, 2020, exhibit the interiors of a modern jeepney that follows the guidelines for public transport in light of the coronavirus pandemic. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Victory Liner lays off hundreds of workers

Jun 20, 2020 - 9:43 AM

Victory Liner – one of the Philippines' largest bus companies – had to let go of 400 employees because of financial losses due to the months-long coronavirus lockdown

VICTORY LINER. Part of the fleet of Victory Liner, Inc. Photo from the Victory Liner Facebook page

Green aviation still has electrifying future despite coronavirus

Jun 19, 2020 - 9:50 PM

The drop in air traffic due to coronavirus lockdowns is translating into a reduction in pollution, and the industry doesn't expect to recover fully before 2023

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LTO QC office shut as 12 employees positive for virus in rapid test

Jun 17, 2020 - 2:21 PM

Operations will resume on June 22

After Silvertino death, resumption of provincial bus operations pushed

Jun 17, 2020 - 8:46 AM

'It doesn't have to be this way. I'm sure we can all agree on a set of clear, systematic, and non-redundant guidelines. We owe it to our kababayans,' says Ako Bicol Representative Elizaldy Co

Commuters, hoping to leave Manila before the travel ban, flock to a bus terminal in Cubao, Quezon City on Friday, March 13, 2020. President Rodrigo Duterte announced on Thursday on the community quarantine in Metro Manila that will begin on March 15, 2020. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

Airlines hit wall of debt after coronavirus grounding

Jun 10, 2020 - 8:00 PM

The International Air Transport Association notes that while state aid is 'helping to keep the industry afloat...the next challenge will be preventing airlines from sinking under the burden of debt'

BADLY HIT SECTOR. An American Airlines plane is seen from a terminal of Reagan National Airport in Arlington, Virginia, on March 17, 2020. Photo by Mandel Ngan/AFP

LTFRB rejects Cebu mayors’ appeal to allow jeepneys under GCQ

Jun 10, 2020 - 11:48 AM

'Sometimes it is so difficult if there is a national policy that does not seem to consider reality on the ground and what the people need,' says Cebu Governor Gwendolyn Garcia

NO JEEPNEYS. No jeepneys are seen on the main streets as Cebu eases into general community quarantine on June 1, 2020.  Photo by Geo Litonjua/Rappler

Airlines headed for $84-billion net loss in 2020 – IATA

Jun 09, 2020 - 9:50 PM

'The losses this year will be the biggest in aviation history.... There is no comparison for the dimension of this crisis,' says International Air Transport Association chief Alexandre de Juniac

AMERICAN AIRLINES. The carrier's planes in Chicago. Photo from Shutterstock

How to help jeepney drivers affected by the coronavirus lockdown

Jun 04, 2020 - 3:29 PM

It's still unsure when most jeepney drivers can go back on the road. Here are ways you can help them and the 6 drivers who were arrested while holding a protest calling for the resumption of their operations.

PISTON 6. Six drivers are arrested on Tuesday, June 2, while holding a protest calling for the resumption of their operations during general community quarantine. Photo from Piston

[OPINION] The shift to GCQ: When the brakes were off and we were left on the road

Jun 04, 2020 - 1:21 PM

'Today was supposed to be my first day back at work. I woke up really early to try my luck, to no avail. No PUVs, PUJs, taxis, TNVS, nor any government-operated vehicles were in sight.'

CHR to DOTr: Lift 'discriminatory' train ban on senior citizens

Jun 02, 2020 - 5:39 PM

The Commission on Human Rights reminds government agencies to consider the situations of people when implementing policies

An unusual number of rush hour commuters queue and observe physical distancing during the resumption of MRT operations on the first day of the General of Community Quarantine in NCR on June 1, 2020. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Tugade on GCQ commuter woes: Magkapit-bisig tayo

Jun 02, 2020 - 4:08 PM

‘Sinasakripisyo ba ho natin ang mga manggagawa? Hindi po. Lahat po tayo dito sa panahon na ito ay may tama, may inconvenience, may moments of discomfort,’ says the transportation secretary

COMMUTERS. Passengers returning to work wait for augmentation buses along Commonwealth Avenue Quezon City on June 1, 2020, the first day of the general community quarantine in Metro Manila. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Senators slam DOTr's 'poor planning, lack of foresight' for commuters

Jun 02, 2020 - 2:12 PM

'Dapat maramdaman nila ang hirap na pinagdadaanan ng mga commuter. They won't be able to plan well if they don't feel and understand the people's daily struggles,' says Senator Nancy Binay

STRANDED. Passengers returning to work wait for augmentation buses along Commonwealth Avenue Quezon City on June 1, 2020, the first day of the General Community Quarantine in NCR. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

1st day of Metro Manila GCQ: ‘Walang masakyan’

Jun 01, 2020 - 11:33 PM

A stranded passenger laments the 'social injustice' brought about by the reopening of businesses without the operation of jeepneys and buses

NO RIDE. Passengers returning to work wait for augmentation buses along Commonwealth Avenue Quezon City on June 1, 2020, the first day of the General Community Quarantine in NCR. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

LTO to fine drivers who violate transportation guidelines during pandemic

Jun 01, 2020 - 8:16 PM

The Land Transportation Office says traffic enforces will fine drivers who fail to observe sanitary measures, physical distancing practices, and operate without special government-issued permits

PACKED ROADS. Buses queue at the southbound lane of EDSA near the MRT North Avenue station as rush hour traffic builds up during the first day of the general community quarantine in NCR on June 1, 2020. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

2 city bus routes to serve Bulacan, Cavite commuters starting June 2

Jun 01, 2020 - 7:08 PM

LTFRB allows Angat-Quezon Avenue and Dasmariñas-PITX city bus routes to start operating on June 2, as mass transportation remains crippled due to DOTr policies

STRANDED. Passengers returning to work wait for augmentation buses along Commonwealth Avenue Quezon City on June 1, 2020, the first day of the general community quarantine in Metro Manila. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

PNR to deploy 8 trains starting June 1

May 31, 2020 - 11:34 PM

Philippine National Railways General Manager Junn Magno says 6 of the 8 trains are newly acquired from Indonesia

LIST: P2P bus routes starting June 1

May 31, 2020 - 11:01 PM

The resumption of P2P operations is in line with the start of the general community quarantine in Metro Manila

POINT-TO-POINT. With guaranteed seats and departure schedules, the P2P service offers a more convenient ride to passengers. Photo by Cathrine Gonzales/Rappler

Over 23,000 TNVS units, taxis can ply Metro Manila roads again under GCQ

May 31, 2020 - 8:38 PM

The Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board reminds drivers, operators, and passengers to follow health protocols to prevent the spread of COVID-19

COMMUTING. Taxis accept services at SM North Edsa. Photo by Jasmin Dulay/Rappler

More MRT3 trains but at 13% capacity when Metro Manila enters GCQ

May 31, 2020 - 6:45 PM

The Department of Transportation says the number of MRT3 train sets will be increased to 19 on Monday, June 1. But each train set will only be at 13% capacity due to physical distancing.

The MRT3 today conducted a test run on all the trains from North Avenue Station up to Taft Avenue Station, one day before the Metro Manila will be under the GCQ. The trains have markings for passengers where to sit and/or stand. May 31, 2020. Photos by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Latin America's stricken airlines facing long haul to recovery

May 31, 2020 - 3:00 PM

With countries across Latin America in lockdown, flight activity plummets 93% and revenue losses are estimated at $18 billion

LATAM. A Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner of LATAM Airlines. Photo from Wikimedia Commons

On their own: Commuters and the looming transportation crisis in Metro Manila

May 29, 2020 - 5:00 PM

More commuters are seen to shift to alternative modes of transportation, as the capacity of public transportation will be reduced come GCQ

Residents of Mandaluyong City on May 16, 2020, use their bicycles to travel for work and buy essentials as access to public transport is not yet allowed during the MECQ period. Photo by Rob Reyes/Rappler

On June 1, no city buses, traditional jeepneys in Metro Manila yet

May 29, 2020 - 3:17 PM

The resumption of public transportation will be done in two phases

QC TRAFFIC. Early morning traffic along Commonwealth Avenue in Quezon City build up with mostly private vehicles as people starts reporting for work on May 18 2020. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

DOTr wants more int'l flights landing in regional airports starting June 1

May 29, 2020 - 12:09 AM

The plan will be a big help to overseas Filipino workers returning to hometowns in the Visayas and Mindanao

Outgoing passengers, mostly in personal protectie suits, check-in at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport Terminal 1 on May 22, 2020, for at least three hours before their flight schedule. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Buses to make up for reduced train capacity in Metro Manila – Tugade

May 28, 2020 - 11:37 PM

These buses will ply a dedicated lane in EDSA, says the transportation chief as the government prepares to reopen public transportation on June 1

500 police trainees participate in the simulation exercise of LRT line 2 operation at the Recto station on May 26, 2020, for the implementation of social distancing protocol as preparation for the train's resumption of operations. Photo by KD Madrilejos/Rappler

Will public transportation be enough once Metro Manila is placed under GCQ?

May 27, 2020 - 6:45 PM

(UPDATED) With the pandemic, the Department of Transportation finds a golden opportunity to push the controversial PUV modernization from the back burner

Vehicle traffic builds up at a checkpoiny along EDSA in Mandaluyong, City on May 16, 2020, the start of the MECQ Photo by Czar Dancel/Rappler

Buses and jeeps banned, modified coding for cars, in pitched Metro Manila GCQ

May 27, 2020 - 2:09 PM

The Metro Manila Council suggests allowing taxis and TNVS, and letting private cars go out on coding day on the condition there are at least two passengers. These are still up for approval.

MOBILITY. Early morning traffic along Commonwealth Avenue in Quezon City build up with mostly private vehicles as people starts reporting for work on May 18 2020. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler


Airlines given $123 billion in state aid – IATA

May 27, 2020 - 8:00 AM

While governments are coming to the rescue of embattled airlines, the International Air Transport Association points out that $67 billion of the $123 billion committed so far would have to be repaid

VIRUS IMPACT. This undated handout, released on March 18, 2020, shows a crew member in a protective suit serving passengers onboard a flight between Europe and Vietnam. Photo from Vietnam Airlines/AFP

[OPINION] Breaking the wheel: The rise of bicycle-riding

May 25, 2020 - 12:10 PM

'LGUs must avoid building bicycle infrastructures just for the sake of doing it. It is not enough to create bikeways by just laying down paint on the road.'

DOLE sees 5 million jobs losses due to pandemic

May 20, 2020 - 11:06 PM

Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III agrees that unemployment due to the pandemic could even rise to 10 million

UNEMPLOYMENT TO RISE. Mall visitors pass inside a temperature and disinfection channel at the entrance of Uptown Mall in Bonifacio Global City, Taguig City as some establishments begin to operate partially after the ease in restriction under Modified Enhanced Community Quarantine. Photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

Aviation needs confidence to take off again – industry chief

May 20, 2020 - 7:45 PM

The International Air Transport Association says airlines are working on developing procedures that would be safe and permit economically viable operations

GRIM INDUSTRY. Commercial planes of Swiss International Air Lines are parked on the tarmac at the Geneva Airport on March 12, 2020. Photo by Fabrice Coffrini/AFP

DOTr eyes faster MRT3 by 4th quarter of 2020

May 19, 2020 - 8:30 PM

If rail replacement activities are completed in September 2020, the Department of Transportation says the current 30 km/h speed of the MRT3 could be gradually increased to 60 km/h by December 2020

Workers offload new rails for the MRT-3 at the PITX staging area in Paranaque City on Friday, August 2, as part of the on-going rehabilitation of the dilapidated rails. Photo by Ben Nabong

Sakay.ph now has GPS tracking for some public transport in Pasig

May 18, 2020 - 11:40 PM

Sakay.ph is working with the Pasig City government to allow users to track buses and shuttles plying specific routes as they make their way through the city

PUVs ordered to keep list of passengers for contact tracing

May 18, 2020 - 1:54 PM

Passengers are urged to keep a list of public transport taken in case they unknowingly come into close contact with a coronavirus case

BACK ON THE ROAD. Vehicles pile up at a control point along the westbound lane of Quezon Avenue at 10:00 in the morning, May 14, 2020. Photo by Lisa Marie David/Rappler

Labor group urges lifting of public transport ban during modified ECQ

May 16, 2020 - 6:45 PM

'Companies should provide transportation to workers, but public transportation is really key to enable workers traverse major thoroughfares of Metro Manila,' says Kilusang Mayo Uno

NO PUVS. Vehicle traffic builds up at a checkpoiny along EDSA in Mandaluyong City on May 16, 2020, the start of the MECQ Photo by Czar Dancel/Rappler

LTFRB limits number of taxis, TNVS operating during GCQ

May 15, 2020 - 5:28 PM

LTFRB requires taxis and ride-hailing operators to implement cashless payment

BACK IN OPERATION. PNP personel wearing Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) manning the Cavite-NCR Border Checkpoint in Barangay San Nicolas, Bacoor City. Photo by Dennis Abrina

DOTr urges LGUs: Develop more facilities to make biking safer

May 14, 2020 - 7:49 PM

The Department of Transportation tells local government units to craft ordinances that will encourage biking among their constituents

BICYCLES ENCOURAGED. Some local government units are adopting policies to make their areas more bike-friendly. File photo by Mau Victa/Rappler

No fare increase once ECQ lifted, LTFRB says

May 11, 2020 - 3:20 PM

The government will provide bus and jeepney operators fuel subsidy worth 30% of their daily consumption

PHYSICAL DISTANCE. In compliance of the social distancing measures, the LRT Line 2 installs markers on May 5, 2020, in prepration for the "new normal" seating arrangement for its passengers. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

LIVE: Senate hearing on resumption of public transport

May 11, 2020 - 10:38 AM

Watch the hearing live on Rappler at 10:30 am on Monday, May 11

LRT-1 releases safety guidelines for post-lockdown operations

May 09, 2020 - 1:37 PM

The Light Rail Manila Corporation releases guidelines for the resumption of operations during the coronavirus pandemic

PHYSICAL DISTANCING. The area in front of the ticket booth is marked to guide passengers to observe physical distancing. Photo from LRMC

Reconsider train ban on pregnant women, elderly – CHR

May 08, 2020 - 11:23 AM

(UPDATED) The ban on elderly persons and pregnant women from using the MRT, LRT, and PNR would take effect when enhanced community quarantine is lifted in Metro Manila

Members of Manila Police District led by District Director General Bernabe Balba give flowers to passengers of LRT Central Station in Arroceros, Manila to celebrate the Valentines Day on February 14, 2020. Photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

LTO extends expired licenses' validity 2 months after lockdown

May 06, 2020 - 7:00 PM

The Land Transportation Office will not issue penalties for late registration of vehicles

LICENSE RENEWAL. In this file photo, Transport Secretary Arthur Tugade tried out the application process for the new driver's license cards that are valid for 5 years. Photo by the Department of Transportation