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MRT3 maintenance provider files graft complaint vs DOTr's Chavez

Sep 20, 2017 - 7:05 PM

But Transportation Undersecretary Cesar Chavez defends the non-payment of fees to Busan Universal Rail Incorporated, saying he is only being careful with government funds

NON-PAYMENT. Busan officials Corporate Secretary Charles Mercado (center) and lawyer Redentor Roque (right) file a graft complaint against Transport Undersecretary Cesar Chavez for non-payment of fees over the maintenance of MRT3. Photo by Lian Buan/Rappler

Singaporean accused of swapping tags on bags at airport

Sep 20, 2017 - 6:15 PM

A Singaporean baggage handler is charged with 'mischief' for allegedly swapping tags on hundreds of suitcases at the city-state's airport, causing them to end up at the wrong destination

BUSY AIRPORT. In this file photo, travelers walk into the departure hall of Singapore's Changi International Airport on May 12, 2016. Roslan Rahman/AFP

After a decade, construction of MRT-LRT Common Station to begin in September

Sep 19, 2017 - 9:10 PM

The coveted project has seen 3 transportation secretaries come and go. Finally, the construction will start on September 29.

House panel approves bill requiring car seats for kids

Sep 19, 2017 - 3:58 PM

Under the proposed measure, owners of private vehicles should secure children in a child restraint system while in transit on any road, street, or highway

Fariñas to enforcers: Don't apprehend lawmakers for minor traffic violations

Sep 18, 2017 - 7:16 PM

The House Majority Leader says congressmen should be allowed to proceed to Batasan to work, and Speaker Alvarez will turn them over to traffic authorities after the session

TRAFFIC VIOLATIONS. House Majority Leader Rodolfo Fariñas cities parliamentary immunity from minor traffic violation apprehension in a House transport committee hearing on Monday, September 18. File photo

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

India's first bullet train project fast-tracks Japanese ties

Sep 14, 2017 - 2:53 PM

The project is seen as emblematic of warming relations between New Delhi and Tokyo who are seeking to combat China s growing regional influence

BULLET TRAIN. This handout photograph released by India's Press Information Bureau (PIB) on September 14, 2017 shows Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi (L) and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe looking at a railway station model at a ground breaking ceremony for the Mumbai-Ahmedabad high speed rail project in Ahmedabad. PIB/Handout/AFP

Berlin in political dog fight over airport chaos

Sep 13, 2017 - 11:31 AM

As the 6 billion euro 7 2 billion BER airport sits empty marred by cascading technical problems momentum is building to keep open the smaller Tegel airport it is meant to replace

STILL NOT OPEN. An aerial view shows the unfinished BER Willy Brandt Berlin Brandenburg International Airport in Schoenefeld, eastern Germany, on May 19, 2017. dpa / Ralf Hirschberger / AFP

NEDA Board approves Metro Manila Subway, longest railway

Sep 12, 2017 - 7:30 PM

UPDATED These big ticket projects will be funded via official development assistance ODA from either China or Japan

BETTER TRANSPORT. These big-ticket projects form part of Mega Manila Dream Plan, a transport network roadmap seen to decongest the country’s capital. Images courtesy of www.build.gov.ph

Insolvent Air Berlin scraps flights over 'ill' pilots

Sep 12, 2017 - 5:19 PM

Air Berlin filed for insolvency in mid August after its main shareholder Gulf carrier Etihad pulled the plug on its cash lifeline

BARELY SURVIVING. An Air Berlin plane is pictured on the tarmac at the Tegel airport in Berlin on August 15, 2017. Odd Andersen/AFP

Buses, jeepneys in the Philippines to be modernized by 2020

Sep 11, 2017 - 7:30 PM

The Department of Transportation signs a memorandum of understanding with the Development Bank of the Philippines to provide loans to PUV cooperatives for the purchase of new vehicles

WAITING FOR A RIDE. Passengers gather along Tandang Sora, Commonwealth Avenue in Quezon City during a national transport strike. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Philippines: A nation on the road to progress

Sep 07, 2017 - 4:29 PM

With efforts coming from the public and private sectors our country slowly but surely makes for itself a better transport system

$7-B Metro Manila subway to be extended to NAIA

Sep 06, 2017 - 6:10 PM

From an earlier projection of 4 4 billion P225 17 billion the cost of the proposed subway goes up to 7 billion P358 25 billion

WATCH: How Uber got suspended and why it matters

Sep 01, 2017 - 9:33 PM

Who was wrong in the Uber saga? What does the controversy say about the country s transportation problems?

#FridayFeels: P190 million later

Sep 01, 2017 - 8:00 PM

Uber is back but what has the government done to fix the terrible traffic?

LTO rolls out drivers' licenses valid for 5 years

Aug 29, 2017 - 9:13 PM

The entire application process for the new driver s license cards takes about 5 minutes the transportation secretary says

5-YEAR LICENSES. 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

Basagan ng Trip: What's the government's problem with ride-sharing companies?

Aug 29, 2017 - 7:06 PM

What s behind the government s crackdown on Uber?

Uber, Ombudsman, Bautista | Evening wRap

Aug 29, 2017 - 6:47 PM

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'Uber is back:' Netizens celebrate as LTFRB lifts suspension

Aug 29, 2017 - 6:19 PM

Meanwhile some social media users direct their attention toward the LTFRB after its decision to lift the suspension

LTFRB lifts Uber suspension

Aug 29, 2017 - 5:05 PM

Uber can operate in the Philippines again after the company paid a P190 million fine and provided compensation to its drivers

UBER BACK. The LTFRB allows the transportation giant to operate once more. File photo from Agence France-Presse

Uber pays P190-M fine but still suspended

Aug 29, 2017 - 2:51 PM

The LTFRB still requires Uber to submit proof that it has paid its drivers P299 24 million during the days they were not allowed to ply the streets

STILL SUSPENDED. Uber submits incomplete requirements to lift its suspension. File photo by Rob Reyes/Rappler

A day without Uber

Aug 29, 2017 - 9:49 AM

How were the last two weeks for you?

Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

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

P190-M fine should make Uber ‘rethink’ actions – Poe

Aug 26, 2017 - 6:52 PM

Senator Grace Poe however is quite disappointed the LTFRB released its decision late on Friday barring Uber from paying the penalty immediately

WELCOMED DECISION. Senate Grace Poe agrees with the LTFRB's decision to fine Uber P190 million in order to life its suspension. File photo by Senate PRIB

Uber to resume PH service 'soon' after fine

Aug 26, 2017 - 2:17 PM

Uber will be paying LTFRB a fine of P190 million and will give its drivers financial aid for lost earnings

LTFRB to Uber: Pay P190 million, we'll lift suspension

Aug 25, 2017 - 10:49 PM

UPDATED The LTFRB bases the fine on the daily earnings of Uber which it estimates to earn between P7 million and P10 million per day by servicing at least 150 000 trips a day

SUSPENSION CONVERTED. LTFRB chief Martin Delgra faces media to explain their stand on transport network companies. File photo by Rambo Talabong/Rappler

DOTr to terminate MRT maintenance contract

Aug 24, 2017 - 10:32 PM

It is clear to us that the maintenance service provider is not procuring the proper spare parts consumables and capital spares for MRT3 DOTr reveals in its budget hearing at the House of Representatives

HEARING. The Department of Transportation seeks a proposed budget of P73.8 billion for 2018. Photo by Aika Rey/Rappler

What to expect in LTO's practical driving exam

Aug 24, 2017 - 4:50 PM

Drivers applying for a license must pass both the written exam and the practical driving exams

TEST DRIVE. Drivers applying for a license must make one full round and park in the obstacle course.

LTO pushing for different licensing exams per vehicle

Aug 22, 2017 - 5:52 PM

Applicants for driver s licenses must prepare for more vehicle specific type of written exams

42 injured in U.S. train crash – authorities

Aug 22, 2017 - 5:24 PM

All 42 people on board the moving train in Philadelphia Pennsylvania suffer non life threatening injuries when their high speed train runs into a stationary unoccupied train

Qatar denies blocking Saudi hajj pilgrimage flights

Aug 21, 2017 - 1:58 PM

An official source in the Qatar Civil Aviation Authority described as baseless the news that allegedly claimed that the state of Qatar refused to allow Saudi Airlines to transport the Qatari pilgrims

DOHA AIRPORT. A Qatar Airways plane lands at the Hamad International Airport in the Qatari capital Doha on June 12, 2017. Karim Jaafar/AFP

#ThewRap: Videos you need to watch this week, August 12-19, 2017

Aug 20, 2017 - 2:28 PM

Must watch videos from this week

KIAN IS MY SON. Saldy delos Santos holds up his son's school ID, their only proper photo of their son. Photo by Eloisa Lopez/Rappler

Try as it might, LTFRB can’t repeal the law of supply and demand

Aug 19, 2017 - 8:30 AM

To improve the welfare of the riding public don’t kill a new industry that many people have come to love and depend on

Declined, cancelled on by drivers, lawmaker calls on LTFRB to check Grab

Aug 18, 2017 - 7:29 PM

Puwersa ng Bayaning Atleta Representative Jericho Nograles says was refused three times and at least two Grab drivers cancelled on him before one finally decided to take him

TOO MUCH? A lawmaker experiences first-hand issues with ride-sharing platform Grab. File photo by Rob Reyes/Rappler

Uber and LTFRB, Human Rights Watch, Alejano | Evening wRap

Aug 17, 2017 - 7:36 PM

Watch the evening newscast with Marguerite de Leon

LTFRB allows drivers to switch to Grab, U-Hop during Uber suspension

Aug 17, 2017 - 4:25 PM

The affected drivers should present proof of Uber accreditation and proof of insurance coverage

grab application on phone. Photo by Rob Reyes/Rappler

Uber, Gross Domestic Product, Chinese tourists | Midday wRap

Aug 17, 2017 - 12:39 PM

Watch the midday newscast with Marguerite de Leon

Uber to give financial aid to its drivers

Aug 17, 2017 - 9:40 AM

Drivers will get assistance based on their performance for the past 28 days

AFFECTED UBER DRIVER. Ronan Barrientos is one of the 60,000 Uber drivers who will be affected by the LTFRB suspension. File photo by Raisa Serafica

Uber, Taguiwalo, Mile Long property | Evening wRap

Aug 16, 2017 - 9:22 PM

Watch the evening newscast with Marguerite de Leon

Transport groups file complaint vs Uber for 'wanting to be above the law'

Aug 16, 2017 - 8:45 PM

These groups say Uber s unauthorized vehicles would [wreak] havoc [on] the country s transport plans and programs

DEADLOCK. Traffic along Shaw Blvd, Mandaluyong on August 15, 2017. Photo by Rob Reyes/Rappler

Uber is not perfect, and we should not be afraid to point that out

Aug 16, 2017 - 5:41 PM

If we continue to push for solutions that only benefit a fraction of the public then we continue to be part of the problem

Uber asks LTFRB to change suspension to fine

Aug 16, 2017 - 3:50 PM

The Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board will need one more week to hear the new request In the meantime Uber remains suspended

Photo from LTFRB

Uber apologizes to LTFRB for 'misunderstanding'

Aug 16, 2017 - 12:55 PM

If there s been a misunderstanding in the past that s on us and I apologize for that misunderstanding says Uber regional executive Michael Brown

As Uber hits the brakes, TNC applicants eye share of riders

Aug 16, 2017 - 10:59 AM

At stake is a demand of 300 000 phone booked trips per day the LTFRB estimates

WAITING. UBER office in Mandaluyong City. Photo by Rob Reyes/Rappler

Uber and LTFRB, Shabu smuggling, Faeldon | Evening wRap

Aug 15, 2017 - 8:40 PM

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An Uber driver's fear: That's my only source of income

Aug 15, 2017 - 7:41 PM

What if LTFRB s suspension of the transport network company extends beyond 30 days?

Uber suspension stays as LTFRB junks appeal

Aug 15, 2017 - 6:55 PM

UPDATED Uber says it is disappointed but will comply with the one month suspension order

DENIED. LTFRB denies Uber's motion for reconsideration. Photo by Rambo Talabong/Rappler

Leader of TNVS drivers' group: Uber at fault

Aug 15, 2017 - 6:35 PM

TeamSpeed president Bobby Coronel hopes Uber will learn its lesson and fully comply with regulations

DEMAND. TeamSpeed president Bobby Coronel says Uber must provide for their drivers now forbidden to ply the roads. Photo by Rambo Talabong/Rappler

Grab puts cap on surge charges after Uber suspension

Aug 15, 2017 - 3:52 PM

The maximum 1 4x surge amounts to an additional fare of at least P20 and at most P50 the company says

LOWER SURGE. Grab country head Brian Cu says they do not want to charge riders too much after Uber's suspension. Grab app photo by Rob Reyes/Rappler

Malacañang stands by LTFRB decision to suspend Uber

Aug 15, 2017 - 1:00 PM

While the Palace empathizes with commuters it stresses that the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board is just doing its job

UBER ISSUE. Presidential Spokesman Ernesto Abella says Malacañang recognizes the efficient services provided by transport network companies. Uber app photo by Rob Reyes/Rappler