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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

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

PUV modernization gets no budget in 2020: Who suffers?

Oct 07, 2019 - 8:32 AM

Among the scrapped programs is the Tsuper Iskolar initiative, which provides free skills training for displaced drivers and operators

NO SOCIAL SUPPORT. Drivers and operators will have a harder time during the modernization transition period, since the free skills training program installed for them is now unfunded. Photo by Mau Victa/Rappler  NO SOCIAL SUPPORT. Drivers and operators will have a harder time during the modernization transition period, since the free skills training program installed for the is now unfunded. Photo by Mau Victa/Rappler

‘Hodge-podge planning’: How DOTr mismanages PUV modernization program, according to senators

Oct 03, 2019 - 7:28 PM

Amid criticisms, DOTr Secretary Tugade says they are ready to dialogue, but will not consider canceling the program

HODGE-PODGE PLANNING. Senators criticized the slow progress of the PUV modernization program and the presumed lack of specific targets for the number and deadline for the rollout of modernized units. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

PUV modernization 97% behind target number of vehicles, DOTr admits

Oct 03, 2019 - 4:25 PM

Of the 85,000 modernized jeepneys needed by the end of the transition period in July 2020, only 2,595 are in operation

ONLY 3% DONE. Department of Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade says the agency is open to extending its transition for the PUV modernization program if needed. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Grab crash victim: I have not received any financial aid

Oct 02, 2019 - 4:46 PM

(UPDATED) Grab denies this allegation, showing a check for around P166,000, which it issued and was received by the victim's uncle

Karen Greneta, road crash victim at the senate hearing on the Philippine Day of Remembrance for Road Crash Victims, Survivors and Families bill. October 2, 2019. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Enchong Dee hits MMDA spokesperson Celine Pialago over transport strike statement

Oct 01, 2019 - 5:13 PM

'Why not provide for the jeepney driver’s modernization?' says the actor

Pista ng Pelikulang Pilipino Fancon. Photo by Rob Reyes/Rappler

‘Libreng Sakay' cushions transport strike’s impact

Oct 01, 2019 - 7:00 AM

Piston says that Metro Manila, along with other areas in the country, were 95% paralyzed by the strike

EFFECTIVE? Various local government units deployed Libreng Sakay buses in view of the nationwide transport strike, but a number of commuters still remained stranded. Photo by DARREN LANGIT/Rappler

LTFRB threatens to suspend, cancel franchises of operators who joined strike

Sep 30, 2019 - 9:58 PM

The PUV modernization program will continue despite the transport strike, says Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board Chairman Martin Delgra III

SUCCESS? Transport group Piston claimed that the nationwide transport strike held on Monday, September 30, was a success, but LTFRB Chairman Martin Delgra III said that reported aggressive protests mired the high participation numbers. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

IN PHOTOS: Piston says nationwide transport strike a success

Sep 30, 2019 - 7:07 PM

Despite contradicting statements from the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority, Piston claims high participation rates in Rizal, Alabang, Navotas, Davao, Southern Tagalog, and Angeles, Pampanga

LOOK: Saving their livelihoods. Jeepney drivers and operators in Baguio and Benguet together with their families and friends picketed the Department of Transportation in the city to voice out their opposition to the Jeepney Modernization Program which they said they are not against modernizing transportation but how is it being directed in favor of the big businesses. Photo by Mau Victa/Rappler

Malacañang 'will not be intimidated' by September 30 transport strike

Sep 29, 2019 - 10:50 PM

Transport groups will again protest the government's public utility vehicle modernization program, but Malacañang says the program is 'long overdue'

TRANSPORT STRIKE. A protester at a previous transport strike in July 2019. Photo by Maria Tan

Libreng sakay: Free rides on Monday due to nationwide transport strike

Sep 29, 2019 - 7:27 PM

Some local government units are offering free transport for their citizens as transport groups are set to hold a nationwide strike

FREE RIDES. The FREE RIDES. The Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) and local governments will offer free rides to affected commuters due to the September 30, 2019 nationwide transport strike. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler   and local governments will offer free rides to affected commuters due to the September 30, 2019 nationwide transport strike. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

[OPINION] Stop band-aid solutions, provide public transportation instead

Sep 29, 2019 - 4:30 PM

No Filipino should have to wake up as early as 4 am to commute to an 8 am job and punch out at 5 pm only to get home by 9 pm

#WalangPasok: Class suspensions, Monday, September 30, 2019

Sep 29, 2019 - 12:55 PM

Bookmark and refresh this page for a list of areas and schools where classes have been suspended for Monday, September 30, 2019, due to a nationwide transport strike

Tugade hits transport strikers anew: 'Your franchises are a privilege, not a right'

Sep 26, 2019 - 9:56 PM

The transport secretary announces that 20 operators have had their certificates of public convenience canceled after joining the 2017 transport strike

ANOTHER THREAT. Piston is set to lead another transport strike on Monday, September 30, against the PUV Modernization Program. File photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

#2030Now: How a group of friends started lobbying for law on dignified commuting

Sep 24, 2019 - 10:09 AM

Ira Cruz of AltMobility tells the story of how commuters decided to do something about the unpredictable public transport situation in the country

The LTFRB announced the one-peso jeepney minimum fare hike will be implemented on Friday (today), for National Capital Region (NCR), Regions III and IV. The agency added that jeepney drivers should post a notice of provisional fare increase in their vehicles before they can charge an additional fare of one peso from commuters. Photo by: DARREN LANGIT

DOTr drops bid for emergency powers to deal with traffic

Sep 23, 2019 - 5:53 PM

Senator Grace Poe, chairperson of the Senate committee on public services, has said the DOTr uses the lack of emergency powers as an excuse for failing to do its job

NOT ENOUGH TIME. The Department of Transportation has been requesting for traffic emergency powers since 2016. File photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

DOTr, San Miguel ink construction deal for Manila International Airport

Sep 18, 2019 - 6:13 PM

Groundbreaking for the new airport is set for December

FREEDOM OF CHOICE. Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade and San Miguel Corporation President Ramon Ang sign the contract to build the Manila International Airport, which Tugade says will contribute to the public’s “freedom of choice” in traveling. Photo by Loreben Tuquero/Rappler

P63 billion right-of-way funds proposed in 2020 budget

Sep 15, 2019 - 1:25 PM

Deputy Speaker Johnny Pimentel calls on the DPWH and DOTr to be transparent on their multi-billion proposed allocations for right-of-way infrastructure projects

Poe-Tugade spat escalates: 'Underperforming' vs 'full of herself'

Sep 12, 2019 - 9:25 PM

The Department of Transportation speaks for its chief, saying Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade 'will not allow himself to be used as props for political theatrics'

ONGOING FEUD. The tension between Senator Grace Poe and Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade continues beyond the Senate session hall. Photos by Joel Liporada and Angie de Silva/Rappler

Poe: DOTr using lack of emergency powers as excuse for not doing job

Sep 10, 2019 - 5:18 PM

Poe says the existing laws sufficiently cover the fast-tracking of procurement and implementation of projects

NOT NECESSARY. Senator Grace Poe, along with other senators, do not see the need for emergency powers in addressing transport concerns such as procurement and project implementation. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

‘Walang pagbabago’: Long lines ensue after MRT-3 breaks down

Sep 06, 2019 - 7:27 PM

Netizens suggest possible solutions to the public transportation crisis as the MRT break downs for almost a full day

A COMMUTER'S NIGHTMARE. An ordeal that every commuter faces as MRT-3 breaks down.

MRT resumes partial operations, repairs still ongoing

Sep 06, 2019 - 7:31 AM

(4th UPDATE) MRT-3 trips partially resume with northbound and southbound now running from the North Avenue Station to the Shaw Boulevard Station

POWER CUT. A power line is cut in the Guadalupe northbound station. Photo from DOTR MRT3 Facebook account

Railway projects get 98% of DOTr infra budget, but require P191B more

Sep 05, 2019 - 8:25 PM

Meanwhile, the road and maritime sectors have no approved infrastructure projects for 2020

RAILS, RAILS, RAILS. Department of Transportation Secretary defends his agency’s proposed budget, which allocated P106.7 billion for seven railway projects across the country. Photo from DOTr’s FB page

Former Wescom chief appointed new transport security administrator

Sep 03, 2019 - 5:26 PM

Raul del Rosario is now the administrator of the Office for Transportation Security after his stint with Clark International Airport Corporation

NEW ADMINISTRATOR. Lieutenant General Raul del Rosario's appointment papers were signed by President Rodrigo Duterte on August 28, 2019. Photo grabbed from Wescom FB

Gov’t sets P100 billion for railways in 2020

Aug 31, 2019 - 5:04 PM

In its proposed budget for next year, the DOTR expects to spend 5 times its P19.9 billion allocation for railways in 2019

[PODCAST] Laffler Talk: Trapped in traffic

Aug 30, 2019 - 7:00 PM

Marami ka bang reklamo sa biyahe? Hindi ka nag-iisa.

DOTr-MRT3 blames previous maintenance provider for revenue losses

Aug 21, 2019 - 1:59 PM

Three years after taking over, MRT operators still blame the 'mismanagement' of previous administrators for its problems

YEARS OF MISMANAGEMENT. During its stint as maintenance provider of the MRT3, Busan Universal Rail, Inc. (BURI) failed to conduct general overhaul, upgrade the signaling system, and maintain railway tracks, among others. Photo by Darren Langit

Lipad Corporation takes over Clark airport operations

Aug 18, 2019 - 11:53 AM

Lipad Corporation CEO Bu Yong Chungunco says they are 'excited' to develop Clark International Airport as the region's premier hub

TURNOVER. Lipad Corporation Bi Yong Chungunco (5th from L) and DOTr Secretary Arthur Tugade (6th from R) during the turnover ceremony on August 16, 2019. Photo courtesy of DOTr

Tugade on MRT3 losses in 2018: 'Don't judge DOTr on isolated cases'

Aug 16, 2019 - 11:30 PM

Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade plans to put 3 Dalian MRT3 trains in operation by the end of the year

NOT JUST MRT3. Department of Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade defends losses in ridership and revenue of  MRT3 in 2018.  Tugade on MRT3 losses in 2018: 'Don't judge on isolated cases'

Rappler Talk: Senator Francis Pangilinan on commuter rights bill

Aug 16, 2019 - 8:21 AM

Pangilinan hopes to restore the dignity of commuting and create a magna carta for commuters' rights

Anti-red tape body declares 'automatic approval' of pending TNVS applications

Aug 15, 2019 - 7:28 PM

LTFRB is set to release 5,061 CPCs as a result of the order

DOTr wants faster Antique Airport development

Aug 11, 2019 - 5:30 PM

The completion rate of the Antique Airport Development Project stands at 12%. It is supposed to be finished in June 2020.

Photo from DOTr

LTO to refund RFID fees starting August 15

Aug 10, 2019 - 4:21 PM

The refund applies to those who paid when they registered their vehicles from August 1, 2009 to January 15, 2010

LTFRB reshuffles cashiers, removes guards after arrest of alleged fixer

Jul 30, 2019 - 11:40 PM

LTFRB Chairman Martin Delgra III also issues a memorandum asking all regional directors to undergo a 'voluntary lifestyle check'

ANTI-CORRUPTION. LTFRB Chairman Martin Delgra III issues an anti-corruption directive after the arrest of an alleged fixer. File photo by Rambo Talabong/Rappler

Jeepney drivers to receive P20,500 Pantawid Pasada fuel subsidy

Jul 26, 2019 - 7:52 PM

Only drivers who claimed the subsidy in 2018 will qualify to receive the subsidy this year

FUEL SUBSIDY. Jeepney drivers are to get P20.5k in fuel subsidies this year. Photo by DARREN LANGIT

DOTr order permanently allows hatchbacks as TNVS

Jul 23, 2019 - 7:57 PM

Now part of public transport, hatchbacks and subcompact vehicles must seat at most 3 passengers, excluding the driver

HATCHBACK DRIVERS. Some deactivated transport network vehicles service (TNVS) driver partners of the ride-hailing app company, Grab Philippines, hold a protest caravan for the scheduled hearing of Grab with LTFRB officials on the agency's show-cause order regarding the deactivation of 8,000 Grab Drivers on June 11, 2019. File photo by Maria Tan/Rappler

With new LTFRB policy, provincial bus ban to 'hopefully' start August

Jul 23, 2019 - 2:54 PM

The new Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board amends the routes of provincial buses with terminals along EDSA to end their trips in cities of Valenzuela, Parañaque, and Sta Rosa, Laguna

CLOSURE. Provincial bus terminals along EDSA face an impending closure. File photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

DOTr orders LTFRB to allow hatchbacks as TNVS

Jul 18, 2019 - 5:31 PM

The Department of Transportation also wants hatchback units to be permanently classified for transport network vehicle services

Jeepney drivers protest PUV modernization anew

Jul 15, 2019 - 4:15 PM

Senator Grace Poe asks the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board not to 'brush aside transparency and due process' for drivers in implementing the modernization program

STRIKE. Jeepney drivers on strike staged a protest in front of the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board on July 15, 2019. Photo by Enrico Berdos/Rappler

LTFRB urges ACTO to cancel July 15 transport strike

Jul 14, 2019 - 12:45 PM

The Alliance of Concerned Transport Organizations is set to hold a transport strike on Monday, July 15

AUTOMATED. The transportation department is going to modernize the way PUVs operate through an automated fare collection system. Photo by Joel Liporada/Rappler

Grab: 'Transport holiday' had no effect on passenger bookings

Jul 08, 2019 - 6:20 PM

'Passenger booking requests were served well through efforts by TNVS drivers all over Metro Manila,' says Grab Philippines

DEACTIVATED. Some of deactivated transport network vehicles service (TNVS) driver-partners of Grab Philippines hold a protest caravan from Quezon City Memorial Circle. File photo by Maria Tan

Poe to LTFRB: Consider lifting deactivation of hatchback drivers

Jul 08, 2019 - 12:28 PM

'Matagal na nating kinilala ang kakayanan ng industriyang ito na tugunan ang kakulangan ng maayos na transportasyon sa Kalakhang Maynila. Bakit natin kailangang pahirapan ang lahat?' says Senator Grace Poe

DRIVERS. Deactivated Transport Network vehicle Service (TNVS) operators and drivers from Grab along with Lawyers for Commuters Safety and Protection announced in a press conference in Quezon City on July 4, 2019, its plan to file a class suit against the LTFRB and a Mandamus Writ to implement its own Memorandum Circular 2018-005 which allows hatchback vehicles to operate as TNVS. File photo by Jire Careeon/Rappler

Ride-hailing drivers to go on 'transport holiday' July 8

Jul 04, 2019 - 5:13 PM

Some ride-hailing drivers will go offline on July 8, in protest of the franchise requirements of the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board

HOLIDAY. Leaders of TNVS groups and their lawyers chant 'No to LTFRB's pahirap policies!' while raising banners that highlight their concerns on June 4, 2019. Photo by Enrico Berdos/Rappler

Boracay boat coop braces for modernization

Jun 29, 2019 - 4:27 PM

The Maritime Industry Authority urges all boat operators plying the Caticlan-Boarcay and Tabon-Boracay routes to phase out wooden-hauled vessels

Photo by Boy Ryan Zabal/Rappler

At least 8 dead, 15 hurt in NLEX bus crash

Jun 28, 2019 - 11:17 PM

(3rd UPDATE) LTFRB chairman Martin Delgra III has ordered his officials to issue a preventive suspension order against bus operator Buena Sher Transport 'as soon as possible'

The bodies of three passengers who was killed after a bus toppled in North Luzon Expressway Torres Bugallon, Valenzuela City. At least 8 people were killed after a bus toppled along North Luzon Expressway (NLEX) on Friday night, June 28, 2019. PHOT BY INOUE JAENA / RAPPLER