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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

Aviation industry opposes leaving middle seat empty

May 06, 2020 - 8:15 AM

'Eliminating the middle seat will raise costs. If that can be offset with higher fares, the era of affordable travel will come to an end,' warns the International Air Transport Association

PLANE. Medical personnel in protective gear serve breakfast and check for signs of fever among passengers inside a charter plane on their way back from Japan to Canadian Forces Base Trenton on February 20, 2020. Photo by Lolita Wiesner/AFP

DOTR wants to bring home students stranded in dorms

May 05, 2020 - 5:37 PM

To join the program, which is subject for approval of the government task force on the coronavirus outbreak, students will have to fill up a Google Form which will determine the number of students and destinations to be accommodated

Airport rental holiday extended to May 15

May 02, 2020 - 7:45 PM

Landing and take-off, and parking fees for domestic and international flights in CAAP airports are also deferred for a year, until March 2021

AIRPORTS. Passengers crowd the NAIA Terminal 3 in Pasay City on March 13, 2020, following President Duterte's announcement of a community quarantine on March 15 to prevent to prevent the spread of covid-19. Photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler


Tugade pushes for reopening of airports in GCQ areas

May 02, 2020 - 12:14 PM

'This will plant the seeds for domestic tourism. This should seriously be considered,' says Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade

Passengers crowd the NAIA Terminal 1 on March 19, 2020, after the announcement of the government lifting the ban on international flights flying in and out of the country. Photo by KD Madrilejos/Rappler

Air traffic plunges 53% in March 2020 – IATA

Apr 29, 2020 - 11:25 PM

'The industry is in free fall and we have not hit bottom,' warns the International Air Transport Association

Flight passengers are seen next to a board displaying cancelled flights and departures at the airport of Frankfurt am Main, western Germany, on March 16, 2020, where air traffic slowed down due to the spread of the novel coronavirus. (Photo by Torsten Silz / AFP)

Aviation industry warns of cargo capacity shortfall

Apr 29, 2020 - 9:00 AM

The International Air Transport Association says the gap in cargo capacity 'must be addressed quickly because vital supplies must get to where they are needed most'

A picture taken on April 6, 2020 shows medical protection supplies from China unloaded from a Boeing 747 cargo aircraft at Geneva Airport amid the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19). - 92 tons of protection equipment such as masks, gloves, suits, glasses and thermometers has been delivered by air, in a private operation by the Swiss-Chinese Chamber of Commerce and the Geneva Chamber of Commerce aiming to meet the needs of local hospitals. (Photo by SALVATORE DI NOLFI / POOL / AFP)

Middle East air traffic to plunge by half on virus impact – IATA

Apr 23, 2020 - 9:00 PM

The International Air Transport Association expects airlines in the Middle East and North Africa to see their revenues slashed by $24.5 billion in 2020

An Etihad Airways aircraft, flight 171 from Abu Dhabi, comes in for a landing at Los Angeles International Airport on March 21, 2017 in Los Angeles, California.  From toothpaste to pocket knives, ink cartridges and scissors, the US cabin ban on electronic devices on flights from the Middle East and North Africa adds to a long list of products already blacklisted on international flights. / AFP PHOTO / FREDERIC J. BROWN

Airlines face uncertain future and need aid fast – IATA

Apr 16, 2020 - 9:15 AM

The International Air Transport Association estimates that 25 million jobs are at stake worldwide

LUFTHANSA GROUP. A Lufthansa aircraft and a plane of the company's Germanwings subsidiary are pictured at the Düsseldorf Airport in Germany on March 26, 2015. File photo by Patrik Stollarz/AFP

Airline revenues to nosedive by 55% in 2020 – IATA

Apr 15, 2020 - 12:45 AM

'Without urgent relief, many airlines will not survive to lead the economic recovery,' warns the International Air Transport Association

DESERTED. A general view shows a terminal at Milan-Malpensa Airport in Ferno, in one of Italy's quarantine red zones on March 9, 2020. Photo by Miguel Medina/AFP

Former transportation undersecretary Primitivo Cal dies

Apr 08, 2020 - 5:41 PM

(UPDATED) Ex-Department of Transportation and Communications undersecretary Primitivo Cal dies at 76

IN MEMORIAM. Transportation expert Primitivo Cal dies at 76. Rappler screenshot

DOTr, 2GO to convert 2 passenger vessels into quarantine ships

Apr 05, 2020 - 6:00 PM

The Department of Transportation says the 2GO ships would be able to serve 1,500 patients

2GO. A vessel of shipping and logistics firm 2GO. Photo from 2GO website

Global air passenger demand sees steepest decline since 9/11 – IATA

Apr 02, 2020 - 11:55 PM

The slump in February 2020 reflects 'collapsing domestic travel in China and sharply falling international demand to or from and within the Asia-Pacific region'

This picture shows airline's checkin counters in a quiet departure lobby of the Tokyo's Haneda Airport International Terminal on March 30, 2020, amid concerns of the COVID-19 coronavirus. (Photo by Kazuhiro NOGI / AFP)

Gov't eyes seizure of abandoned cargo at congested Manila port

Apr 01, 2020 - 6:55 PM

Overstaying cargo would be seized in favor of the government, under a proposed joint memorandum circular

CONGESTED. The Manila International Container Terminal has over 36,000 shipments at the port. Photo from DOTr

Mideast airlines must tap handouts to survive virus crisis

Mar 27, 2020 - 4:50 PM

The International Air Transport Association says 2020 revenues of Middle Eastern carriers are expected to drop by $19 billion or 39%

IN THE RED. An Etihad Airways plane takes off in London on May 13, 2017. Photo from Shutterstock

Airlines headed for 'apocalypse' without aid – IATA

Mar 24, 2020 - 11:55 PM

'Airlines are fighting for survival in every corner of the world,' says International Air Transport Association chief Alexandre de Juniac

An aircraft of German airline group Lufthansa is immobilised next to the runway that has been closed at the airport in Frankfurt, Germany, on March 23, 2020, as the group kept just a fraction of its flights going as the industry grapples with an unprecedented crisis over the novel coronavirus pandemic. (Photo by Arne Dedert / POOL / AFP)

Why is 'Thank you coronavirus' trending on Twitter?

Mar 23, 2020 - 8:09 PM

The Department of Transportation takes down its post which thanks the coronavirus, apologizing to the public over the post that was supposed to 'provide an enlightening and awakening narrative into this pandemic'

Airlines need up to $200 billion in emergency aid – IATA

Mar 19, 2020 - 8:30 PM

The International Air Transport Association warns that 'airlines are fighting for survival' and 'millions of jobs are at stake'

This undated handout from Vietnam Airlines released on March 18, 2020 shows a crew member in a protective suit, as a preventive measure against the COVID-19 novel coronavirus, serving passengers onboard a flight between Europe and Vietnam. (Photo by Handout / VIETNAM AIRLINES / AFP) / -----EDITORS NOTE --- RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT "AFP PHOTO / VIETNAM AIRLINES " - NO MARKETING - NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS - NO ARCHIVE

Government to provide transpo to health workers, outbound OFWs

Mar 18, 2020 - 11:37 AM

Essential workers, or those who fall under the lockdown exemptions, have to secure special passes

LOCKDOWN. An empty EDSA from Estrella in Makati to Ortigas, Pasig on March 17, 2020 due to the suspension of public transportation under enhanced community quarantine. Stranded commuters have walk to head home. Photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler