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EXPLAINER: Not all projects are eligible for a Swiss challenge

Jan 30, 2018 - 7:36 PM

The Philippine president prefers a Swiss challenge for government projects, but the law says not all deals are eligible for that mode of implementation

SWISS CHALLENGE. Swiss challenge is when the government invites private groups to make competing offers, while giving the original proponent the right to match them. File photo

Construction of MRT-LRT common station finally begins

Sep 29, 2017 - 4:19 PM

The station linking the MRT7, MRT3, and LRT1 lines is targeted for completion in two and half years, according to the Department of Transportation

DOTr Secretary Athur Tugade (6th-R) Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea (7th-R) and PCCO Secretary Martin Andanar (5th-R) joint with Representatives From MRT-LRT and SM Mall and Trinoma Mall during the Groundbreaking Ceremony of the Common Station that will connect four lines (LRT1, MRT3,MRT7, and the Metro Manila Subway in North Triangle Transport Terminal, EDSA corner North Avenue, Quezon City on Friday, September 29,2017. Photo by DARREN LANGIT

#ThewRap: Things you need to know, September 20, 2017

Sep 20, 2017 - 11:25 AM

Hello! Here's a roundup of news you need to know this Wednesday.

People remove debris of a building which collapsed after a quake rattled Mexico City on September 19, 2017. A powerful earthquake shook Mexico City on Tuesday, causing panic among the megalopolis' 20 million inhabitants on the 32nd anniversary of a devastating 1985 quake. The US Geological Survey put the quake's magnitude at 7.1 while Mexico's Seismological Institute said it measured 6.8 on its scale. The institute said the quake's epicenter was seven kilometers west of Chiautla de Tapia, in the neighboring state of Puebla.  / AFP PHOTO / Alfredo ESTRELLA

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.

Pangilinan-Ayala group eyes MRT3 takeover by early 2018

Aug 31, 2017 - 8:25 PM

The group hopes to operate maintain and rehabilitate the Metro Rail Transit Line 3 for 32 years Will its unsolicited proposal be approved?

NEW OPERATOR SOON? MRT3 is currently being maintained by Korean-Filipino firm Busan Universal Rail Incorporated (BURI), while the system's rail replacement is being handled by the government. MRT Corporation owns the system. Photo from the Metrostar Express website

Dear politicians, we’ve documented our commute so you don’t have to

Jul 23, 2017 - 3:07 PM

We need solutions for our transportation woes and we need them fast

DAILY COMMUTE. The authors document their commute to work for politicians to see. Photo by Don Kevin Hapal

Ayala, SM taipans finally at ease over MRT-LRT common station

Apr 29, 2017 - 10:02 PM

At a recent government forum Jaime Zobel De Ayala and Teresita Sy Coson share a light hearted moment over the common station that their firms argued over for nearly 8 years

Alvarez grills DOTr over ‘ambitious’ MRT-LRT common station

Mar 15, 2017 - 3:26 PM

A visibly peeved Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez tells DOTr officials they must pay for the penalties out of their own pockets should they fail to complete the common station by 2019

GRILLING DOTR. Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez attends the hearing of the committee on transportation, which is chaired by Catanduanes Representative Cesar Sarmiento. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

Senators convinced 'best' location achieved for MRT-LRT common station

Feb 13, 2017 - 7:00 PM

But the Senate committee wants someone to be held liable for the P200 million naming rights contract of SM Prime which caused the almost 8 year delay of the project

PROBE INTO COMMON STATION. Senator Grace Poe, chair of the Committee on Public Services on Monday, February 13, 2017, leads probe into the MRT-LRT Common Station deal. Senators JV Ejercito and Sherwin Gatchalian also attended the hearing. PRIB Photo by Cesar Tomambo.

Alvarez grills DOTr officials during hearing on MRT-LRT common station

Jan 25, 2017 - 6:35 PM

UPDATED Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez says he prefers the original plan for the common station conceptualized in 2009

GRILLING. House leaders questioned the P2.8 billion memorandum of agreement between the DOTr and private firms for the development of the MRT-LRT common station. Photo by Patty Pasion/Rappler

Vitangcol eyes charges vs DOTr execs over MRT-LRT common station

Jan 19, 2017 - 6:51 PM

Former MRT3 chief Al Vitangcol III claims transportation officials violated the procurement law when they allowed a compromise deal on the common station

TURNING AGAINST DOTR. While answering to his multiple graft charges before Sandiganbayan, dismissed MRT3 General Manager Al Vitangcol wants to sue officials of the DOTr over alleged violations of the procurement laws. File photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Alvarez: P2.8-billion MRT-LRT common station too expensive

Jan 19, 2017 - 4:45 PM

Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez says the House of Representatives will review the project to check its cost and find out if it is for the convenience of passengers

COMMON STATION. Proposed design of the station that will link the three rail transits in Metro Manila. Image from the Department of Transportation

LOOK: Proposed design of MRT-LRT common station

Jan 18, 2017 - 1:20 PM

It is a P2 8 billion 13 700 square meter project that will connect the LRT1 MRT3 and MRT7

Photo by DOTr

Tugade accepts DOTr Undersecretary Kintanar's resignation

Nov 23, 2016 - 4:00 PM

Kintanar a former Ayala executive says he would like to give Tugade a free hand in addressing misconceptions or doubts as to the impartiality and independence of the DOTr

'FREE HAND'. Being a former executive director of AC and a former chief operating officer of AC Infrastructure Holdings Corporation, some lawmakers have called him out for a possible conflict of interest. Photo from Kintanar's LinkedIn account

Tugade: Train fares, tollway fees will not go up

Aug 10, 2016 - 4:40 PM

Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade also allays fears involving the granting of emergency powers vowing there will be no arbitrariness or whimsical approaches

Want better public transit in Metro Manila? Organize!

Sep 05, 2015 - 10:08 AM

Sick and tired of feeling like a second class citizen every time you ride the bus or train? Time to unite fellow straphangers

CROWDED. Getting on the MRT is a test of endurance. Photo from Dinna Dayao

Arms turnover, Duterte on MRT, TRO on Torre de Manila | 6PM wRap

Jun 16, 2015 - 6:00 PM

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Mari bicara kerumitan jalanan Jakarta

Jun 09, 2015 - 9:39 PM

MRT LRT pajak progresif apakah metode metode ini mampu hempaskan kemacetan Jakarta?

KEMACETAN JAKARTA. Setujukah Kamu bila Jakarta disebut sebagai kota termacet di dunia? Foto oleh EPA.

Coming this May: New LRT, MRT 'tap and go' cards

May 11, 2015 - 12:05 PM

The new reloadable tap and go card for passengers of Metro Manila s 3 railway lines will soon be available starting with the LRT2 this May

TAP AND GO. The new Beep card can be used in Lines 1 and 2 of the LRT and the MRT3. Photo from the Twitter account of LRT spokesman Hernando Cabrera

Aquino on Mamasapano, Germanwings pilot, Mayweather-Pacquiao | The wRap

Mar 26, 2015 - 7:48 PM

President Aquino asks for ‘understanding A pilot on the Germanwings plane that crashed was not in the cockpit The Mayweather Pacquiao fight will be on free TV

MRT fare hike debate: Who should pay?

Mar 07, 2015 - 11:48 AM

Some say Metro Manila commuters should pay for the train s services; others say even non riders who benefit from the mass transport system should contribute too

PUBLIC SERVICE. IBON Foundation president Sonny Africa discusses the MRT fare hike in UP Diliman. Photo by Patrice Manuel for UP School of Economics Student Council and UP Economics Towards Consciousness

SC told: DOTC has no authority to push train fare hike

Mar 03, 2015 - 1:49 PM

Petitioners say the DOTC failed to coordinate with the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board when it announced fare hikes for the LRT and MRT

'UNJUSTIFIED.' Militant groups rally outside the MRT3 North Avenue station in Quezon City on Monday, January 5, to protest the recent implementation of the fare hike for the train systems in metro Manila. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Are MRT/LRT riders ‘freeloaders’ or ‘parasites’?

Jan 16, 2015 - 1:45 PM

Workers across the country produce enough wealth to improve public transport in Metro Manila and public services in the provinces – but much of this wealth is being grabbed by the country’s elites not by workers

MRT upgrade, West PH 101, lechon smuggle | The wRap

Jan 06, 2015 - 7:30 PM

Malacanang says MRT and LRT improvements are about to begin The DFA wants the China conflict taught in schools Did VIP inmates use lechon or a roasted pig to smuggle contraband?

Palace: MRT, LRT upgrade begins

Jan 06, 2015 - 3:16 PM

UPDATED Malacañang says the process of improving the train systems has begun as two groups file separate petitions before the High Court to stop the implementation of the MRT and LRT fare hikes

JUMPSTARTED. Malacañang says the process of improving the MRT and the LRT has begun. File photo by AFP

Commuters speak up on MRT/LRT #farehike

Jan 05, 2015 - 6:13 PM

On Monday January 5 commuters riding the Metro Rail Transit MRT and Light Rail Transit LRT to go to work shell out more in fares

Fare hike ‘right thing to do’ - Palace

Jan 05, 2015 - 3:54 PM

Malacañang says the increase still makes the MRT and LRT cheaper than buses

'UNJUSTIFIED.' Militant groups rally outside the MRT3 North Avenue station in Quezon City on Monday, January 5, to protest the recent implementation of the fare hike for the train systems in metro Manila. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Stop MRT-LRT fare hike, SC asked

Jan 05, 2015 - 1:25 PM

Petitioners want the Supreme Court to immediately issue a temporary restraining order given the timing of the fare increase

'UNJUSTIFIED.' Militant groups rally outside the MRT3 North Avenue station in Quezon City on Monday, January 5, to protest the recent implementation of the fare hike for the train systems in metro Manila. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Youth groups greet MRT, LRT fare hikes with protest

Jan 04, 2015 - 12:42 PM

Dozens of youth activists hold sit down protests at the ticketing office of the North Avenue MRT station and other stations to oppose the baseless fare hikes in the LRT 1 LRT 2 and MRT3

'BASELESS' FARE HIKE. Youth activists protest the implementation of higher fares in the MRT and LRT lines. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

MRT fare hike, SWS on Roxas, Obama on Sony | The wRap

Dec 22, 2014 - 7:43 PM

MRT and LRT to hike fares in January Mar Roxas among top 3 for 2016 in an SWS survey US President Obama says the Sony hack was not an ‘act of war ’

Malacañang: MRT, LRT price hikes are ‘reasonable’

Dec 22, 2014 - 5:59 PM

Communications Secretary Sonny Coloma says the President refuses to pass on to the next administration problems that can be addressed now

FARE HIKES. The DOTC approves the fare hikes for the two lines of the LRT and the MRT3, which takes effect on January 4. LRT image from Shutterstock; MRT photo by Jay Directo / Agence France-Presse

Grace Poe: Stop 'insensitive' MRT, LRT fare hike

Dec 22, 2014 - 12:12 PM

The senator who has led a probe into the state of the MRT3 says the hike is an ‘added insult and an injustice to the suffering of the riding public’

Photo by Mick Basa

Bayan Muna calls for holiday probe into MRT/LRT fare hike

Dec 21, 2014 - 8:51 PM

It is the government s responsibility to subsidize public utilities partylist lawmakers say

PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION. Who's afraid of the MRT? File photo by AFP

MRT, LRT fare hikes to take effect January 4

Dec 20, 2014 - 7:00 PM

UPDATED The DOTC approves the increase in fares for the 3 major train lines in Metro Manila after several years of deferment

FARE HIKES. The DOTC approves the fare hikes for the two lines of the LRT and the MRT-3, which takes effect on January 4. LRT image via Shutterstock, MRT photo by Jay Directo/AFP

The Filipino commuter is terrified

Dec 20, 2014 - 3:19 PM

We hear familiar stories of violence and harassment but there s no talk of concrete solutions Is safety not a right in this country?

Filipinos wait for public transport vehicles along a main highway in Quezon City, east of Manila, Philippines 12 May 2008.  Photo by Rolex Dela Pena/EPA

DOTC eyeing another LRT-MRT common station

Nov 20, 2014 - 7:02 PM

The government is in talks with a unit of San Miguel Corporation for the construction of an additional common station this time at SM North EDSA

Gov’t: Pending cases not dampening investors’ confidence in PPP

Jul 04, 2014 - 9:00 AM

Investors are assured that legal remedies are available and a level playing field is in place to bid for major infrastructure projects

PENDING. Among the latest PPP projects to be put on hold is the awarding of the Cavite-Laguna project. Photo from the PPP Center

Why SM is after the MRT-LRT common station

Jun 14, 2014 - 5:46 PM

Saying it has a valid contract with government the company will fight tooth and nail for the station which is expected to bring high foot traffic to its largest mall in the Philippines

DOTC: PPP projects to boost FDI inflows

Apr 06, 2014 - 7:36 PM

The agency says the successful bidding of the AFCS and Cebu airport expansion will attract more investments into the country

DOTC, Ayala-MPIC ink agreement for MRT-LRT ticket project

Mar 31, 2014 - 5:52 PM

It s all systems go for the modernization of the MRT LRT ticketing scheme as the government signs the concession agreement for the project

WINNING BIDDER. The government awards the contract to modernize the MRT-LRT ticket system to the consortium owned by Metro Pacific Investments Corporation and Ayala Corporation. Photo obtained from the PPP Center

Subway, bus rapid transit in Metro Manila?

Mar 20, 2014 - 8:10 PM

The proposed subway will connect the cities of Taguig Makati and Pasay while the bus rapid transit will run from Manila to Quezon City

TRAFFIC. The Japan International Cooperation Agency says traffic will cost the Philippines up to P6 billion a day by 2030. File photo by Romeo Gacad/AFP

MRT, LRT ticketing system operational by Q3 2015

Nov 14, 2013 - 6:43 PM

The Transportation department says submission of bids for the project will push through on November 18

IT'S ALL SYSTEMS GO. The submission of bids for the MRT-LRT single-ticketing system will push through as scheduled. Photo obtained from the PPP Center

Our traffic hell, an exit strategy

Oct 16, 2013 - 7:30 AM

Approaches by Manila and the MMDA to the traffic problem are wrong and will only lead to mutually assured destruction

Why can Myanmar bid out infra projects but PH can't?

Sep 27, 2013 - 8:00 AM

Myanmar bid out 3 airport contracts in just 9 months but the Philippines delays crucial infrastructure projects a transportation consultant notes

WHAT'S WRONG? Why are there delays in the Philippine government's efforts to bid out infrastructure projects? Photo courtesy of the PPP Center

Free on Thursday: Train rides for gov't employees

Sep 19, 2013 - 7:08 AM

It s the 113th anniversary of the Philippine Civil Service

Aquino says reasonable to hike MRT, LRT fares

Jul 22, 2013 - 6:15 PM

President Benigno Aquino III says the government must hike the fares for the Metro Rail Transit MRT 3 and Light Rail Transit LRT 1 and 2 so it can use the subsidy for the rail systems to fund other social services

Hold MRT, LRT fare hike — Palace

Jun 21, 2013 - 6:18 PM

The proposed P10 fare hike will reduce the estimated P75 billion that government spends to subsidize the train systems

Tips for returning 'expats'

Jun 15, 2013 - 8:00 AM

Living in Manila like elsewhere presents challenges But it has its pleasures too

COMMUTE. Commuters await the train at the MRT station in Quezon City, Philippines. Photo by Raymond Virata

MVP seeks to clarify MRT-LRT ticket project revenue sharing

May 13, 2013 - 5:52 PM

MVP asks for clarification before proceeding with bidding for the Automated Fare Collection System

MVP asks for clarification before proceeding with bidding for AFCS project. Photo by Aya Lowe/Rappler

San Miguel to appeal MRT-LRT project disqualification

May 09, 2013 - 6:28 PM

San Miguel Corp to file an appeal after being disqualified from bidding for the Automated Fare Collection System project for the MRT and LRT

APPEAL. Ramon Ang said he will appeal DOTC's decision to disqualify SMC from bidding for the PPP project. Photo by AFP