Metro Manila transportation - updates

Rappler's latest stories on Metro Manila transportation


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

[OPINION] How do you solve a problem like EDSA?

Nov 09, 2019 - 2:00 PM

Traffic congestion reveals a deeper malady: lack of a well-defined land use plan for the National Capital Region

There’s a transportation crisis…

Oct 10, 2019 - 7:00 PM

Yet some officials have the gall to belittle commuters’ travail

Who won the March 19 transport strike?

Mar 19, 2018 - 11:36 PM

Despite an exchange of statements, the government and transport group Piston have not moved closer to a consensus

PROTEST. Members of the Pinagkaisang Samahan ng mga Tsuper at Operator Nationwide (Piston) hold another strike against the jeepney phaseout on Monday, March 19, 2018, along Aurora Blvd. in Cubao, Quezon City. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

#FridayFeels: P190 million later

Sep 01, 2017 - 8:00 PM

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

Bad taxi drivers beware: 'Oplan Isnabero' starts December 14

Dec 12, 2016 - 3:17 PM

The Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board in partnership with malls urges the public to report complaints against erring taxi drivers this Christmas season

OPLAN ISNABERO. The Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board launches its Oplan Isnabero on December 14, 2016 against erring taxi drivers nationwide. Photo by Khristine Montenegro/Rappler's new app shows MRT congestion levels

Nov 27, 2016 - 6:20 PM

Traincheck gives commuters info on how crowded the train stations are and tells them when s the best time to leave

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Cops to help man traffic at C5, Commonwealth, NAIA Expressway

Nov 13, 2016 - 6:00 PM

PNP Highway Patrol Group personnel will be deployed to address the traffic problem and ensure the safe travel of motorists

Commuters stranded in a traffic along commonwealth Ave. during rush hour. Photo by Joel Liporada/Rappler/File

We're waiting for House to work on emergency powers – Poe

Aug 30, 2016 - 6:22 PM

The Senate committee on public services chairperson hits the Department of Transportation anew for failing to provide a list of concrete projects and plans to solve the traffic crisis

Photo by Office of Sen Poe

Commuters should see results in next 100 days – Palace

Jul 12, 2016 - 1:44 PM

More convenient locations for purchasing train tickets and improved waiting rooms for commuters are some proposals presented to President Duterte in the July 11 Cabinet meeting

TRANSPORTATION WOES. The MRT3 trainline carries 600,000 passengers daily across Metro Manila. File photo by Rappler

Drilon files bill for Duterte's emergency powers to fix traffic

Jul 01, 2016 - 4:39 PM

If passed into law the bill would give President Rodrigo Duterte emergency powers for two years

SOLVING TRAFFIC. Senate President Franklin Drilon wants to give emergency powers to President Rodrigo Duterte to solve traffic in Metro Manila.

Cable cars 'not the answer' for Metro Manila mass transit needs

Jun 29, 2016 - 9:00 AM

How feasible is the proposal of the incoming transportation chief to put up a cable car system?

SUBWAY IN THE SKY. The country's incoming transportation chief wants a cable car system in Makati, Pasig and Laguna

Duterte eyes emergency powers vs traffic 'crisis'

Jun 20, 2016 - 3:20 PM

Incoming Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade says Kung nabababoy na ang kabuhayan natin at di ito krisis ano ang krisis?

LTFRB rejects Grab plea to resume GrabBike operations

Mar 04, 2016 - 4:47 PM

LTFRB says bike services may not be considered alternative public transport due to safety reasons

LAST RIDE. The Philippine government rejects Grab Philippines' petition to resume operations of GrabBike. Photo by Adrian Portugal/Rappler

LTFRB to arrest GrabBike drivers

Mar 02, 2016 - 2:13 PM

During a hearing the LTFRB chief books a GrabBike ride to prove that the service is still ongoing despite a cease and desist order

APPREHENDED. The LTFRB apprehended a GrabBike driver on Wednesday, March 2. The motorcycle-hailing service continued operations despite a cease and desist order. Photo from the LTFRB

Metro Manila traffic 'most critical problem' of next gov't

Jan 24, 2016 - 12:19 PM

With traffic costing the country P3 billion a day and forecasts of an uninhabitable Metro Manila in 5 years the search is on for a presidential candidate with a solution

GRIDLOCK. The 2015 Global Driver Satisfaction conducted by the navigation app Waze shows that the Philippines is among the countries with the worst driving experiences. File photo by Kevin de la Cruz/Rappler

Legarda: Practice road-sharing, don't be car-centric

Jan 11, 2016 - 1:11 PM

A provision in the 2016 national budget allows the use of certain MMDA funds for road sharing activities

BIKING FOR A CAUSE. Bikers join the Share the Road movement's march to the Supreme Court on February 17, 2014 to file a petition for government agencies to implement road-sharing. Photo by Pia Ranada/Rappler

PH transportation, new immigration chief, Pia Wurtzbach | 12PM wRap

Jan 07, 2016 - 12:00 PM

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Are Grab drivers abusing commuters' rights?

Sep 09, 2015 - 3:02 PM

UPDATED GrabTaxi and GrabCar resort to prohibited practices: asking for tips and refusal to convey due to the intended destination of the commuter says a former MMDA official

A screen grab of social media posts of netizens complaining about GrabCar's service courtesy of Yves Gonzalez.

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

Why government regulation of Uber and GrabCar will not help us

Aug 17, 2015 - 2:40 PM

A ride sharing convert says the government s move to regulate the industry does nothing for the riding public

#CommuterWatch: 'Choosy' taxi drivers and other transport woes

Aug 15, 2015 - 8:03 PM

Netizens weigh in on the MRT problem and the controversy regarding regular taxis and Transport Network Vehicle Services

LONG LINES. Commuters at the Roosevelt station line up to buy single journey tickets. Photo by Jee Geronimo/Rappler

'A Walk to Remember': Pedestrians walk for safer roads

Jun 29, 2015 - 5:09 PM

The walk raises awareness on pedestrian safety especially for those who live in the city and for drivers who are often not mindful of the harm they can cause when they over speed or disobey traffic rules

Safety Walk at BGC. Participants gather for a family safety walk to remind motorists about the importance of following road rules. Photo by Alison Julia Tabong/Rappler

MMDA postpones June 28 EDSA road-sharing exercise

Jun 26, 2015 - 4:12 PM

The MMDA releases an advisory saying the June 28 event is deferred due to an SM MOA fun run EDSA repairs administrative difficulties among other reasons

BIKING FOR A CAUSE. Bikers join the Share the Road movement's march to the Supreme Court on February 17, 2014 to file a petition for government agencies to implement road-sharing. All photos by Pia Ranada/Rappler

Hit and run: What to do next?

Jun 25, 2015 - 6:19 PM

What should victims witnesses and drivers involved in hit and run incidents do?

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EDSA road-sharing scheme: Crazy or enlightened?

Jun 23, 2015 - 7:00 PM

Netizens react strongly to news of EDSA lanes being closed off to cars on June 28 Some call it crazy some want to give it a try

BIKING FOR A CAUSE. Bikers join the Share the Road movement's march to the Supreme Court on February 17, 2014 to file a petition for government agencies to implement road-sharing. All photos by Pia Ranada/Rappler

Half of EDSA for bikers, pedestrians only on June 28

Jun 22, 2015 - 1:26 PM

From Ortigas to SM MOA buses and private cars on EDSA will be limited to 3 out of 5 lanes both on the north bound and south bound sides

EDSA REVOLUTION. This is how the June 28 road-sharing scheme on EDSA from Ortigas to SM MOA, Pasau will look like. Image courtesy of Antonio Oposa Jr

Palace apologizes anew to MRT passengers

Jun 17, 2015 - 5:53 PM

The apology comes after a broken track disrupts operations again Wednesday and an earlier glitch forced riders to walk on the tracks

Out-going passengers struggle in a jam-packed train ride.

'Exorbitant' fee forces hybrid buses out of BGC

May 27, 2015 - 10:48 PM

The shortened route of Green Frog buses will inconvenience 500 regular bus passengers BGC wants the company to pay P250 for every bus entry

'GREEN' BUS. Hybrid buses, like this bus operated by Green Frog Zero Emissions Transport, emit 80% less air pollution than regular buses. Photo by Zak Yuson/Rappler

Date a girl who rides the MRT

May 27, 2015 - 4:32 PM

Date a girl who rides the MRT She is strong She makes her own choices she takes risks She thinks of possibilities

Out-going passengers struggle in a jam-packed train ride.

The trouble with taxis

May 17, 2015 - 2:30 PM

The way the taxi system is supposed to work is quite simple but in Metro Manila the reality is quite different

A ride with Metro Manila's 'most honest' taxi driver

Apr 02, 2015 - 9:43 PM

Happy and pleasantly surprised are not emotions I associate with public transportation in Metro Manila but Kuya Jhun Ochavo has convinced me otherwise

NOT THE USUAL DRIVER. For Jhun Ochavo, the care he extends to his passengers' welfare comes back to him tenfold, allowing him to send his children to school. Photo by Katerina Francisco/Rappler

Q&A with Improving Metro Manila transportation

Mar 08, 2015 - 10:00 PM

The team behind Sakay ph a web service that gives users directions for commuting around Metro Manila share recommendations on how to fix the public transport system

COMMUTING MADE EASIER. The team behind popular web service shares their recommendations on improving Metro Manila's transportation system. Alll photos courtesy of Philip Cheang

Fixing traffic: Jeeps eyed as feeders to bus routes

Mar 05, 2015 - 3:24 PM

The transport franchising agency seeks to get jeepneys out of main routes where they cause traffic while carrying less passengers than buses can

Should the PH government regulate Uber?

Nov 24, 2014 - 8:00 AM

On Monday the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board holds a public hearing to figure out if it can and how it should regulate ‘online enabled transportation services’ like Uber

Abaya to taxi operators: Uber should make you modernize, innovate

Nov 19, 2014 - 5:44 PM

Among the upgrades the transportation chief wants? Booking systems through mobile devices newer and well maintained fleets and highly trained drivers whose identities are disclosed to passengers

UPGRADES NEEDED. Transportation Secretary Joseph Emilio Abaya says local tax companies should learn from services such as Uber, GrabTaxi and EasyTaxi. Rappler file photo

Philippine congressmen want Uber to stop operations ASAP

Nov 17, 2014 - 8:31 PM

While clarifying they are not against the car sharing service lawmakers want Uber to immediately cease operations while they try to figure out whether to regulate it and how

UBER MANILA. Screen shot from Uber website

#AnimatED: Our collective guilt over Metro Manila traffic

Oct 13, 2014 - 6:00 AM

We have not moved this infrastructure problem beyond our dining table conversations or daily litanies from our cars to collectively address the problem

LTFRB: No new franchises to be issued to bus operators

Jul 11, 2014 - 8:15 PM

Instead bus operators can file for a petition to amend their current routes depending on passengers’ needs the agency says

'We'd be better off if everyone commutes'

May 26, 2014 - 9:00 AM

Better trains and more train passengers can help make Metro Manila a more attractive place to live in despite the hell commuters go through now

Bus plunges off Skyway, lands on van

Dec 16, 2013 - 8:15 AM

UPDATED Police confirm 18 fatalities revising an earlier toll of 22 Sixteen other victims were injured and were rushed to nearby hospitals

E-shuttle to improve lives of PH jeepney drivers

Oct 29, 2013 - 6:52 PM

The COMET e shuttle system gives drivers monthly pay and health benefits

DRIVING CHANGE. a COMET e-shuttle drives through the streets of Makati City. Photo courtesy of GET Philippines

Homeless man hit by MRT train

Jun 02, 2013 - 9:04 AM

Operation of the Metro Rail Transit MRT were limited Sunday morning June 2 after one of their trains hit a homeless man