Metro Rail Transit 3 - updates

Rappler's latest stories on Metro Rail Transit 3


MRT3 ordered to sue passengers forcibly opening train doors

Apr 15, 2018 - 11:12 AM

'I told MRT to file cases and collect damages from them,' says Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade

TRANSPORTATION CHIEF. Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade conducts an inspection of the MRT3 spare parts warehouse on March 29, 2018. File photo from the DOTr

The buried giant embodied in our trains

Nov 16, 2017 - 9:53 AM

'How many more limbs or arms should be injured for those in power to act on commuters’ safety?'

Traffic, urban woes, and the Aquino administration's image problem

Jun 12, 2016 - 1:30 PM

As the problems snowballed, and the administration remained quiet on telling people what it’s doing, Filipinos have become too angry to appreciate the reforms that, to them, are too little, too late

INSENSITIVE GOVERNMENT. As traffic worsened and public transportation woes built up, the Aquino administration has been increasingly perceived as an 'insensitive' government.

DOTC sees launch of new MRT3 train by April

Feb 23, 2016 - 1:18 PM

The new train is part of the MRT3 expansion project set to be completed in January 2017

Photo from DOTC

Abaya, DOTC execs violated law, neglected MRT3 – Senate panel

Feb 04, 2016 - 10:01 AM

The Senate subcommittee says its findings should be submitted to the Ombudsman the justice department and the Civil Service Commission for appropriate action against erring officials

OVERBURDENED. A Senate panel led by Senator Grace Poe says the worsening conditions of the MRT3 is due to the DOTC's failure to tap able maintenance providers. Rappler photo

New MRT train expected to start running by end-March

Jan 18, 2016 - 1:43 PM

Tests have started on the 2nd coach imported from China – part of the DOTC s project to increase the MRT s capacity to serve over 800 000 passengers daily

BETTER SERVICE? One of the Dalian MRT3 train cars that will be delivered as part of the DOTC's MRT3 capacity expansion project. Photo from DOTC

Another glitch: MRT3 stalls twice on Friday

Jan 08, 2016 - 2:59 PM

After suffering a technical glitch early Friday the MRT3 stalls again at around 2 pm

 Mark Saludes

Ombudsman files criminal charges vs ex-MRT3 chief

Dec 01, 2015 - 12:35 PM

The case involves Al Vitangcol s move to award a contract to a firm where his uncle in law is an executive

CRIMINAL CHARGES. The Ombudsman has filed criminal charges against former MRT2 general manager Al Vitangcol III. File photo by Ben Nabong/ Rappler

Unified ticketing system to go live on MRT3 starting October 3

Sep 24, 2015 - 11:58 AM

Train passengers won t have to fall in line twice to buy a new ticket when they transfer lines

NEW TECHNOLOGY. Personnel from AF Payments and the LRTA teach commuters how to buy and reload the new tap-and-go beep™ cards using ticket vending machines. Photo by Katerina Francisco/Rappler

Binay on MRT woes: DOTC, Aquino allies to blame

Aug 03, 2015 - 9:20 PM

In his True State of the Nation Address the Vice President says the current and former transportation secretaries are liable for the glitch ridden MRT3

OVERCAPACITY. Vice President Jejomar Binay hits the administration for failing to improve services for suffering riders of the MRT3. File photo by Mark Saludes/Rappler Mark Saludes Mark Saludes

House panel scolds transport agencies for not improving services

Jul 29, 2015 - 10:03 PM

DOTC LTO LTFRB LRT MRT officials have until August 12 to submit reports on how they have improved their services or their budgets for 2016 are in peril

Aquino on MRT mess: 'Bad politics' to blame

Jul 28, 2015 - 1:39 PM

In his last State of the Nation Address President Aquino yet again blames political decisions for the deteriorating state of the MRT He said the same 5 years ago

CLAP TO STOP: Militant groups rally outside the MRT3 North Avenue station in Quezon City on Monday, January 5, against the recent implementation of the fare hike for the train systems in Metro Manila. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

2nd time in a day: MRT3 on limited operation due to glitch

Jul 22, 2015 - 8:07 AM

UPDATED As of late afternoon July 22 the northbound operation of the trains is limited from Taft Avenue to Shaw Boulevard

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

Poe on MRT deal: Why exclude Abaya from graft charges?

Jul 05, 2015 - 7:05 PM

UPDATED The senator says if the Ombudsman dismissed PNP chief Alan Purisima for command responsibility in one case then why didn t it do it to Abaya of DOTC in another?

In this file photo, Sen. Grace Poe asks DOTC and MRT officials to ensure the completion of committed deliverables to upgrade and rehabilitate the MRT at the Senate public services subcommittee on transport hearing on Feb. 4.

MRT3 rail replacement set to start

Jul 05, 2015 - 2:26 PM

With the delivery of 7 296 meters of new steel rails the DOTC is set to schedule repair work to replace the worn out segments of the MRT3 s train tracks

REPAIR WORK. Sectional rail replacement (pre-welding) activity between Taft & Magallanes Stations of the MRT3 on February 24, 2015.

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Jun 18, 2015 - 12:00 PM

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MRT glitches increase since January 2015

Jun 10, 2015 - 3:11 PM

Data from the MRT show that the number of glitches that hit the mass transit system has worsened between January to May

UPGRADE NEEDED. The MRT3 has been suffering frequent glitches in recent months. Photo by Mark Saludes/Rappler

Palace 'sorry' for MRT troubles, says safety a priority

Jun 03, 2015 - 7:26 PM

From the 20 trains that are usually deployed during the morning rush hour only 7 to 9 were operational lately to service 600 000 commuters daily

DAILY STRUGGLE. Passengers line up at the MRT-3 station in North Avenue. File photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Only 7 MRT trains running on first day of school

Jun 01, 2015 - 1:06 PM

Out of the usual 20 trains running during peak hours only 7 trains are operational as classes begin all over the country

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

Only 5 MRT trains running; long lines at stations

Apr 21, 2015 - 1:13 PM

Only 5 trains are running as of 12 pm down from the usual 10 to 15 trains

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

Shorter MRT3 hours on Sunday

Mar 18, 2015 - 7:50 PM

The shorter operating hours will give way to rail replacement work started last month

REPAIR WORK. Sectional rail replacement (pre-welding) activity between Taft & Magallanes Stations of the MRT3 on February 24, 2015. Photo from LRT spokesman Hernando Cabrera

Poe wants progress report on MRT rehab

Mar 02, 2015 - 8:40 PM

If commuters are paying higher fares it is only reasonable for them to expect improved service says the senator who leads hearings on the glitch plagued MRT3

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

Shorter MRT3 hours this weekend

Feb 25, 2015 - 8:14 PM

UPDATED It is set to undergo rail replacement as part of efforts to address one cause of its frequent glitches

REPAIR WORK. Sectional rail replacement (pre-welding) activity between Taft & Magallanes Stations of the MRT3 on February 24, 2015.

Use fare hike income to fund MRT repairs – Recto

Feb 18, 2015 - 7:19 PM

After the MRT suffered 3 glitches on Tuesday Senator Ralph Recto says officials have no excuse not to use the P2 billion revenue from the fare hike for repairs

REPAIRS NEEDED. MRT passenger holds on to the door signal light in a crowded train on a weekend.

MRT3 makes sudden stop, causes panic

Feb 17, 2015 - 12:59 PM

2nd UPDATE The MRT3 suffers at least three glitches on Tuesday

ANOTHER GLITCH. Passengers line up at the MRT-3 station in North Avenue. File photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Pisay grad is new MRT chief

Jan 05, 2015 - 7:48 PM

Roman Buenafe a mechanical engineer is now the general manager of the beleaguered MRT3

Graft charges vs DOTC chief Abaya, 20 others over MRT3 deal

Sep 25, 2014 - 5:55 PM

Former MRT3 General Manager Al Vitangcol III and Court of Appeals justice Rafael Antonio Santos are named as defendants in the graft complaint

New MRT3 OIC named

Sep 03, 2014 - 6:31 PM

LRTA Administrator Honorio Chaneco will step down as MRT3 OIC and just focus on the operations of the two LRT lines

MRT3 officials probe why train operated with doors open

Sep 03, 2014 - 11:11 AM

An MRT3 coach fails to shut its doors as it traversed its route risking the safety of passengers There is a sensor that is supposed t prevent that from happening

MRT3 shareholder: Gov’t budget for buyout not enough

Sep 02, 2014 - 9:29 PM

MRT Holdings says government’s P56 B buyout bid only covers MRT3 bonds bought by state banks

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LIST: Proposed MRT3 rehab projects

Sep 02, 2014 - 12:28 PM

Abaya says the department aims to fund and procure for all projects between 2014 and 2015

Abaya: #MRTChallenge won’t solve the problem

Sep 01, 2014 - 8:17 PM

By riding the train do I solve the problem? What’s more important is for us to find a solution to the train system s problems says the transport chief

NO BIGGIE. DOTC Secretary Jun Abaya is okay with people comparing him to Sen Grace Poe. 'I’m fair game and I’m also a sport,' he says. File photo by Rappler

Senators to transport execs: Show concern for MRT commuters

Sep 01, 2014 - 5:48 PM

One of Metro Manila s main mass transport systems has 4 service interruptions monthly; non functioning elevators escalators ticket dispensers; and an obsolete signalling system

DERAILED. The drailing of an MRT3 train on August 13 prompts a Senate hearing. File photo by Rappler

Glitch, again: MRT3 goes on provisional operations

Sep 01, 2014 - 5:12 PM

UPDATED The same day transportation officials are in a Senate hearing on MRT3 glitches the train line goes on provisional operations before rush hour Monday September 1

File photo by Rappler

MMDA taps military trucks for free EDSA rides

Aug 28, 2014 - 9:32 PM

Free rides will be provided from 7:30 10 am on Friday August 29 in the Mother Ignacia and Ayala areas

Image courtesy of the MMDA

Gatchalian: Transport, MRT3 bosses accountable too

Aug 22, 2014 - 4:46 PM

There would not be a human error on the part of personnel if the management is doing its job of keeping the trains safe for the riding public

RESPONSIBILITY. A lawmaker calls on the DOTC and MRT3 management to take on responsibility for the train derailing which injured at least 36 passengers. File photo by EPA

Is it worth it? Senate to scrutinize P6.6B MRT budget

Aug 15, 2014 - 11:19 AM

Under its proposed budget the DOTC promises to keep MRT service disruptions to under 300 in 2015

Vitangcol sued for bribery over P3.76-B MRT project

Jun 24, 2014 - 7:02 PM

Former MRT 3 general manager Al Vitangcol III faces criminal and administrative complaints Through a supposed liaison he asked for 30 million from a Czech company in exchange for being the project s supplier

Catch up: The DOTC's race to 2016

Apr 18, 2014 - 1:23 PM

Admitting the government had lagged behind in improving the transportation sector the DOTC is now playing catch up

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MRT's Vitangcol focused on corruption, not job – commuters group

Apr 10, 2014 - 7:07 PM

We don t know if he functions as a general manager or he s there to raise funds for the Liberal Party says a commuters group that wants Vitangcol to resign for inefficiency

INEFFICIENT, MISMANAGED. The Riles Network wants MRT 3 general manager Al Vitangcol to resign for failing to ease and prevent long lines at MRT 3 stations. File photo by Leanne Jazul/Rappler

DOTC faces probe over delayed projects

Feb 22, 2014 - 11:48 AM

Senator Francis Chiz Escudero says the delays prolong the agony of Filipinos especially those who take mass transportation

DELAYED. A Metro Rail Transit (MRT) train is seen Manila on October 31, 2010. File photo by Noel Celis/AFP

P56-B budget for MRT buyout ready

Jan 23, 2014 - 7:34 AM

The takeover will translate to billions of pesos worth of savings for government each year

FULL CONTROL. The government eyes to complete soon the takeover of MRT 3 from private sector. AFP PHOTO

5 groups bid for MRT-LRT ticket system

Nov 18, 2013 - 3:50 PM

The technical bids will be opened November 19 and will be evaluated within 20 days

IT'S ALL SYSTEMS GO. The submission of bids for the MRT-LRT single-ticketing system pushed through as scheduled on November 18. Photo obtained from the PPP Center

Abaya: P5 fare hike for MRT-3

Sep 02, 2013 - 8:11 PM

The fare hike is necessary to reduce government subsidy for MRT 3 according to the DOTC chief

DOTC extends contract of MRT-3 maintenance provider

Aug 02, 2013 - 7:49 PM

Transportation chief Joseph Emilio Abaya said the contract of PH Trams CB T was renewed for another two months until August 19 for a consideration of 2 3 million