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Barriers for motorcycle back riders ‘unsafe’ and ‘useless,’ say netizens

Jul 13, 2020 - 7:32 PM

The barriers required by the national government’s lockdown implementers raise serious concerns for their safety and effectiveness in containing the coronavirus

MRT3: Ticket sellers with COVID-19 assigned to 4 stations

Jul 07, 2020 - 5:06 PM

MRT3 advises passengers who had direct contact with ticket sellers in the 4 stations and during specific shifts, to undergo home quarantine and observe their condition

CORONAVIRUS. Security guards in PPEs at the MRT3 Depot imposes strict health protocol for employees entering the compound on Tuesday, July 7, 2020, after hundreds of its workers were tested positive for COVID-19. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

[PODCAST] Ang hirap at gutom na dinaranas ng mga jeepney driver

Jul 02, 2020 - 8:00 PM

Ano ang ginagawa ng gobyerno para tugunan ang pangangailangan ng mga jeepney driver sa panahon ng pandemya?

'Tributes' lend a hand: How a group raised funds for Metro Manila jeepney drivers

Jul 01, 2020 - 10:16 PM

Quarantine 'tributes' pool their resources to help jeepney drivers affected by the coronavirus crisis

LTFRB allows 49 routes for traditional jeepneys starting July 3

Jul 01, 2020 - 9:50 PM

The last to resume operations among mass transport options, only 6,002 out of estimated 55,000 jeepneys are allowed to ply Metro Manila roads so far

RESUME OPERATIONS. Foot bath, face mask and plastic covers, these are what jeepney drivers are preparing at their terminal in Pasay City. Photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

No MRT3 for 4 weekends from July to September for rail work

Jun 23, 2020 - 2:50 PM

Rail replacement, in effect, will gradually increase train speed to 60 kilometers per hour and interval between trains to 3.5 minutes

SUSPENDED. The operations of the Metro Rail Transit Line 3 will be suspended for rail works. Photos by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Victory Liner lays off hundreds of workers

Jun 20, 2020 - 9:43 AM

Victory Liner – one of the Philippines' largest bus companies – had to let go of 400 employees because of financial losses due to the months-long coronavirus lockdown

VICTORY LINER. Part of the fleet of Victory Liner, Inc. Photo from the Victory Liner Facebook page

After Silvertino death, resumption of provincial bus operations pushed

Jun 17, 2020 - 8:46 AM

'It doesn't have to be this way. I'm sure we can all agree on a set of clear, systematic, and non-redundant guidelines. We owe it to our kababayans,' says Ako Bicol Representative Elizaldy Co

Commuters, hoping to leave Manila before the travel ban, flock to a bus terminal in Cubao, Quezon City on Friday, March 13, 2020. President Rodrigo Duterte announced on Thursday on the community quarantine in Metro Manila that will begin on March 15, 2020. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

LTFRB rejects Cebu mayors’ appeal to allow jeepneys under GCQ

Jun 10, 2020 - 11:48 AM

'Sometimes it is so difficult if there is a national policy that does not seem to consider reality on the ground and what the people need,' says Cebu Governor Gwendolyn Garcia

NO JEEPNEYS. No jeepneys are seen on the main streets as Cebu eases into general community quarantine on June 1, 2020.  Photo by Geo Litonjua/Rappler

How to help jeepney drivers affected by the coronavirus lockdown

Jun 04, 2020 - 3:29 PM

It's still unsure when most jeepney drivers can go back on the road. Here are ways you can help them and the 6 drivers who were arrested while holding a protest calling for the resumption of their operations.

PISTON 6. Six drivers are arrested on Tuesday, June 2, while holding a protest calling for the resumption of their operations during general community quarantine. Photo from Piston

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Mass transportation suspended in Luzon

Mar 16, 2020 - 11:23 PM

(UPDATED) 'If there's no public transportation, [ride a private car], or you have to walk,' says Cabinet Secretary Karlo Nograles

TRAVEL BAN. Light volume of traffic is seen in various major thoroughfares as the community quarantine in Metro Manila starts on March 15, 2020. Photo by KD Madrilejos/Rappler

WATCH: ‘Social distance’ cuts down public transport in Metro Manila

Mar 16, 2020 - 5:23 PM

‘Social distance’ rule forces drivers of public utility vehicles to stop their operations, making the commute into the quarantined metropolis even harder

'ONE SEAT APART'. Police officers at the Cavitex Toll Plaza on March 16, 2020, check on public transportations making sure that they are following the social distancing policy. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

WATCH: Daily struggle of every 'mandirigma' commuter in Metro Manila

Mar 08, 2020 - 4:04 PM

Rappler reporter Aika Rey documents her commute as the end of motorcycle taxi pilot run draws near

[OPINION] Motorcycle taxis and inclusive mobility (Part 2)

Jan 19, 2020 - 5:00 PM

There is a clear pathway so that motorcycle taxis can be mainstreamed into our public transport system

[OPINION] Regulating motorcycle taxis and ensuring competition (Part 1)

Jan 18, 2020 - 2:00 PM

The online platform industry – which is easy to enter, is relatively inexpensive, and is clearly innovative – is simply for now, difficult to regulate

Day 5 of public transport chaos as French strike bites

Dec 09, 2019 - 9:58 AM

The biggest labor unrest in years comes as France's economy is already dented by more than a year of weekly anti-government demonstrations by so-called 'yellow vest' activists protesting unemployment and waning spending power

TRANSPORT STRIKE. Passengers stand inside the Gare de Lyon railway station in Paris on December 8, 2019 during a strike of state railway company SNCF employees over French government's plan to overhaul the country's retirement system, as part of a national general strike. Photo by Thomas Samson/AFP

LIST: P2P suspensions for Undas 2019

Oct 27, 2019 - 8:31 PM

Point-to-point bus schedules for the Undas long weekend

P2P UNDAS SCHEDULES. Commuters using the affected routes will need to find alternative modes of transport. Photo by Alanis Banzon/Rappler

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.'

[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

#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

‘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.

Davao city bus system to affect 7,000 jeepney drivers

Jun 07, 2019 - 12:00 PM

Davao City officials assure affected public utility drivers that they will get help once the High Priority Bus System fear is rolled out

WHAT STRIKE? Traffic builds up during rush hour in Davao City on Monday, October 16, 2017, as 20% of jeepney drivers get on the road despite a call for a nationwide strike. Photo by Mick Basa/Rappler

LTFRB suspends P2P service for UV Express to mid-June

Jun 01, 2019 - 1:06 PM

The decision will give way to more consultations with stakeholders who are opposed to the new policy

POINT-TO-POINT. The LTFRB to strictly enforce point-to-point service for UV Express shuttles. File photo by Joel Liporada/Rappler

Voters rush to home provinces for 2019 elections

May 12, 2019 - 11:43 PM

Some registered voters face long lines in bus stations and ports as they head home to vote in their assigned polling precincts

HEADING HOME. People queue at Bicol Central Station in Naga City on the eve of election day, May 12. Photo by Abby Bilan/Rappler

LTFRB now allows pets in public vehicles

Apr 27, 2019 - 2:33 PM

The regulatory board says it made the decision due to 'public clamor'

PETS IN PUVs. The Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board issues a memorandum allowing pets as long as it follows certain conditions. Photo by Raisa Serafica/Rappler

Traffic advisory for Holy Week 2019

Apr 13, 2019 - 2:22 PM

Here are the dates and areas where heavy traffic buildup is expected during this year's observance of Holy Week

Free rides from PITX to parts of Metro Manila starting February 14

Feb 09, 2019 - 7:43 PM

(UPDATED) The Department of Transportation officially launches free bus rides with PITX-Lawton-Baclaran and PITX-Monumento-EDSA-Baclaran routes

FREE RIDES. DOTr partners with Megawide Corporation Foundation Inc and Junior Chamber International Senate Philippines for the free bus rides from PITX to parts of Metro Manila. DOTr photo

MRT3 management: 'We received a bomb threat in January'

Feb 08, 2019 - 1:06 PM

'That's one reason why we tightened security following recent attacks in Mindanao,' says MRT3 management

SAFETY. The MRT3 management says they will enforce tighter security measures to ensure the safety of its thousands of daily commuters. File photo

Bottled-up emotions: Netizens slam liquids ban in train stations

Feb 08, 2019 - 10:37 AM

'Are tears banned too?' an irate netizen asks Metro Manila's train officials

LIST: What liquids are allowed inside the MRT3?

Feb 07, 2019 - 8:00 PM

The Metro Rail Transit Line 3 clarifies the liquids which can be brought inside its trains, as a recently enforced ban draws criticism

BANNED. The MRT3 issues exemptions on liquid substances banned inside the train station. File photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

DOTr borrows buses to provide free rides from MOA to PITX

Feb 04, 2019 - 10:17 PM

The buses are from the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority and the Philippine Coast Guard

FREE RIDES. There are free shuttle services from MOA to PITX. Photo from DOTr

House approves bill legalizing Angkas, motorcycle taxis

Feb 04, 2019 - 5:40 PM

The bill's approval comes more than a month after ride-hailing app Angkas was barred from operating in the country

LEGAL SOON? Angkas riders join a massive Unity Ride on December 16, 2018 to protest the shut down of their operations permanently. File photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

House OKs bill expanding 20% student fare discount to air, sea transport

Feb 04, 2019 - 5:20 PM

But if the bill is signed into law, postgraduate students and those enrolled in short-term courses would not be qualified for the discount

STUDENT DISCOUNT. The House approves on February 4, 2019 a bill institutionalizing the student fare discount.

Bottled liquids banned inside train stations

Jan 31, 2019 - 6:50 PM

The measure aims to prevent the entry of dangerous chemicals contained in plastic bottles, as police and military are on heightened alert after the Jolo church bombing

NO BOTTLED LIQUIDS. Railway managements are banning bottled liquids inside train stations.

Philippine 'jeepney' artists stalked by extinction

Jan 28, 2019 - 1:30 PM

Jeepney artists use to be many and they are slowly disappearing

This picture taken on January 17, 2019 shows jeepneys during rush hour in Manila. Â  - Hand-painting custom decor on jeepneys adorned with images of everything from Batman to babies, as well as disco lights and chrome wheels, have for decades provided cheap transport for millions. But pollution and safety concerns have led to a modernisation programme, with jeepneys 15 years or older to be taken off the streets by 2020. (Photo by Noel CELIS / AFP) / TO GO WITH AFP STORY PHILIPPINES-LIFESTYLE-ART-JEEPNEY,FEATURE BY CECIL MORELLA

36 transport cooperatives newly-accredited for PUV modernization program

Jan 26, 2019 - 6:24 PM

Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade instructs the Office of Transportation Cooperatives to fast-track the approval of accreditation applications for the program

Background photo from DOTr website

LOOK: 3rd China-made Dalian train hits MRT3 tracks until February 1

Jan 23, 2019 - 11:15 AM

The train is deployed for a 150-hour validation test run

CHINA-MADE. The 3rd train set of China-made Dalian trains are being tested on MRT3 tracks. Photo by DOTr-MRT3