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Rappler's latest stories on public transportation in the Philippines


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

[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?

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

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

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

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

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

#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.

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

Naga to equip PUV drivers with first aid skills

Aug 01, 2018 - 8:00 AM

A new ordinance in this city in the Bicol region will train drivers of jeepneys, trimobiles, padyak, and e-trikes to become first responders during road crashes

Miriam to push for protection of public transport, commuters

May 31, 2015 - 3:45 PM

Santiago is set to fill bills that seeks to increase penalties on people involved in stealing and buying illegally obtained public transport related items

MRT and the violence of our mass transport system

Apr 14, 2014 - 7:23 AM

One can tell how a country’s rulers treat its people just by looking at the trains they build for them

LTFRB suspends bus operator in fatal EDSA accident

Jan 09, 2014 - 7:32 PM

All 18 units of MGP Trans have been suspended Probers learned the unit that figured in a November 2013 accident that killed 5 was a phased out 1991 model

NO PERMIT? LTFRB finds out the bus involved in the Nov 14, 2013 accident was operating without a valid permit. File photo by Francis R. Malasig/EPA