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New York's 'lifeline' subway halts 24-hour service

May 07, 2020 - 2:33 PM

The coronavirus outbreak brings 'the city that never sleeps' to its knees, halting the famed subway trains for the first time since 1904

A New York City police officer stands by after clearing a subway car of passengers at the last stop at the Coney Island station in Brooklyn, New York on May 6, 2020. The New York City subway system is being suspended between 1 AM and 5 AM EDT starting tonight so that trains may be cleaned to stop the spread of the coronavirus. COREY SIPKIN / AFP

LOOK: Metro Manila Subway construction enters clearing phase

Dec 21, 2019 - 5:21 PM

The government aims to open the Metro Manila Subway for partial operations by 2021

FIRST STEP. The government begins clearing operations for the construction of the Metro Manila subway. Photo from DOTr

Makati Subway to get extra $332-million funding from Chinese firms

Oct 29, 2019 - 6:27 PM

Mayor Abby Binay flies to Hong Kong to secure more funding for her flagship project, the Makati Subway

MORE FUNDS FOR SUBWAY. Makati Mayor Abby Binay (center) and City Administrator Claro Certeza during the partnership signing ceremony in Hong Kong for the Makati Subway. Photo from the Makati City government

6 new railways to look out for

Sep 10, 2019 - 12:45 AM

Will we see these railways completed within the lifetime of the current administration?

Fare for Makati subway will be more expensive than MRT, LRT

Aug 02, 2019 - 3:19 PM

(UPDATED) Infradev Holdings president and CEO Antonio Tiu says passengers will need to pay up to 25% more

Tunnel boring machine for Makati Subway System arriving December

Jul 31, 2019 - 2:21 PM

The 10-kilometer Makati Intra-City Subway is expected to be fully operational by 2025

SUBWAY SYSTEM. Makati Mayor Abby Binay looks at the scale model of the routes of the Makati IntraCity Subway with officials of the Philippine Infradev. Photo from My Makati facebook page

Makati to prioritize hiring seniors for subway project

Apr 25, 2019 - 10:04 PM

‘Just as what Japan has done, we want to keep our elderly residents productive while providing them with a steady source of income for their essential needs,’ says Mayor Abigail Binay

Image via Shutterstock

Construction of Metro Manila Subway begins

Feb 27, 2019 - 10:45 AM

Once fully operational in 2025, the Philippines' first intercity underground railway will connect Mindanao Avenue in Quezon City to the Ninoy Aquino International Airport in Pasay City within 30 minutes

Photo from DOTr

DOTr signs deal for Metro Manila Subway's first 3 stations

Feb 24, 2019 - 2:05 PM

The Department of Transportation aims to have the Mindanao Avenue-Quirino Highway, Tandang Sora, and North Avenue stations running by 2022

SUBWAY PLANNING. Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade inspects the scale model of the tunnel-boring machine that will be used for the construction of the Metro Manila Subway. Photo from the Department of Transportation

Metro Manila Subway groundbreaking set for February 27

Feb 21, 2019 - 2:15 PM

Philippine transportation officials are in Japan to inspect equipment and iron out details for the construction of the subway

GROUNDBREAKING. Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade inspects the scale-model of the tunnel-boring machine that will be used for the construction of the Metro Manila Subway. Photo from the Department of Transportation

Tokyo metro offers free food to early subway riders

Jan 21, 2019 - 3:46 PM

To decongest the most crowded subway line during rush hour, Tokyo Metro offers free meals of tempura and soba to early commuters

Makati signs MOU to prepare building PH's first subway system

Dec 13, 2018 - 3:32 PM

The vision is for the Makati subway system to be operational by 2023

CEREMONIAL. Makati Mayor Abby Binay and former Vice President Jejomar Binay lead the ceremonial drilling of the Makati Subway Project in front of the old City Hall building Thursday. Photo from  www.makati.gov.ph

Makati subway project promises 6,000 jobs

Nov 12, 2018 - 4:05 PM

Here are the features and promises of Makati's Public Rail Transport, which is expected to be completed by 2023

Image from Shutterstock

Hong Kong police shoot knifeman in subway station

Nov 07, 2018 - 6:37 PM

A Hong Kong policewoman shoots a knife-wielding man inside the crowded Sham Shui Po subway station

POLICE ZONE. A policeman stands guard inside a cordoned area in Sham Shui Po MTR underground station in Hong Kong on November 7, 2018, after police shot a knifeman when he tried to attack them, according to officials. Photo by Anthony Wallace/AFP

U.S. jury convicts New York subway bomber

Nov 07, 2018 - 12:30 PM

Akayed Ullah is found guilty by a unanimous jury as Americans went to the polls in the midterm elections. His trial in Manhattan lasted a week.

AKAYED ULLAH. This undated handout photo obtained December 11, 2017, courtesy of New York City Taxi & Limousine Commission shows pipe bomb suspect Akayed Ullah. Handout photo by NYC Taxi & Limousine Commission/AFP

DOTr targets Metro Manila Subway groundbreaking by December 2018

Oct 31, 2018 - 5:15 PM

The first 3 stations to be constructed will be Mindanao Avenue, Tandang Sora, and North Avenue

SUBWAY. The country's longest planned subway is set for groundbreaking in December 2018. Rappler file photo

New York City subway station buried by 9/11 opens again

Sep 10, 2018 - 9:46 AM

The Cortlandt stop reopens on Saturday on the Number One line in what The New York Times described as 'the last major piece in the city's quest to rebuild what was lost'

TERROR. In this file photo taken on September 11, 2001, a man stands in the rubble, and calls out asking if anyone needs help, after the collapse of the first World Trade Center Tower in New York. Photo by Doug Kanter/AFP Files

Japan executes last sarin attack cult members on death row

Jul 26, 2018 - 1:09 PM

(UPDATED) The execution of the 6 Aum Shinrikyo members draws a line under the horrific attack which shocked the world and prompted national soul-searching over the group and its crimes

1995 SARIN ATTACK. A woman walks past a screen flashing a TV news channel showing a picture of Masato Yokoyama, a member of the Aum Supreme Truth doomsday cult behind the deadly 1995 sarin attack on the Tokyo subway, in Tokyo on July 26, 2018. Photo by Behrouz Mehri/AFP

Japan executes sarin attack cult leader, 6 followers

Jul 06, 2018 - 9:18 AM

(UPDATED) Japan's Justice Minister Yoko Kamikawa confirms the 7 executions, saying the Aum members were responsible for 'extremely atrocious and grave acts that were unprecedented and should never happen again'

CULT LEADER. In this file picture taken on July 19, 1995, Shoko Asahara (C), head of the doomsday cult Aum Shinrikyo, is transferred from Tokyo police headquarters to Tokyo District Court for questioning. File photo by Jiji Press/AFP

Gov't to lease retail, dining spaces at Metro Manila Subway stations

Mar 25, 2018 - 9:20 PM

Philippine Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez III says the revenues would help pay off Japan's loan for the construction of the subway

Dominguez photo by Malacanang

NAIA Consortium wants to link airport to Metro Manila Subway, LRT1

Mar 21, 2018 - 6:40 PM

Part of the consortium's proposal is a transit system or 'people mover' that would connect the Ninoy Aquino International Airport to the planned Metro Manila Subway and existing Light Rail Transit Line 1

PEOPLE MOVER. A Philippine consortium teams up with Singapore's Changi Airports, which would provide technical support in master planning, operations optimization, and commercial development. Image from Aboitiz Corporate Communications

PH, Japan sign P51-B loan deal for phase 1 of Metro Manila Subway

Mar 16, 2018 - 5:01 PM

Under Phase 1, 30 kilometers of underground railway with 14 stations will be built from Mindanao Avenue to the Ninoy Aquino International Airport

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

The week in photos: January 6-12, 2018

Jan 13, 2018 - 10:07 AM

This week's selection of photo highlights here and around the world

Participants in the 17th Annual "No Pants Subway Ride" wait for a New York City subway train on January 7, 2018 in New York. The "No Pants Subway Ride" is an annual event started in 2002 by Improv Everywhere in New York, the goal of which is for riders ride the subway train dressed in normal winter clothes without pants while keeping a straight face. / AFP PHOTO / TIMOTHY A. CLARY

Metro Manila Subway leads expected infra buildup in 2018

Dec 20, 2017 - 5:37 PM

The subway is expected to break ground in Q3 as one of 6 major rollouts next year while government spending is up 10% to P2.241 trillion through January to October of this year

NEDA eyes 6 big infra project rollouts, 8% GDP growth in 2018

Dec 14, 2017 - 6:10 PM

These projects include the Metro Manila Subway and Phase 1 of the Mindanao Railway which would encompass the Tagum-Davao-Digos Segment

ECONOMIC PLANNING. NEDA officials led by Socioeconomic planning secretary Ernesto Pernia (5th from right) discuss upcoming infrastructure and other economic issues at NEDA's 2017 year-end briefing held in Pasig on December 14. Photo by Chris Schnabel/Rappler

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Dec 12, 2017 - 1:42 PM

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Malacañang condemns New York subway bomb attack

Dec 12, 2017 - 1:40 PM

Th Philippine government says no Filipino or Filipino-American was hurt in the explosion

PH one step closer to Japan loan for Metro Manila subway

Nov 14, 2017 - 12:06 PM

(UPDATED) Officials of the Philippines and Japan exchange notes on the highly-anticipated subway project and 4 other deals

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte gives a warm welcome to Japan Prime Minister Shinzo Abe prior to the start of their bilateral meeting at the Philippine International Convention Center in Pasay City on November 13, 2017. ROBINSON NIÑAL JR./PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Filipino charged for plotting NY attacks in name of ISIS

Oct 07, 2017 - 1:20 PM

Authorities say 37-year-old Russell Salic of the Philippines allegedly provided funds for the planned attacks that were thwarted by an undercover FBI agent

#ThewRap: Things you need to know, September 13, 2017

Sep 13, 2017 - 11:35 AM

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APPROVED BUDGET. Members of the House of Representatives on Tuesday jubilantly pose and flash the famous clenched fist sign of President Rodrigo Duterte after the lawmakers approved on second reading House Bill 6215 or the 2018 General Appropriations Bill (GAB). Photo from the House Press and Public Affairs Bureau

NEDA Board approves Metro Manila Subway, longest railway

Sep 12, 2017 - 7:30 PM

UPDATED These big ticket projects will be funded via official development assistance ODA from either China or Japan

BETTER TRANSPORT. These big-ticket projects form part of Mega Manila Dream Plan, a transport network roadmap seen to decongest the country’s capital. Images courtesy of www.build.gov.ph

$7-B Metro Manila subway to be extended to NAIA

Sep 06, 2017 - 6:10 PM

From an earlier projection of 4 4 billion P225 17 billion the cost of the proposed subway goes up to 7 billion P358 25 billion

Tunnel visions: China bets big on subways as cities expand

Jul 21, 2017 - 11:21 AM

The massive shift of humanity to Chinese cities is driving an unprecedented subway construction boom

SUBWAY BOOM. This picture taken on July 19, 2017 shows commuters in the morning rush hour on line 2 of the Shanghai Metro in Shanghai. Johannes Eisele/AFP

Metro Manila subway operations 'can begin' even before entire line done

Jun 16, 2017 - 7:46 PM

The Department of Transportation says the planned subway in Metro Manila can begin operations in 2022 as soon as there are two stations built

ON A RUSH. Department of Transportion Secretary Arthur Tugade wants the project to be completed by 2022, before President Rodrigo Duterte's term ends. Rappler file photo

WATCH: Miley Cyrus, Jimmy Fallon surprise NYC subway commuters

Jun 16, 2017 - 1:20 PM

The pop star and the Tonight Show host busk in disguise

Big role for private firms in gov't infra push – Cabinet

Apr 26, 2017 - 12:14 AM

The promised funds from China and Japan have led the Philippine government to call off some big PPP bids but the private sector still has a big role to play in infrastructure projects

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Apr 25, 2017 - 4:43 PM

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Duterte administration details 'ambitious' infra plan

Apr 18, 2017 - 9:35 PM

A railway connecting the cities of Davao Surigao and Cagayan de Oro as well as a subway linking Quezon City Mandaluyong Pasig and Taguig are part of the government s basket of solutions to address the country s poor infrastructure

'POVERTY TRAP.' 'We need to undertake these investments for the sake of the next generation of Filipinos – or else they will remain in the same poverty trap that we found ourselves in,' Finance Secretary Dominguez says. Photo from Malacanang

Duterte, Abe may sign Mega Manila subway deal in November

Apr 18, 2017 - 6:06 PM

Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade says the two leaders may sign the deal when Prime Minister Shinzo Abe comes to Manila for the ASEAN Summit and Related Summits

JAPAN'S HELPING HAND. President Rodrigo Duterte welcomes Japan Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to Malacañang during the Japanese leader's two-day visit to Manila. File photo by King Rodriguez/Presidential Photo

Tokyo Metro: It's time to build a subway in PH

Feb 12, 2017 - 5:10 PM

But before the Philippines builds its first subway the operator of Tokyo s 9 subway lines says the country should fix the congested MRT3 first

1ST SUBWAY. The current administration says the subway PPP deal is being revisited. Graphics by Nina Martinez/Rappler

Tourist critically injured in Hong Kong subway arson attack

Feb 10, 2017 - 9:47 PM

3rd UPDATE Police have ruled out the possibility of a terrorist attack and say the man acted alone with investigators looking into his mental condition A total of 18 people were injured in the incident

MEDICAL ASSISTANCE. This handout picture released by Hong Kong-based newspaper Apple Daily shows a passenger receiving medical assistance by Hong Kong rescue personnel after a fire broke out inside an MTR metro train carriage from the scene in Hong Kong on February 10, 2017. Handout/Apple Daily/AFP

Philippines shopping for 'nice' China-funded infra deals

Nov 17, 2016 - 8:25 PM

The country s first subway a massive Northern Mindanao railway and a Tutuban Sorsogon train system are just some of the infrastructure projects the Philippine government plans to fund via official development assistance ODA from China

INFRA SHOPPING. 'We think there is an excess capacity in China because there is not much infrastructure projects there. We are really shopping for nice projects,' Budget chief Benjamin Diokno says. File photo by Rappler

Duterte admin revives plan to build Metro Manila subway

Aug 18, 2016 - 2:20 PM

This would have been the most expensive public private partnership PPP deal implemented under former president Benigno Aquino III s administration

1ST SUBWAY. The current administration says the subway PPP deal is being revisited because 'there is demand for the service.' Graphics by Nina Martinez/Rappler

Taiwan executes subway killer

May 11, 2016 - 2:55 AM

Cheng Chieh who killed 4 people on a subway in May 2014 is executed by firing squad

epa04217446 Security personnel stand on guard at the Jiangzicui subway station after a drunken man killed at least four passengers and injured 21 others with two knives aboard a mass transit train in Taipei, Taiwan, 21 May 2014. The attacker, Cheng Chieh, was identified as a 21-year-old university student of Tunghai University. EPA/HENRY LIN

WATCH: Identical twins stage time travel prank in New York City subway

Mar 24, 2016 - 4:18 PM

Twins stage an elaborate prank to make them appear as future and present versions of one person

Photo from Improv Everywhere (improveverywhere.com)

Makati-Pasay-Taguig subway auction targeted for next gov't

Nov 04, 2015 - 8:18 PM

The planned 20 kilometer subway is expected to ease road congestion in the cities of Makati Pasay and Taguig

AUCTION POSTPONED. DOTC initially targeted to auction off the PPP subway deal in the first half of the year; but according to its chief Jun Abaya but it still needs full feasibility study from JICA.

Subway co-founder Fred DeLuca dies at 67

Sep 16, 2015 - 11:16 AM

DeLuca s death comes weeks after Subway celebrated its 50th anniversary

FRED DELUCA. The Subway co-founder dies of leukemia. Screengrab from Facebook/Subway

Gov’t pursuing Mega Manila subway line along EDSA

Jun 15, 2015 - 8:19 PM

‘I strongly believe that we cannot just rely on road expansion or increasing road capacity We need mass transit ’ DPWH secretary Rogelio Singson says

Ayala Corporation finalizes post-Aquino investment plan

Mar 31, 2015 - 7:42 PM

The listed conglomerate is gearing up its commitment for major power and infrastructure projects before President Aquino steps down from office