transportation in Manila - updates

Rappler's latest stories on transportation in Manila


[OPINION] Don't forget the pedestrians

Jan 19, 2020 - 10:30 AM

Pedestrians and bikers are second-class road users, partaking only of crumbs from the mobility table

DOTr, San Miguel ink construction deal for Manila International Airport

Sep 18, 2019 - 6:13 PM

Groundbreaking for the new airport is set for December

FREEDOM OF CHOICE. Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade and San Miguel Corporation President Ramon Ang sign the contract to build the Manila International Airport, which Tugade says will contribute to the public’s “freedom of choice” in traveling. Photo by Loreben Tuquero/Rappler

[PODCAST] Laffler Talk: Trapped in traffic

Aug 30, 2019 - 7:00 PM

Marami ka bang reklamo sa biyahe? Hindi ka nag-iisa.

DOTr begins France-funded study for Metro Manila cable car system

Nov 14, 2018 - 5:20 PM

The French government extends a multimillion-peso grant for the study, with the Department of Transportation expected to identify possible areas in Metro Manila for the implementation of the project

CABLE CAR. Transportation Secretary Arthur P Tugade and Ambassador of France to the Philippines Nicolas Galey lead the kickoff program for the urban cable car feasibiity study. Photo from DOTr

By August 15, no more provincial buses on EDSA during rush hours

Aug 09, 2018 - 4:22 PM

Provincial buses will not be allowed to ply EDSA on weekdays from 7 am to 10 am, and from 6 pm to 9 pm

BAN. Provincial buses banned from plying EDSA starting August 15. File photo by Rambo Talabong/Rappler

The week in photos: October 14-20, 2017

Oct 21, 2017 - 11:29 AM

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

Want fare hike? Improve your services first – LTFRB reminds jeepney drivers

Oct 11, 2017 - 11:36 AM

'The riding public expects a better service from the increase of the fare,' says LTFRB chairman Martin Delgra III

FARE INCREASE. The transport groups said drivers need the increase to keep up with rising fuel prices. AFP Photo'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

Photo courtesy of

Dry run of 'no window hours' starts October 12

Oct 11, 2016 - 9:20 PM

Violators of the new policy will be flagged down but won t be issued tickets during the dry run from October 12 to 14 Strict implementation begins October 17

CONGESTION. A major thoroughfare in Manila on September 8, 2014, is clogged with traffic as an overhead train passes by in the centre lane. Photo by Jay Directo/AFP

Tugade clarifies: Traffic problem a 'state of chaos, not a state of mind'

Sep 15, 2016 - 4:25 PM

Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade also suggests moving some government offices and factories outside Metro Manila to decongest traffic

'STATE OF CHAOS.' Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade (middle) faces the House Committee on Transportation on September 15. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

Gov't forms inter-agency body to solve Metro Manila traffic

Aug 18, 2016 - 9:55 AM

The inter agency body which will follow orders from Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade includes the MMDA PNP Highway Patrol Group LTO and LTFRB

Dept of Transportation unveils plans to ease Metro Manila traffic

Jul 24, 2016 - 11:18 AM

The government is focusing its efforts on improving the public transportation system and changing citizens’ driving habits

Getting around Manila through tech-based carpooling

Jul 10, 2016 - 9:00 AM

Services like Wunder and uberPOOL indicate that Filipinos are more open to sharing their rides even with complete strangers to get around Manila s congested roads

SHARING RIDES. Apps like Wunder and uberPOOL allow riders to look for co-passengers using technology. Photo from Wunder's Facebook page

Uberpool in Manila: Adjusting to the metro's unpredictable traffic

Jul 06, 2016 - 11:12 AM

Two weeks since its launch Uber Philippines cites positive feedback from riders but says tweaking the system to make it responsive to Manila traffic is an ongoing challenge

CARPOOLING. Uberpool matches riders along the same route to share a car, but Manila's traffic is making the matching process a little more complicated. Photo from Uber website

Fixing traffic: Are presidential bets proposals viable for PH cities?

Apr 21, 2016 - 9:00 AM

A University of the Philippines professor looks at the candidates proposals and tells Rappler their economic feasibility

MORE RAIL SYSTEMS? Presidential candidates promise an expanded rail system as a fix to the country's urban transport woes. Photo from the PPP Center

VIRAL: 'Crazy' LRT ride

Mar 11, 2016 - 10:00 AM

UPDATED Viral videos show the ordeal of passengers as a doorless LRT1 train car moves from station to station LRT management apologizes to the passengers

To solve Metro Manila traffic: Move more people, not cars

Oct 02, 2015 - 5:30 PM

To start a serious campaign to solve traffic urban planner Benjamin dela Peña says citizens should keep putting pressure on government to act on the problem

ORDINARY DAY. Traffic jams like this on EDSA have become part of the daily commute for Metro Manila residents. Rappler file photo

Truck ban begins September 15

Sep 12, 2015 - 1:17 PM

Trucks will not be allowed on any Metro Manila roads from 6 am to 10 am and then again from 5 pm to 10 pm This is in anticipation of the Manila leg of the APEC summit

NO TRUCKS. A new resolution from the Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA) limits how long trucks can be on the road in Metro Manila. File photo by Romeo Gacad/AFP

Proposed traffic solutions: Regulate car sales, relocate industries

Aug 24, 2015 - 8:30 PM

A congressman renews proposal to sell cars only to those with proof of parking spaces; an ex senator says factories commercial establishments should move to the provinces

EVERYDAY BURDEN. Thousands of Metro Manila residents endure the worsening traffic jams in Metro Manila. Rappler photo

#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

SONA 2015: MMDA sets alternate roads

Jul 26, 2015 - 12:41 PM

Here are the alternate routes motorists can take to avoid road closures for the 2015 State of the Nation Address

Motorcycle riders push for rights, road safety

Jul 06, 2015 - 6:56 PM

Did you know that among all motorists motorcycle riders suffer the most harassment from traffic authorities?

Motorbikes are lined up in a parking lot. Photo by David Lozada/ 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

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

'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

On Facebook? Try MMDA's new carpooling app

May 20, 2015 - 11:28 AM

Friend Trip MMDA s new carpooling app aims to ease road congestion and reduce air pollution by getting Facebook friends to share rides together

NEW APP. MMDA's new app aims to help reduce air pollution and road congestion by encouraging carpooling. Photo from MMDA

Brake glitch bugs MRT3 rush hour operation

Apr 30, 2015 - 7:22 AM

2nd UPDATE A glitch in the track brakes limits MRT3 operations to just the Shaw to Taft route and vice versa for around two hours

Out-going passengers struggle in a jam-packed train ride. Making Metro Manila navigable

Mar 08, 2015 - 9:00 PM

The developers behind web service Sakay ph aim to combine data and technology to help commuters navigate their way around Metro Manila

COMMUTE GUIDE. recently launched a mobile app to help commuters find directions around Metro Manila. All 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

Grace Poe: Stop 'insensitive' MRT, LRT fare hike

Dec 22, 2014 - 12:12 PM

The senator who has led a probe into the state of the MRT3 says the hike is an ‘added insult and an injustice to the suffering of the riding public’

Photo by Mick Basa

MRT, LRT fare hikes to take effect January 4

Dec 20, 2014 - 7:00 PM

UPDATED The DOTC approves the increase in fares for the 3 major train lines in Metro Manila after several years of deferment

FARE HIKES. The DOTC approves the fare hikes for the two lines of the LRT and the MRT-3, which takes effect on January 4. LRT image via Shutterstock, MRT photo by Jay Directo/AFP

Ruby: MRT, LRT, PNR operations end early Monday

Dec 08, 2014 - 1:22 PM

UPDATED Railway services in Metro Manila will be cut short Monday December 8 in anticipation of the arrival of Tropical Storm Ruby Hagupit


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

Southern provincial buses get 'window' to enter Manila

Sep 24, 2014 - 5:56 PM

Between 12 midnight and 4 am from Monday to Sunday buses from Southern Luzon Bicol and the Visayas can drop off and pick up passengers in their Metro Manila terminals

Flooding forces MRT3 into 'provisional' mode

Aug 27, 2014 - 2:58 PM

UPDATED Full operations resume several hours later after the flooding between the Buendia and Ayala stations is managed

Rappler file photo

PNR train derails; No injuries reported

Aug 25, 2014 - 11:47 AM

The train going southbound and traversing the line between Sta Mesa and España stations when the last coach was derailed at around 9:30 am

STALLED. A Philippine National Railways train is stalled near Altura street, Sta Mesa, Manila, after its rearmost coach derailed 25 August 2014. Jose Del/Rappler

#AnimatED: Problema sa MRT? Rebolusyon ang solusyon!

Aug 18, 2014 - 7:30 AM

Meron tayong kalbaryo araw araw Pero nananahimik tayo nagtitiis

MMDA to give free rides during June 19 transport strike

Jun 18, 2014 - 5:45 PM

MMDA Chairman Francis Tolentino also encourages commuters to take the Pasig River ferries as alternative mode of transportation

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

Graphics by Rappler

DOTC eyes bus rapid transit, more walkways, car-less cities

Apr 17, 2014 - 5:00 PM

Bus rapid transit improved walkways and car less cities are plans that may just see road sharing become a reality in the Philippines

EFFICIENT TRANSPORT. This bus rapid transit system in Peru shows how road-sharing can work in urban areas

Why I advocate road sharing

Mar 14, 2014 - 8:14 PM

The vision of a walkable commutable Metro Manila becomes even more attractive than owning a car

TOGETHER. Private car owners and commuters join together for the Share the Roads movement. Photo by Gen Cruz

Emergency powers for energy woes? Palace says no talks yet

Jan 12, 2014 - 11:54 PM

Malacañang says it will wait for the oral arguments on Meralco s power rate hike in the Supreme Court

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

Manila starts ban on buses without terminals

Jul 23, 2013 - 4:26 PM

In line with the city of Manila s resolution the MMDA issues an advisory on alternative routes

No classes in 4 cities due to transport strike

Mar 15, 2012 - 1:09 AM

DepEd suspends classes for elementary and high school in Pasay San Juan Parañaque and Quezon City