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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

[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

15 Metro Manila routes open for compliant modern jeepneys on June 22

Jun 21, 2020 - 4:50 PM

More jeepney routes will be opened within the week, while UV Express units will be allowed to operate before the end of June, adds the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board

JEEPS DURING GCQ. Drivers of Common Transport Service Cooperatives on Sunday, June 21, 2020, exhibit the interiors of a modern jeepney that follows the guidelines for public transport in light of the coronavirus pandemic. Photo by Darren Langit/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

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

PNR to deploy 8 trains starting June 1

May 31, 2020 - 11:34 PM

Philippine National Railways General Manager Junn Magno says 6 of the 8 trains are newly acquired from Indonesia

LIST: P2P bus routes starting June 1

May 31, 2020 - 11:01 PM

The resumption of P2P operations is in line with the start of the general community quarantine in Metro Manila

POINT-TO-POINT. With guaranteed seats and departure schedules, the P2P service offers a more convenient ride to passengers. Photo by Cathrine Gonzales/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

[ANALYSIS] Why slashing the ranks of Angkas bikers is anticompetitive

Dec 26, 2019 - 12:15 PM

Is it fair for government to slash the number of Angkas bikers to make room for competitors? Is that the spirit of competition policy? Not at all.

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

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

Contractual DOTr workers to be renewed after December 2018 deadline

Sep 11, 2018 - 5:00 PM

The Department of Transportation earlier asked to be exempt from renewing the services of its contractual employees

BUDGET. Department of Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade answers questions from Senator Joel Villanueva at the Senate hearing on the budget of DOTr. Photo by Angie de Silva/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

DOTr buys own machines to make license plates

Apr 08, 2018 - 2:45 PM

'Ayaw na nating maulit 'yung problema sa plaka. Kaya naman mas maigi kung tayo na lang mismo ang mag-manufacture,' says Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade

Photos from DOTR from Friday Secretary Arthur Tugade with other DOTr road sector officials LTO chief Edgar Galvante and LTFRB chairman Martin Delgra III inspect the motor vehicle plate facilities of the Land Transportation Office (LTO)

Grab, Uber partners can now drive ‘worry-free’

Mar 05, 2018 - 8:17 PM

With the LTFRB now accepting again franchise applications, Grab and Uber drivers no longer have to worry about getting apprehended on the road for being ‘colorum’

FIRST. Juliet Bulaon, Grab partner, is the first applicant who finished processing her application for Provisional Authority on March 5, 2018. Photo by Aika Rey/Rappler

Philippines: A nation on the road to progress

Sep 07, 2017 - 4:29 PM

With efforts coming from the public and private sectors our country slowly but surely makes for itself a better transport system

As Uber hits the brakes, TNC applicants eye share of riders

Aug 16, 2017 - 10:59 AM

At stake is a demand of 300 000 phone booked trips per day the LTFRB estimates

WAITING. UBER office in Mandaluyong City. Photo by Rob Reyes/Rappler

Philippines: A nation on the road to progress

Jul 06, 2017 - 5:25 PM

With efforts coming from the public and private sectors, our country slowly but surelymakes for itself a better transport system

WATCH: The P2P bus ride experience

Feb 18, 2017 - 1:30 PM

With entertainment systems a restroom and comfortable seats the premium amenities in the point to point buses draw in passengers looking for a hassle free commute

PREMIUM BUS. Froehlich Tours operates the Trinoma to Glorietta 5 route, a journey of about 14 kilometers. Photo by Alanis Banzon/Rappler

Have you tried the P2P bus yet? It's still a better ride

Feb 11, 2017 - 9:30 AM

From only 3 routes in end 2015 the P2P service has since expanded its routes But for its continued success standards for operators must be maintained

PREMIUM BUSES. Two double decker point-to-point luxury buses are presented to media during the dry run in January 2016. Photo by Joel Liporada/Rappler

Carpooling app helps Manila commuters create transport fixes

Aug 14, 2016 - 9:30 AM

As traffic gets worse in Metro Manila some citizens are banding together to work out solutions of their own – with the help of social media and technology

TRANSPORT SOLUTIONS. Carpooling service Wunder has users creating their own communities to make scheduling trips easier. Photo from Wunder Facebook page

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May 31, 2016 - 12:59 PM

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Aquino proposes weekly odd-even scheme to solve PH traffic

Aug 27, 2015 - 9:15 PM

The most radical solution is to cut the number of cars plying the roads – cars with odd and even plate numbers would take turns every week says the President

TRAFFIC. The Japan International Cooperation Agency says traffic will cost the Philippines up to P6 billion a day by 2030. File photo by Romeo Gacad/AFP

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

Davao Sasa project attracts 5 investors

Jul 29, 2015 - 5:34 PM

San Miguel ICTSI and Singapore s Portek are among the 5 groups that want to bid for the Davao Sasa modernization project

NEEDED IMPROVEMENTS. A study shows that container traffic in Davao is seen to increase by at least 6% annually over the next 25 years. Photo from Wikipedia

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

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

Stranded Filipino seafarers in New South Wales now safe

Apr 01, 2015 - 12:29 PM

The Philippine Overseas Employment Administration is told to notify Araw Manning Agency which deployed the seafarers

Gov’t raises infra spending to $18B by 2016

Oct 01, 2014 - 8:00 AM

The government is ramping up major infrastructure projects before President Aquino’s term ends DPWH says

Gov't rolls out MRT3 upgrade projects

Sep 16, 2014 - 5:36 PM

A team comprised of LRT and MRT3 officials has been formed to oversee the maintenance projects

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

DOTC to bid out Cebu BRT system by 2015

Jul 06, 2014 - 9:34 PM

The Cebu BRT system is expected to cut travel time and improve commuters experience

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

Train of thought

Mar 07, 2014 - 9:14 AM

With DOTC seemingly taking a slow leaky boat to mass transit infrastructure we might miss the train again

YOLY VILLLANUEVA-ONG

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

E-shuttle to improve lives of PH jeepney drivers

Oct 29, 2013 - 6:52 PM

The COMET e shuttle system gives drivers monthly pay and health benefits

DRIVING CHANGE. a COMET e-shuttle drives through the streets of Makati City. Photo courtesy of GET Philippines

Cebu ferry collision toll now at 91

Aug 29, 2013 - 10:03 AM

46 still missing; 9 survivors remain in hospital

AFTERMATH. Life rafts from the sunken ferry St. Thomas Aquinas float in front of cargo ship Sulpicio Express 7 on August 17, 2013, whose bow was destroyed after a colliding with the ferry the night before off Talisay, Cebu. Photo by AFP/Ted Aljibe

Cebu ship collision toll rises to 71

Aug 21, 2013 - 10:12 AM

Out of the 71 dead 33 have been identified the National Risk Reduction Management Council said; 49 remain missing as of 7:30 am Wednesday

SEARCH & RETRIEVAL. Operatives of Philippine Navy on board a motorized rubber boat looking out toward waters off Cebu, 18 August 2013. Photo by EPA/ Dennis Sabangan

Death toll from Cebu ferry disaster rises to 64

Aug 20, 2013 - 8:02 PM

Boats searching nearby islands for survivors found only the dead while divers pulled out more bodies from the waters off Cebu

RETRIEVAL. Operations to search for the missing continue

Oil spill: Cebu under state of calamity

Aug 19, 2013 - 4:22 PM

The entire province of Cebu is under a state of calamity due to the oil spill coming from the sunken M V St Thomas Aquinas

OIL-COATED MANGROVES. A resident walks through a mangrove area affected by an oil slick near the site of a ferry and freighter collision in Cordoba town near Cebu City, August 18, 2013. Photo by AFP/Ted Aljibe