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Tugade: No decision yet on Dalian trains for MRT

THE Department of Transportation (DoTr) on Wednesday said the independent audit of the Metro Rail Transit Line 3 (MRT-3) has been completed, but no decision has been made regarding the new train cars from China.

Japan may lend $346M for MRT-3

JAPAN is considering a 38.101 billion-yen (about $346 million) official development assistance (ODA) loan for the rehabilitation of Metro Rail Transit (MRT)-3, and an additional 4.37 billion yen for the ongoing construction of the New Bohol Airport.

IRC bags original proponent status for Makati mass transport system

IRC Properties, Inc. bagged original proponent status from the Makati government for its proposed $3.7-billion intra-city mass transport system within the city. In a disclosure...

IRC proposes mass transport system in Makati

IRC Properties, Inc., now led by businessman Antonio L. Tiu, is seeking to build a mass transportation system within Makati City to address traffic congestion in the country’s central business district.

AGI unit bags original proponent status for Skytrain

THE infrastructure arm of tycoon Andrew L. Tan’s Alliance Global Group, Inc. (AGI) bagged the original proponent status (OPS) for its proposed P3-billion monorail...

DOTr, JICA agree on 43-month MRT rehab

The Department of Transportation (DOTr) and the Japanese government, through the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), have finalized on Friday, May 11, the terms...

2 MRT execs in reported scuffle amid meeting with foreign donors

By Patrizia Paola C. Marcelo, Reporter THE Department of Transportation (DoTr) said Friday there was a “heated incident” between two officials of the Metro Rail...

MRT deploys more trains

THE DEPARTMENT of Transportation (DoTr) deployed 15 Metro Rail Transit-3 (MRT-3) trains on Apr 2, the first time since Jan 5. At around 2:10...

Senator calls out DoTr chief on better MRT service by end-Feb.

By Camille A. Aguinaldo SENATOR GRACE Poe-Llamanzares on Sunday said she expects better services in the Metro Rail Transit 3 (MRT-3) by the end of...

Philippines, Japan on track for new MRT deal

By Patrizia Paola C. Marcelo Reporter THE PHILIPPINE and Japanese governments are on track to ink a deal for a new maintenance contract for the Metro...

Gov’t still studying MPIC proposal to take over MRT-3

THE GOVERNMENT is still evaluating Metro Pacific Investments Corp.’s (MPIC) unsolicited proposal for the rehabilitation and takeover of the Metro Rail Transit Line-3 (MRT-3)...

PHL, Japan to complete talks on new MRT-3 maintenance agreement

By Patrizia Paola C. Marcelo Reporter TALKS BETWEEN the Philippine and Japanese governments for a new maintenance deal for the Metro Rail Transit-3 (MRT-3)are seeing progress...

Poe: MRT’s ‘current system is already on last leg’

  “THE FREQUENT breakdowns of the MRT, especially during the latter part of 2017, only tells us that the current system is already on its...

Firms behind BURI barred from gov’t projects

By Patrizia Paola C. Marcelo Reporter THE DEPARTMENT of Transportation (DoTr) on Tuesday, Dec. 26, clarified that companies behind the joint venture Busan Universal Rail, Inc....

MRT-3: Where did it all go wrong?

A lethal cocktail of bad engineering choices, politically driven decisions, and mismanagement made MRT-3 the mass-moving hazard it is today. The series of errors started...

The Many Sins and Mysteries of MRT-3

By Rene S. Santiago ONCE AGAIN, an old rickety train system mislabelled as MRT-3 is in the news, threatening our Christmas celebration like Grinch. Troubles seem...

DoTr in talks for Sumitomo to maintain MRT-3

THE GOVERNMENT is considering Metro Rail Transit (MRT)-3 builder and former maintenance provider Sumitomo Corp. for the maintenance and rehabilitation of the MRT-3 system. In...

Transportation undersecretary Chavez resigns

By Patrizia Paola C. Marcelo TRANSPORTATION Undersecretary for Railways Cesar B. Chavez resigned on Thursday, in the wake of issues and several mishaps involving the...

BURI questions review of MRT contract in Singapore

By Janina S. Lim Reporter MRT-3 maintenance provider Busan Universal Railways, Inc. (BURI) said the government is suggesting to seek arbitration in a court in Singapore...

Emergency procurement eyed for MRT-3

THE GOVERNMENT may resort to emergency procurement for Metro Rail Transit’s (MRT-3) maintenance contract. “Most likely emergency procurement, we cannot wait several months. That’s not...

Plunder raps filed vs Abaya, other Aquino officials over MRT contract

THE Department of Transportation (DoTr) on Tuesday, Nov. 21, filed plunder charges against its former chief Joseph Emilio A. Abaya and several of his...

Abaya charged anew over MRT contract with Busan

FORMER TRANSPORTATION secretary Joseph Emilio A. Abaya was charged anew before the Office of the Ombudsman in connection with the P3.8-billion maintenance contract between...

Former MRT contractor washes its hands of glitches

THE company that until recently provided maintenance services for the Metro Rail Transit-3 (MRT-3) denied having any involvement in the recent mishaps involving the...

DoTr eyes ‘sabotage’ in latest MRT mishap

AN OFFICIAL of the Department of Transportation (DoTr) has raised the possibility of sabotage behind the latest mishap affecting the Metro Rail Transit or...

New MRT-3 maintenance provider in place next year

THE Metro Rail Transit (MRT)-3 will have a new maintenance provider next year, Department of Transportation (DoTr) Secretary Arthur P. Tugade said. “By next year,...

DoTr terminates BURI’s MRT-3 maintenance deal

THE Department of Transportation (DoTr) said it terminated the maintenance contract held by Busan Universal Rail, Inc. (BURI) for Metro Rail Transit (MRT)-3. The DoTr...

Fire hits MRT in Sunday trip

SENATOR Grace Poe in a statement on Sunday, Nov. 5, called on the management of the Metro Rail Transit (MRT) to “immediately take a...

Motorists advised to avoid Quirino Highway due to MRT-7 work

THE Project Traffic Management Task Force for the Manila Metro Rail Transit System Line 7 (MRT-7) has advised the public to avoid Quirino Highway...

DoTr files graft charges against ex-boss Abaya, MRT-3 contractor

THE Department of Transportation (DoTr) on Monday, Oct. 23, filed graft charges against its former head during the Aquino administration, Joseph Emilio A. Abaya,...

Gov’t serves termination notice to MRT service provider

THE Department of Transportation (DOTr) handed Metro Rail Transit (MRT-3) service provider Busan Universal Rail Inc. (BURI) a notice to terminate its contract. In a...

Tan’s AGI wants to build monorail from Fort to MRT

By Arra B. Francia, Reporter ALLIANCE GLOBAL Group, Inc.’s (AGI) latest push for diversification will be into the infrastructure sector, starting with the submission of...

MRT-3 rehab to require up to P20B

AROUND P20 billion will be needed to rehabilitate the Metro Rail Transit (MRT-3), according to Metro Pacific Investments Corp. (MPIC) which has earlier committed...

MRT management preparing ‘transition team,’ pending end of Busan contract

By Patrizia Paola C. Marcelo THE management of the Metro Rail Transit (MRT)-3 said it is readying a transition team, pending the decision of the...

Construction of rail common station to begin today

CONSTRUCTION OF the capital’s railway Common Station, a long-standing project of the Department of Transportation (DoTr) that will connect LRT-1, MRT-3, MRT-7, and the...

Busan Rail files graft case vs DoTR official

BUSAN Universal Rail, Inc., (BURI), the maintenance provider of the Metro Rail Transit (MRT)-3, on Wednesday filed a complaint against Transportation Undersecretary for Railways...

BURI says glitch due to ‘design flaws’ in MRT-3

THE MAINTENANCE provider of the Metro Rail Transit (MRT)-3 attributes the periodic malfunctioning in the train system to “design flaws,” as it called on...

MRT-LRT common station to break ground on Sept. 29

THE GOVERNMENT and its private partners are set to break ground on the Metro Rail Transit (MRT)-Light Rail Transit (LRT) common station project on...

Two MRT-3 passengers injured: Human error or signaling problem?

TWO INCIDENTS of passenger injuries were reported at the Metro Railway Transit (MRT)-3 yesterday morning due to problems in onboard signaling. Transportation Undersecretary for...

DBP looking to unload MRT-3 interest

THE Development Bank of the Philippines (DBP) is interested in exiting its investment in the Metro Rail Transit (MRT)-3. “..It is in our books and...

Busan Rail calls for audit to validate MRT-3 defects

BUSAN Universal Rail, Inc. (BURI) yesterday called on the Department of Transportation (DoTr) to conduct a system audit to validate the cause of service ...

Light Rail Manila batting for operating deal with MRT-3 rehab

THE Light Rail Manila Corp. (LRMC) consortium has submitted to the government a comprehensive rehabilitation proposal for the Metro Rail Transit (MRT)-3, CEO Rogelio...

BURI disputes ‘misinformation’ by DoTr on malfunctioning in MRT

By Patrizia Paola C. Marcelo BUSAN UNIVERSAL Rail, Inc. (BURI) in a statement on Monday, Aug. 28, disputed the Department of Transportation’s (DoTr) “misinformation” that...

MPIC prepared to buy out shareholders of MRT-3

By Victor V. Saulon, Sub-Editor METRO PACIFIC Investments Corp. (MPIC) is prepared to buy out “certain shareholders” in Metro Rail Transit 3 (MRT-3), including the...

Ayala looks to partner with MPIC for MRT-3 rehab

By Krista A.M. Montealegre, National Correspondent AYALA CORP. plans to team up with Metro Pacific Investments Corp. (MPIC) to rehabilitate and upgrade the Metro Railway Transit (MRT)...

Tugade sees completion of MRT-7 project by late 2019

DEPARTMENT of Transportation (DoTr) Secretary Arthur P. Tugade said the Metro Rail Transit (MRT)-7 project, which will connect North Avenue in Quezon City to...