DOTr says QC-Bulacan MRT-7 project almost 50% complete

Robie de Guzman   •   November 11, 2019   •   281

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MANILA, Philippines – The Department of Transportation (DOTr) on Monday reported that the construction of the Metro Rail Transit line 7 (MRT-7) is now 49.22 percent complete more than three years after construction started.

In a statement on Facebook, the DOTr said that civil works of the underground/depressed, at-grade, and elevated guideway are in various stages of construction, while civil works of nine of the 14 stations are in full swing.

Trackwork installations are also ongoing.

“Likewise, the required rolling stock of 108 cars has been completed, and are awaiting shipment pending the availability of the depot/holding area,” it added.

PROGRESS REPORT: The Metro Rail Transit Line 7 (MRT-7) is now 49.22% COMPLETE, as of October 2019!Based on the latest…

Posted by Department of Transportation – Philippines on Sunday, 10 November 2019

The 22-kilometer MRT-7 will connect Quezon City to San Jose Del Monte in Bulacan.

The line is expected to reduce travel time to 35 minutes from the current 2 to 3 hours.

The project is eyed to be completed by 2021, the DOTr said.

2 new PNR trains to hit tracks on Dec. 16

Robie de Guzman   •   December 11, 2019

MANILA, Philippines – The two sets of brand-new diesel multiple unit (DMU) motor cars of the Philippine National Railways (PNR) are expected to hit the tracks next week, the Department of Transportation (DOTr) said.

The train sets were unveiled in an arrival ceremony held on Wednesday in Tondo, Manila.          

The DOTr said the train units, each with three coaches, will be fully operational by December 16. These will be deployed on PNR’s Malabon and FTI routes.

The train sets, which were acquired from Indonesian company PT Inka, has a minimum capacity of 752 passengers and are seen to increase PNR’s current daily passenger service rate of 65,000.

It will also add 18 to 20 trips per day to FTI-Tutuban and FTI-Malabon routes, increasing PNR’s operational capacity to better serve the public.

The PNR said four more trains with four coaches each are expected to be delivered next year.

These train sets are part of the 37 railcars and three locomotives procured by the PNR from PT Inka.

The unveiling ceremony of the new trains was attended by some Philippine and Indonesian officials, including Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade, Indonesian Ambassador Dr. Sinyo Harry Sarundajang, PNR General Manager Junn Magno, PT Inka representatives, and House Transportation committee chair and Samar First District Rep. Edgar Sarmiento.

DOTr’s TWG eyes 6-month extension of motorcycle taxis’ pilot implementation

Robie de Guzman   •   December 10, 2019

MANILA, Philippines – The inter-agency Technical Working Group (TWG) of the Department of Transportation (DOTr) is eyeing to extend for six months the pilot run of motorcycle ride-hailing services in the country.

In a statement issued on Tuesday, the DOTr said this is to allow the participation of new players in the study of the viability of motorcycles as a safe mode of public transportation.

The department said it has heard proposals on November 20 from six motorcycle taxi companies, namely, Citimuber, JoyRide, MoveIt, EsetGo, Sakay, and VroomGo, which are all aspiring to participate in the pilot run.

“We want to determine their operational readiness and compliance,” Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) member Antonio Gardiola Jr. said.

Gardiola, who heads the TWG, said the extension is seen as an expansion of the study and giving the riding public a wider choice, and “thus push the multiple providers to ensure a higher standard of service.”

He added that the pilot run extension also aims to provide the TWG more time to widen the scope of their study on appropriate standards and capacities for motorcycles to be considered safe, convenient, and eligible for franchise.

The TWG is composed of members that include representatives from the DOTr, LTFRB, Land Transportation Office (LTO) and the Inter-Agency Council for Traffic.

“We also want to determine whether or not motorcycles are really a safe and viable form of public transportation. That is always our priority — the safety, security, and comfort of the riding public,” Gardiola further stated.

In May, the DOTr allowed ride-hailing service Angkas to operate for six months as motorcycle taxi for six months starting June.

The pilot run was approved in aid of legislation for both the House of Representatives and the Senate to evaluate pending bills pushing for the legalization of motorcycles as public utility vehicles, as well as amendment of existing laws such as Republic Act No. 4136 or the Land Transportation and Traffic Code.

The TWG said it has already submitted its recommendation, and a decision on the proposed extension will be released in the coming days.

DOTr launches Cavite-Manila ‘water jeepney’ ferry service

Aileen Cerrudo   •   December 9, 2019

The Department of Transportation (DOTr) officially launched the Cavite–Manila Ferry Service on Sunday (December 8).

Starting Monday (December 9), passengers can avail the ferry service from Cavite City Port Terminal going to the Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP) Complex in Pasay City, and to the Liwasang Bonifacio Terminal (Plaza Lawton) in Manila, and vice versa.

According to the DOTr, travel time from Cavite City Port Terminal to Liwasang Bonifacio Terminal is estimated at 40 to 45 minutes. Meanwhile, travel time between the Cavite City Port Terminal and CCP, and vice versa, is around 15 minutes.

DOTr Secretary Arthur Secretary said the fares for both ferry services are still under negotiation. Tugade said that he will push for lower prices.

“Andito kami ngayon pagka’t hangarin namin na ilunsad at i-revive ang ferry operation ng Cavite. Itong operation ng Cavite ay matagal ding nawala, matagal ding nakalimutan, kaya sabi namin, umpisahan, buhayin, at itaguyod ulit iyong ferry operation ng Cavite, (We are here to launch and revive the ferry operation of Cavite. This operation in Cavite had long been gone so we told ourselves that we would revive this operation)” he said.

He also said that passengers can get a free ride from December 9 to January 9, 2020.—AAC

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