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France funds study on proposed Metro Manila cable car system

by Marje Pelayo   |   Posted on Thursday, November 15th, 2018

IN PHOTO: The Department of Transportation (DOTr), with the help of the French Government, jumpstarts the feasibility study for an urban cable car project in Metro Manila, in a program held at the DOTr Clark Office in Pampanga today, 14 November 2018.

MANILA, Philippine – The Philippines and the French government has begun the conduct of a feasibility study on the proposed cable car system for Metro Manila.

Representatives from both governments kicked off the first technical meeting for the €450,000 (P27M) transport project on Wednesday (November 14) at the regional office of the Department of Transportation (DOTr) in Clark, Pampanga.

Based on the initial discussions, the technical working group proposed the construction of the cable car system in Metro Manila.

Transport Secretary Arthur Tugade, however, suggested that the cable car system be established in La Union-Baguio route or in Caticlan-Boracay route. – UNTV News and Rescue

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Probe ordered on LRT-2 train crash

by Marje Pelayo   |   Posted on Monday, May 20th, 2019

Damage from the LRT-2 collision | Photo by Ahya Lopez

MANILA, Philippines – The management of the Light Rail Transit Authority (LRTA) has ordered the creation of a fact-finding committee that will investigate the train crash incident on Saturday (May 18).

More than 30 people were injured on Saturday evening after a train parked on the “pocket track” near Anonas Station moved on its own and headed toward the main railways eastbound to Cubao.

The train’s control center noticed the movement of the parked train and immediately notified the approaching train but it was too late for the latter to make a full stop.

Damage from the LRT-2 collision | Courtesy : LRT2 Facebook page

“For unknown reason, which is still the subject of further investigation through a fact-finding which is being instructed by the administrator, gumalaw ang supposedly na sira na tren,” said DOTr’s Undersecretary for Finance Garry de Guzman.

Operations in LRT Line 2 was temporarily suspended for safety check.

It was mid afternoon the next day, Sunday (May 19) when the LRT-2 services resumed.

The LRTA management and the Department of Transportation (DOTr) assured the public that what happened was an isolated case while measures were being set up to prevent a repeat of the incident in the future.

“Kung mababawasan ang mga tumatakbong LRT (trains), natural may epekto iyan,” Transport Secretary Arthur Tugade noted.

(If running trains will be reduced, that surely has an effect.)

“Pero sa ganyang management, titingnan lahat iyan para nang sa ganoon, ang epekto sa operasyon ay hindi unnecessarily wide and deep,” he added.

(With that kind of management, everything will be assessed so that the effects on the operation will not be unnecessarily wide and deep.)

LRTA is expected to issue an official statement on the exact cause of the incident after its investigation. – Marje Pelayo (with details from Asher Cadapan Jr.)

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LRT-2 extension to Antipolo enters final phase

by Robie de Guzman   |   Posted on Tuesday, April 16th, 2019

LRT-2 East Extension Project is set to connect eastern side with greater part of Metro Manila. The project is expected to be completed by 2020. (Courtesy of Department of Transportation Facebook Page)

MANILA, Philippines – The Department of Transportation (DOTr) held the ceremonial track laying and installation of electro-mechanical system (EMS) at the Light Rail Transit Line 2 (LRT-2) Emerald Station in Marikina City on Tuesday (April 16).

DOTr Secretary Arthur Tugade and Japanese Ambassador to the Philippines Koji Haneda led the ceremony.

The track works and integration of the EMS into the existing system signal that the project has entered the final phase.

Once completed, Tugade said, it will significantly reduce travel time from Recto in Manila to Masinag in Antipolo, Rizal to just 40 minutes from three hours via bus or jeepney.

“Imagine a situation where you will travel from Claro M. Recto to Masinag, to Emerald, that will take easily three hours. With the construction of the two stations to be finalized by the fourth quarter of 2020, that travel time will be reduced to a maximum of 40 minutes,” he said.

Transportation Secretary Arturo Tugade (5th from right) and Japanese Ambassador Koji Haneda (6th from right) led the ceremonial track laying and installation of electromechanical systems (EMS) of the LRT Line 2 East Extension Project on Tuesday, 16 April 2019. (Courtesy of Department of Transportation Facebook Page)

The installation of EMS will be followed by the creation of the signaling system, overhead catenary system, telecommunications system, and the power supply and distribution system, which will be used to operate trains daily.

The four-kilometer LRT-2 extension will feature two stations – the Emerald station, along Marcos highway and adjoining Gil Fernando and Felix Avenues, and the Masinag station, near Sumulong highway in Antipolo City, Rizal.

According to the Light Rail Transit Authority, the construction of viaducts and two stations are now nearing completion.

The DOTr said that overall, the project is already 60 percent complete and is expected to be finished in the fourth quarter of 2020. – Robie de Guzman

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LTO begins distribution of license plates

by Marje Pelayo   |   Posted on Thursday, July 5th, 2018

 

QUEZON CITY, Philippines – The Land Transportation Office (LTO) began on Thursday (July 5) its distribution of license plates in LTO regional offices for car owners who registered their vehicles in 2016.

The license plates may be claimed at LTO authorized district offices. Car owners may also coordinate with their respective dealers for the license.

The ceremonial plate distribution was led by Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade and LTO Chief Assistant Secretary Edgar Galvante at the LTO Central Office in East Avenue, Quezon City.

“Iyong tinatawag nilang republikang walang plaka ay hindi na totoo pagkat ngayong araw na ito maguumpisa ng maisyu at mairelease yung mga plaka,” Tugade said.

Based on LTO’s record, the agency was able to produce more than 200,000 license plates through the agency’s newly opened plate-making facility. These number covers car registrations up to December 2016.

LTO, however, clarified that the distribution of plates will not be done in bulk but by schedule to ensure proper and appropriate distribution.

Meanwhile, vehicles registered from 2013 to 2016 are not covered by the distribution pending approval from the Commission on Audit (COA). LTO said they are still awaiting COA’s resolution on the three million backlog plates included in a contract in question.

“May napipintong resolusyon ito  at as soon as the COA disallowance is resolved makakapagproceed na kami on how to treat the previous contract,”

Likewise, there is no distribution of plates for motorcycles, according to LTO, pending finality of a legislation approving the change in the size of motorcycle plates. – Joan Nano / Marje Pelayo

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