Rehabilitation of MRT line 3 will not affect current train fare matrix – DOTR

UNTV News   •   December 19, 2017   •   5000


MANILA, Philippines – The Department of Transportation (DOTR) and the Government of Japan are expected to sign next week an agreement for the rehabilitation and repair in the operation of the Metro Rail Transit or MRT line 3.

In an interview with the program ‘Get It Straight with Daniel Razon’, DOTR Assistant Secretary for Railways Timothy John Batan said the rehabilitation and development of the busiest train station in the country might take three years.

Included in the said contract are the regular repair of trains and the designation of a new maintenance provider.

Batan noted that the agreement also aims to designate a company that would solely supervise the operation of MRT.

Despite the efforts to fix the services of MRT, the DOTR vowed not to implement a fare increase in the busiest train station in the country.

“Can you categorically say that there would be no increase until the whole next year?” asked host, Daniel Razon.

Batan said, “Our rehabilitation period is from 3 years from 2018, 2019, to 2020. While that rehabilitation is ongoing, we have no plan to increase the fare in MRT.”

Meanwhile, the DOTR is now coordinating with the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) in line with its plan to designate a special lane on EDSA for point to point buses.

This aims to encourage passengers to patronize P2P buses as alternative transportation and to avoid the long lines in MRT.

The MMDA and DOTR plan to also designate it as carpool lanes to avoid private vehicles from getting stuck in traffic and so that passengers can be brought to their destinations.

Razon asked Batan if it’s possible to let P2P buses use the carpool lanes exclusively instead.

“Very possible Kuya Daniel. In fact, our discussions with the MMDA and LTFRB is ongoing regarding that suggestion,” Batan said.

The DOTR, however, clarified that it remains a plan and that it has no final agreement yet with the MMDA. – Joan Nano | UNTV News & Rescue

Mabigat na trapiko at hirap sa pagsakay, bumungad sa unang araw ng GCQ sa Metro Manila

Robie de Guzman   •   June 1, 2020

MANILA, Philippines – Mabigat na daloy ng mga sasakyan sa kahabaan ng EDSA ang bumungad sa mga motorista sa unang araw ng general community quarantine (GCQ) sa Metro Manila.

Ito ay dahil sa bulto ng mga pribadong sasakyan, pampasaherong bus na ginamit sa augmentation program ng Department of Transportation (DOTr), at mga taxi at transport network vehicle service na pinayagan nang bumiyahe sa ilalim ng GCQ.

Nakadagdag rin sa pagsisikip ng trapiko sa kalsada ang pag-arangkada ng point-to-point (P2P) buses, shuttle services ng mga kumpanya at mga bisikleta.

Nagsimula na ring gamitin ngayong araw ng mga pampasaherong bus ang innermost lane ng EDSA.

Pero hindi natapos ang loading at unloading bay areas sa ilalim ng MRT-3 stations kaya apat na istasyon lang muna ang hihintuan ng mga bus upang magsakay at magbaba ng mga pasahero.

Ito ay ang North Avenue station, Quezon Avenue, Ayala at Taft Stations.

Batay sa patakaran ng Inter-Agency Task Force, limitado lang ang bilang ng mga pasaherong maaaring sumakay sa mga pampublikong sasakyan pang masunod ang panuntunan sa physical distancing.

Hindi rin lahat ng ruta ng pampasaherong bus ang pinayagang magbalik-pasada kaya pahirapan ang pagsakay ng mga pasahero.

May ilang pasahero na inabot ng ilang oras sa paghihintay ng masasakyan habang may iba namang naglakad na lang papasok sa trabaho.

Ang construction worker na si Jonathan Suico, madaling araw pa umalis sa Rizal ngunit naglakad rin pagdating sa may EDSA-Shaw Boulevard dahil walang masakyang bus papunta sa kanyang trabaho.

“Pupunta sana dun sa dulo kung may bus, eh ang masama nga eh, wala po eh. Wala pong magagawa po ma’am eh. Maglalakad na lang po,” ani Suico.

Humingi naman ng pang-unawa ang DOTr sa publiko sa limitadong transportasyon.

Ipinaalala rin ng kagawaran na naka-community quarantine pa rin naman ang Metro Manila at hindi pa maaaring lubusang magbalik-operasyon ang sektor ng transportasyon.

“Humihingi rin kami ng inyong pag-iintindi kasi nga ho, ‘wag nating kalimutan na tayo ay quarantine pa rin ho… At ang nangingibabaw po sa pagdating sa kagawaran ng transportasyon, ay ang inyong kalusugan, ang inyong kaligtasan,” ani Transportation Assistant Secretary Giovanni Lopez sa isang panayam sa UNTV ngayong Lunes.

Samantala, sinabi naman ni Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) Chairman Martin Delgra III na pinag-aaralan na nila ang paglalagay ng bus stops sa Cubao at Ortigas Station kung saan malaki ang bulto ng mga pasahero.

“Nakita natin na full force ngayong araw yung mga bus na binigyan natin ng special permit so tuloy tuloy,” ani Delgra.

Tulad sa mga tren, limitado lang din sa 50-porsyento ng kapasidad ng mga pampublikong sasakyan ang bilang ng mga pasaherong maaaring isakay.

Dapat rin ay nasusunod sa mga ito ang physical distancing at iba pang health protocols upang maiwasan ang pagkalat ng coronavirus disease. – RRD (mula sa ulat ni Correspendent Harlene Delgado)

Augmentation buses provided at selected MRT stations for commuters missing train rides

Marje Pelayo   •   June 1, 2020

MANILA, Philippines – The Department of Transportation (DOTR) is mobilizing augmentation bus service for workers and the general public who will not make it on MRT trains due to the expected surge of commuters on the first day of general community quarantine or GCQ in Metro Manila on Monday (June 1).

Starting today, two lanes in EDSA will operate exclusively for augmentation buses, specifically the ones near the MRT stations. 

Initially, the Transportation Department has allowed 90 bus units to operate from June 1 to 15 with limited passenger capacity.

“According to DOTr rail sector, kailangan nila ng 90 buses. Iyan po ang sinabi nilang kakulangan sa transportasyon along the rail line [The DOTr Rail Sector asked for 90 buses. Those are what they need for transport augmentation along the rail lines],” said Atty. Martin Delgra, chairman of the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB).

Designated bus stops are also placed under selected MRT stations where these buses may load and unload passengers. 

These bus stops are in MRT north Avenue, MRT Quezon Avenue station, Ayala station and Taft station. 

Ang mangyayari po dito ang mga pasahero po ay ipi-pick up sa North Avenue at Quezon Avenue. Doon na lang po ang magiging drop-off at pick-up points papasok sa special lane na ibinahagi o ibibigay sa buses na ito. Diretso na po iyan,” noted Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) Spokesperson Celine Pialago.

Ang babaan na lamang po nila ay ang Ayala Station at ang Taft Station. Pagdating doon lalabas na po doon papunta sa sidewalk para makababa po ang mga commuters,” she added.

Lanes in EDSA will also be reorganized, according to the DOTr, with the outer lanes to be assigned for bicycles and motorbikes while the middle lanes for private vehicles.

Meanwhile, cashless payment is also being encouraged among public transport vehicle owners to avoid direct contact. 

At present, several taxi and transport network vehicle services (TNVS) operators have installed automated collection systems in their respective units. 

The DOTr assured that no fare increase will be allowed for now among mass transport vehicles. MNP (with details from Joan Nano)

Number coding scheme in Metro Manila remains suspended until June 5

Maris Federez   •   May 31, 2020

MANILA, Philippines — The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) has announced that the number coding scheme in Metro Manila remains suspended until June 5.

The MMDA also clarified that the planned modified number coding scheme will still push through, although the exact date of its implementation is yet to be determined.

The MMDA explained that the new law on traffic still has to go through the legal process before it gets to be published in major newspapers to inform the public of its implementation.

Under the modified number coding scheme, private vehicles may still go on trip even if their car plate numbers are under a certain day-code as long as the passengers on board are not lesser than two.

Medical frontliners are exempted from the scheme.

On the other hand, Makati City will already be implementing the number coding scheme effective Monday, June 1. Vehicles that have two or more passengers will be exempted from the scheme. (with details from Joan Nano) /mbmf

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