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

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Tuesday, December 19th, 2017

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

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P2P bus routes reach 35

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Thursday, December 6th, 2018

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MANILA, Philippines — The number of routes traversed by premium Point-to-Point (P2P) buses has reached 35 in Metro Manila and nearby provinces.

The Department of Transportation (DOTr) said there were initially only two routes in 2016, but has expanded its trips to cover Cavite, Laguna, Rizal, Bulacan, Pangasinan, Zambales, and Pampanga.

New five other routes are set to open soon. — UNTV News & Rescue

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LTFRB cancels franchise of entire Dimple Star fleet

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Wednesday, December 5th, 2018


A Dimple Star bus unit

MANILA, Philippines — The Land Transportation and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) canceled on Wednesday (December 5) the franchise of the entire Dimple Star fleet.

This is in relation to the March 20 incident which resulted in death of 19 individuals and injury of 21 others when a Dimple Star bus fell off a cliff in Sablayan, Occidental Mindoro.

Based on the data of the LTFRB, Dimple Star has been involved in 8 accidents wherein 25 individuals died and 134 others got injured.

LTFRB chair Martin Delgra said that they have decided to cancel the franchise of Dimple Star bus company due to the repeated negligence of the company and to prevent the recurrence of accidents. — UNTV News & Rescue

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PH gets failing mark in int’l assessment of road safety standards

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Wednesday, December 5th, 2018

MANILA, Philippines — Vehicular accidents and people getting run over while crossing roads are reported in the news almost every day.

According to the International Road Assessment Program (IRAP), one of the reasons is the bad condition of roads in the country.

IRAP gave the Philippines a one to two-star rating only on road safety. Based on their study, narrow roads designed for single lane use only often accommodate two vehicles with only a painted line in the middle to separate them.

“That white line, it doesn’t do too much to protect you from death on a head-on crash. It’s one of the main ways that motorcyclists die from,” said IRAP’s managing director, Greg Smith.

A 2015 report of the World Health Organization stated that 53 percent of road accidents involved motorcycles while 19 percent involved pedestrians. The report also indicated that people between the ages of 15 to 29 are the ones who usually figure in road accidents.

According to the National Center for Transportation Studies of the University of the Philippines, roads in the country, particularly in Metro Manila, are dangerous.

And though the government is continuously working on making roads safer, experts say, the public should also learn to adjust and follow traffic rules.

“Kahit ang ganda ng infrastructure natin kapag hindi natin naintindihan na lahat ng tao ay may karapatang gumamit sa kalsada, hindi tayo uusad kahit malawak pedestrian. Kung gagamitin yun na parking, walang mangyayari,” said UP National Center for Transportation Studies director, Dr. Ma. Sheila Napalang.

The Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA), for its part, assured that it is doing all it can to make roads in the metropolis safer.

The MMDA also calls on the public to make use of pedestrian walkways, even the controversial footbridge along Scout Borromeo-EDSA, to avoid road accidents.

“Mamimili po kayo dito: mapapagod po kayo o babawian kayo ng buhay? Makikipagsapalaran po kayo sa EDSA,” said MMDA spokesperson Celine Pialago.

Road safety advocates, meanwhile, suggests the inclusion of intensified promotions on road safety in the platform of political aspirants hoping to win a seat in the upcoming midterm elections. — Mon Jocson | UNTV News & Rescue


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