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DM Consunji eyeing Japanese partner for NSCR civil works bid

DM CONSUNJI, Inc. is currently in talks with a Japanese partner to form a consortium that will bid for the construction contract for the North-South Commuter Rail (NSCR) traversing Malolos to Tutuban.

Construction at major state projects set to begin

CONSTRUCTION WORK for at least nine of the 75 key large-scale infrastructure projects of the Duterte administration is set to begin next semester.

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...

World Bank reiterates Cebu BRT is viable

THE World Bank has reiterated its view that it considers the Cebu Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) Project to be feasible, amid calls by the Department of Transportation (DoTr) to cancel the project in favor of a railway system.

Construction of railway for Subic-Clark cargo train to start next year...

The government’s plan to build a cargo train railway connecting Subic to Clark is targeted to start next year, Budget Secretary Benjamin E. Diokno...

LRTA buys train driving simulator for LRT-2 operators

The Light Rail Transit Authority (LRTA) announced it had acquired a train driving simulator, a technology said to control risks and reduce accidents in...

SMC’s Bulacan airport proposal among projects approved by government

THE NATIONAL Economic and Development (NEDA) Board gave the go signal to 20 projects during its meeting on Wednesday, April 25, including large-scale projects...

Audit of China-made trains almost complete, requires weighing test

THE independent auditor of the Metro Rail Transit (MRT)-3 trains bought from Chinese firm Dalian Locomotive said that a weighing test should be done, the...

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...

Construction of LRT extension to Cavite possible by midyear

By Patrizia Paola C. Marcelo Reporter LIGHT RAIL Manila Corp. (LRMC) may start by midyear the construction of the Light Rail Transit (LRT)-1 extension to Cavite. LRMC...

15 key infrastructure projects being readied for 2018 launch

THE GOVERNMENT expects a pickup in infrastructure activity this year, with 15 big-ticket projects already in the pre-construction stage, the Finance department said. This adds...

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....

LRT-1: New coins compatible with TVMs by March 2018

FOLLOWING the release of new coins by the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP), LRT-1 operator Light Rail Manila Corp. (LRMC) in a statement last...

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...

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...

PPP Center evaluating rail, flood control projects

THE Public-Private Partnership (PPP) Center is currently reviewing a rail and a flood control project, both unsolicited, an official said on Wednesday. “For approval, we...

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...

Hitachi unit interested in subway, Malolos railway

THE railway systems unit of Hitachi Ltd., is interested in constructing the Metro Manila subway and Tutuban-Malolos railway projects. “We are very much interested in...

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...

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...

NEDA OK’s subway, major roads, bridges

FOUR MORE flagship projects cumulatively worth P386.248 billion, led by the country’s first subway that will run in Metro Manila, under the government’s P8.44-trillion...

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...