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Breaktime: Let them eat ache

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Okay, the media made a big fuss out of the kilometric queues of hundreds of wretched commuters at the MRT Edsa stations during rush hours, not to mention the unbearable congestion inside the MRT coaches, already bursting with humanity anytime of the day.

Posted: April 14th, 2014 in Columnists,Editor's Pick,Inquirer Columns | Read More »

Biz Buzz: Never say die

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The contract signing between the government and the Ayala Corp.-Metro Pacific Investments tandem for the automated fare collection system PPP—the transportation department’s first—went off without a hitch on Monday. Well and good, right?

Posted: April 2nd, 2014 in Headlines | Read More »

Deadline for LRT-1 bid moved back a month

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The Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC) is giving bidders an additional month, or until May 28, to submit their offers for a massive public-private partnership deal that would extend the existing Light Rail Transit Line 1 (LRT) elevated railway to Cavite province.

Posted: April 2nd, 2014 in Headlines | Read More »

MRT 7 construction delayed anew due to House probe

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Construction of the Metro Rail Transit Line 7 (MRT 7) may be delayed anew as Congress seeks to scrutinize the financial terms involving a private sector proponent, a lawmaker said on Thursday.

Posted: March 7th, 2014 in Editor's Pick,Headlines | Read More »

MRT firm hits back at DOTC

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The private sector group behind the Metro Rail Transit (MRT) Line 3 elevated railway in Metro Manila hit back at the government on Wednesday, criticizing the transportation department’s “lack of maintenance operations.”

Posted: February 13th, 2014 in Headlines | Read More »

Gov’t to contest MRT 3 restraining order

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The Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC) said it would defend a recent decision to procure more trains for the congested Metro Rail Transit Line 3 (MRT 3) from a Chinese company after a Makati City regional trial court ordered a Temporary Order of Protection, the agency on Wednesday said in a statement.

Posted: February 6th, 2014 in Latest Business Stories | Read More »

BRT proponent asks SC to compel gov’t to junk rail-based transport projects

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Light Rail Transit (LRT) line 1

A retired investment banker on Tuesday petitioned the Supreme Court to stop the government from pushing through with the P64.9 billion Baclaran-Cavite Light Rail Transit 1 (LRT1) extension and the more than P60-billion Manila Railway Transit 7 (MRT7) projects.

Posted: February 5th, 2014 in Latest Business Stories | Read More »

Breaktime: Never shall the train meet

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Uh-oh, another bidding done by the DOTC, this time involving the P1.7-billion single ticket system for the three light rail lines in the metropolis, seems to be unraveling.

Posted: January 30th, 2014 in Columnists,Inquirer Columns | Read More »

Breaktime: Train, train, go away

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The more than 600,000 daily passengers of MRT 3, the light rail transit on the traffic-infested Edsa, are likely to suffer heat and exhaustion for still some time due to the kilometric lines at the stations and the jampacked coaches.

Posted: December 19th, 2013 in Columnists,Editor's Pick,Inquirer Columns | Read More »

Breaktime: Thread secret

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One PPP project under the Aquino (Part II) administration perhaps may be underway by next year: the so-called AFCS, or automated fare collection system.

Posted: December 12th, 2013 in Columnists,Inquirer Columns | Read More »

Construction of MRT-7 seen to start in 2014

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Construction of the long-delayed P62.7-billion Metro Rail Transit Line 7 (MRT-7), which involves the putting up of a 22.8-kilometer railway line from Quezon City to Bulacan province, may start late next year, its builder said.

Posted: November 29th, 2013 in Editor's Pick,Headlines | Read More »

Top firms vie for P1.72B rail collection deal

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Large conglomerates are expected Monday to submit bids for the P1.72-billion Automatic Fare Collection System, a public-private partnership deal for a “tap and go” system for Metro Manila’s elevated railways. INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

Large conglomerates are expected Monday to submit bids for the P1.72-billion Automatic Fare Collection System, a public-private partnership deal for a “tap and go” system for Metro Manila’s elevated railways.

Posted: November 18th, 2013 in Latest Business Stories | Read More »

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