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Mix of Confusion, Relief Mark Parañaque Terminal's First Days of Commercial Operations

The facility didn't quite live up to commuters' high expectations but many hope for better days ahead

When President Rodrigo Duterte inaugurated the Paranaque Integrated Terminal Exchange (PITx) last week, he called the “landport” a state-of-the-art facility that would offer a “convenient” experience to commuters.But when the country’s first intermodal land transport terminal opened its doors on Monday, November ...

by Elyssa Christine Lopez  | November 13, 2018 06:00:00
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Parañaque Terminal Exchange Starts Commercial Operations Nov. 10

Provincial buses passing through Cavitex to start and end their trips at country's first landport

The Department of Transportation (DOTr) has announced that the Parañaque Integrated Terminal Exchange (PITX), the country’s first integrated and multi-modal terminal, will officially begin operations on 4 a.m., Saturday, 10 November 2018.Provincial buses that pass through the Cavite Expressway (CAVITEX) and Coastal ...

by Elyssa Christine Lopez  | November 09, 2018 07:00:00
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Transport Co-Ops Score 21% Jump in Price of Modern Jeepneys, Warn It Could Lead to Higher Passenger Fares

Groups asking government to increase subsidies to protect welfare of riding public

Transport cooperatives that are part of the government’s public utility vehicle (PUV) modernization program are protesting the hefty increase in prices of modernized jeepneys since the scheme was rolled out. They warned that unless the price hikes are curbed, they may be ...

by Pauline Macaraeg  | October 23, 2018 09:00:00
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How the Return of Time-Based Charges Will Impact the Cost of Car-Hailing Rides on Grab and Hype

Grab PH cuts maximum price surge from 2x to 1.6x to ease burden on customers

Riders of ride-hailing companies Grab Philippines and Hype Transport Systems Inc. will have to pay the time-based charge again starting today, September 21, after the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) lifted its suspension of the fare component on September 4.In ...

by Pauline Macaraeg  | September 21, 2018 03:00:00
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LTFRB Reverses Order Compelling Grab PH to Reimburse Riders for 'Unauthorized' Fare Charge

However, ride-hailing company will still need to pay Php10-million penalty

The Land Transportation and Franchising Board has reversed its July 9 order to MyTaxi.Ph Inc., the company operating Grab Philippines, to reimburse the Php2 per minute it charged to riders for trips made from June 2017 to April 2018 through rebates, giving ...

by Elyssa Christine Lopez  | September 04, 2018 06:00:00
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LTFRB Backtracks on Warning to Go After 'Colorum' Ride-Hailing Cars Starting Sept. 1

Agency says only 782 applications for permits were received since issuing the warning

The Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) has agreed to push back the crackdown on unauthorized or “colorum” transport network vehicle services (TNVS) providers, which was set to begin on September 1.The LTFRB has not announced a new date for the ...

by Pauline Macaraeg  | August 30, 2018 06:00:00
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How Soon Will Commuters Feel the Impact of LTFRB's Move to Add 10K Slots to TNVS Supply?

The regulatory body says they can process only a few hundred applications a day

The recent decision of the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) to open 10,000 new slots in the transport network vehicle service (TNVS) supply base in Metro Manila has been generally welcomed by all industry stakeholders.The move will increase the number ...

by Elyssa Christine Lopez  | August 30, 2018 09:00:00
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As LTFRB Sets Sept. 1 Crackdown Vs 'Colorum' Ride-Sharing Cars, Drivers Raise Concerns

Low proportion of applications point to problems about regulation and attractiveness of TNVS as a business

The Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) has announced it will launch, yet again, a crackdown against so-called “colorum” or unauthorized ride-sharing cars starting September 1, according to news reports. It had previously announced a similar move, set to begin August ...

by Pauline Macaraeg  | August 24, 2018 07:00:00
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The Parañaque Integrated Terminal Exchange Is Almost Complete

It's poised to become the country's first intermodal transport terminal

The Department of Transportation announced on August 20 that construction of the Parañaque Integrated Terminal Exchange is nearly complete with almost 96% of it done. Located along the city's Coastal Road, the terminal is set to be the country's first intermodal transport terminal. Department of ...

by Jeremiah Capacillo for Spot.ph  | August 23, 2018 12:00:00
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Grab PH Did Not Engage in 'Phantom Bookings' as Alleged by Micab CEO

Grab Philippines country head says it investigated Micab founder's allegations and found them to be false

Grab Philippines country head Brian CuIn his contributed piece originally published unverified on the e27 site on 18 July, Micab Systems Corp. CEO, Eddie Ybanez made allegations about 15,000 "phantom bookings" on MiCab’s platform.Related story: Why You Can’t Get a Taxi or Car ...

by Brian Cu  | July 27, 2018 07:00:00
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SMC Wins NEDA Board Approval to Build a Php735.6-B International Airport in Bulacan

Policy move gives Department of Transportation more long-term options to address NAIA congestion

San Miguel Corporation’s (SMC) unsolicited proposal to build a Php735.6-billion international airport in Bulacan has been approved by the National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) board on Wednesday, April 25, the agency said in a statement.The proposal includes the construction, development, operation ...

by Pauline Macaraeg  | April 26, 2018 07:00:00
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How Frequently Do Filipino Commuters Use Ride-Hailing Apps?

Survey shows that transport network vehicle services have become a public necessity

On March 26, ride-hailing companies Uber and Grab announced they were merging their Southeast Asian operations in a multi-billion dollar deal, leaving the Philippines with only one major player in the transport network vehicle services (TNVS) industry by the middle of April ...

by Pauline Macaraeg  | April 19, 2018 10:00:00
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Grab Says Average Fares Have Gone Down Post-Acquisition of Uber

But based on Grab's data, fares have gone up in 40% of 20 most common routes in Metro Manila

Passenger fares have gone down an average of two percent since Grab’s acquisition of Uber in the region, Grab officials said during a press conference on Wednesday, April 18.Grab Philippines Country Head Brian Cu presented data showing how fares have gone down ...

by Paul John Caña  | April 18, 2018 07:00:00
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