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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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Andrew Tan's Alliance Global Eyes Monorail Linking Santolan MRT-3 to Eastwood City

It will be the billionaire's second proposed monorail project after first one connecting Guadalupe to Uptown Bonifacio in BGC

Infracorp Development Inc., the infrastructure arm of Andrew Tan’s Alliance Global Group Inc. (AGI), disclosed it is planning to build a second monorail that would connect Eastwood City in Libis area in Quezon City to the MRT-3’s Santolan station at the corner ...

by Pauline Macaraeg  | September 19, 2018 12:00:00
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Will PUVs Soon Be Exempt from Number Coding Scheme in Metro Manila?

DOTr reveals policy shift provided private sector support carpooling and use of public transport

Government authorities in charge of transport and road traffic policies in Metro Manila are now open to the idea of conditionally exempting public utility vehicles (PUVs) from the Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA)’s number coding scheme, the Department of Transportation said in ...

by Elyssa Christine Lopez  | September 17, 2018 05:00:00
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How Much Will Megawide Corp Earn From PH's First Modern Bus Terminal?

The company behind the country's only resort airport is about to complete the PITX

Megawide Construction Corp. expects additional revenues of Php717.2 million next year from another of its major public-private partnership (PPP) projects--the Parañaque Integrated Transport Exchange (PITx), which is expected to be inaugurated soon.Megawide is a major investor in the country’s first “resort” airport—the ...

by Pauline Macaraeg  | September 03, 2018 07:00:00
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Indonesia's Go-Jek Seeks Provisional Permit and Forms Firm in PH, Says LTFRB Official

Transport regulator warns the Southeast Asian unicorn could wipe out local ride-hailing companies

Go-Jek, Indonesia’s first unicorn and leading ride-hailing and technology company, is seeking a permit to operate in the Philippines after incorporating a domestic affiliate, according to an official of the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB).Speaking during a congressional hearing on ...

by Pauline Macaraeg  | August 30, 2018 07:00:00
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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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US Ride-Hailing Firms Turn to E-Bikes, Scooters for Shorter Journeys. Is This Possible in PH?

Like Lyft, Uber is opening up its app to be used for riding electronic bikes or scooters

Amid preparations for its highly anticipated IPO, Uber is planning to offer electric bicycles and scooters as alternative transportation modes particularly for shorter trips, CEO Dara Khosrowshahi said in an interview with the Financial Times.Khosrowshahi admitted that they earn less with bike ...

by Pauline Macaraeg  | August 28, 2018 02:00:00
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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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(Infographic) Is LTFRB to Blame for What Grab PH Calls a Ride-Hailing Vehicle Supply Crisis?

The TNVS shortage has reached crisis proportions that Grab says is bound to get worse

If you want to understand why Metro Manila residents are having such a hard time booking rides with Grab in recent months, a quick and easy way is to take a look at the graph in this page on the ride-hailing company’s ...

by Pauline Macaraeg  | August 20, 2018 04:00:00
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Manila Taxis May Soon Charge Higher Fares That Match Ride-Hailing Apps' Tariffs. Will Better Service Follow Suit?

LTFRB starts re-calibrating meters of taxis in Metro Manila to reflect fare hikes approved in 2017

After a delay lasting all of seven months, the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) finally started re-calibrating meters of taxicabs operating in Metro Manila on July 31 to reflect higher fares approved way back in November 2017.  The process was ...

by Elyssa Christine Lopez  | August 03, 2018 06:00:00
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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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Why You Can't Get a Taxi or Car Using the New Ride-Hailing Apps in Metro Manila

Micab's founder rails against what he calls Grab's unfair competitive actions that ultimately hurt consumers

Eddie Ybañez is the co-founder and CEO of taxi-hailing app MicabWhen you try to book a cab or a private car through one of the new transportation network companies (TNC) granted approval to operate in Metro Manila recently, and have trouble getting ...

by Eddie Ybañez  | July 26, 2018 10:00:00
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