Friday, June 24, 2016

Pasig City launches free bus service at Ortigas Center

Inquirer News: "MANILA — The local government of Pasig City launched on Wednesday (June 22) a P3.3-million bus service that will ferry the public for free within the Ortigas Center in an effort to not only reduce the volume of cars plying the route but also ensure a much cleaner air in the business district.

Mayor Maribel Eusebio, who led the launch, said that a study of the Pasig City Land Use and Transport has identified the low level of efficiency of the public transportation passing through Ortigas Center as among the problems that the city government must address immediately."

Saturday, June 11, 2016

Solar bus gives free rides

Sun.Star : "GREEN bus passengers will be ferried for free around the City.
Designated stops for the newly launched solar bus are Igorot Park – Harrison Road – BCNHS - BGH Rotunda – Kisad Road – Children’s Park/ Athletic Bowl – Harisson Road – Magsaysay Avenue – Bonifacio Road – SLU Rotunda.
The route is designed to go in and around Baguio’s central business district with designated pick-up and drop-off points."

Saturday, April 16, 2016

Elites love BRT, but real solution is Free Public Transport

rappler.com : "At the Rappler senatorial debate on Friday, April 15, the candidates highlighted the need to improve public transportation, with two bets – Valenzuela Representative Sherwin Gatchalian and former Akbayan party list representative Walden Bello – specifically citing the bus rapid transit (BRT) system."
BRT is a favorite right now, because it is cheaper than MRT. But the 2 percent who own cars take up 45 percent of the road. A more dramatic fix is needed. That fix is fare-free buses... and lots of them.

Monday, March 28, 2016

Filipino commuters suffer in a system that favors cars

rappler : "Rush hour or not, EDSA seems perpetually stuck in a state of congestion. Cars crawl along the 23.9-km highway and easily spend at least an hour in non-moving traffic. Commuters spill out onto the streets, fighting each other for standing-room space in crowded buses. Overhead, one of the metro’s train lines chug along dilapidated rails, carrying twice its maximum capacity. It’s considered a good day for commuters if the train doesn’t suffer yet another technical glitch."

Friday, March 4, 2016

Road-sharing campaign comes to ‘killer highway’ this Sunday

Inquirer News : "Citing the success of the “Bayanihan sa Daan” road-sharing event held on Roxas Boulevard last month, the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) will do a repeat on Sunday, this time on Commonwealth Avenue.

The agency on Thursday said the March 6 activity would cover the northbound lanes of Commonwealth, from Philcoa to Sandiganbayan in Quezon City."

Friday, November 20, 2015

Challenge for Cebu: Switching to public from private transport

Cebu Daily News: "National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) regional director Efren Carreon said that a mass transportation system is “very much needed” in the city.

“This will save road space, and more people can be accommodated,” he said. The use of a public transport system will hopefully get more private cars off the road."

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Philippines hit by slow-moving storm, heavy flooding

The New York Times: "Floodwaters brought on by heavy rains from Typhoon Koppu in the Philippine city of Baguio, north of Manila. Credit Harley Palangchao/Reuters"