Saturday, April 12, 2014

Government admits #publictransit inadequate, declines invitation to ride

Palace exec apologizes for chiding commuters - Manila Standard Today: "“We apologize and ask for understanding from our countrymen for the sacrifices they bear everyday. While waiting for the new MRT-3 coaches, the government will continue to look for measures to ease this problem,” Coloma said.

Coloma, however, was lukewarm to suggestions that Aquino and his Cabinet officials ride the MRT-3 to experience for themselves the inconvenience suffered by ordinary passengers everyday.

“There have also been times that we take public transportation. We do not ride private vehicles all the time,” he said.

“We understand their plight just looking at the capacity of the MRT-3 coaches and the ridership. You can immediately see that the capacity is insufficient,” Coloma added."

Saturday, April 5, 2014

Free buses desperately needed in Manila

Makati City Hall to LTFRB: don't suspend free bus service for workers - "The city government has been fielding several buses to transport passengers from the Metro Rail System (MRT) North Avenue station in Quezon City to Ayala Avenue, amid spreading unrest over the misery of MRT commuters owing to frequent breakdowns of the overloaded system.  For weeks now, workers who used to take MRT to reach offices early have had to brave long queues just to get to the ticket windows or turnstiles, extending the usual travel time by twice over, or more.

On Thursday, however, the LTFRB told Makati City Hall to secure the required special permit to continue offering the free bus service."

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Makati expands free transport

Manila Standard Today: "The Makati City government will purchase four more buses to provide free shuttle to commuters from Quezon City to report for work in Makati City.

Mayor Jejomar Erwin Binay said the service was launched last March 27.

“Our present fleet of vehicles could only accommodate up to 250 passengers per trip, and the overwhelming response of the public to our program in its initial run has prompted our decision to add more buses, so that more citizens would benefit,” he said."

Saturday, March 15, 2014

Private auto gets unfair share of the road

Tony Oposa : "The case is focused on the premise that only a small percentage of Filipinos (less than 1/8 of the population) can afford to own a private vehicle, yet the space they can occupy on the road is larger than that given to the majority who are bikers and commuters."

Thursday, February 27, 2014

The use of road space is undemocratic

Alabado: Street revolution | Sun.Star: "Local executives and traffic managers have always turned a blind eye on the issue of modern modes and systems of public transportation. They have always been very lenient on the private vehicles but very strict on public transportation. Case in point – look at the on-street parking that our local government allows on many streets. The designated loading and unloading bays of the jeepneys are but a few and limited but on-street parking is allowed the whole day round. A jeepney transports at least 10 people and a car normally transports only two so why should private vehicle be it cars or motorcycles be allowed to occupy one or two lane exclusively thus further restricting the flow of traffic in the downtown area?"

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Share the Road Movement

Share the Road Movement: "“We need to recognize that urban transport is primarily about people, not motor vehicles; therefore, we need an urban transport policy which does not privilege the minority who use motor vehicles, but rather, provides accessibility for all.”
Prof. Madhav Badami"

Sunday, February 23, 2014

Petition filed to give half of PH roads to commuters

Eco-Business : "On the first day of construction of new major road projects in Metro Manila, citizens walked to the Supreme Court protesting traffic, alarming levels of air pollution, and inefficient public transport.

They demanded not for more roads but for roads to be divided in half: one half for motor vehicles and the other half for efficient forms of public transport like covered walkways, bike lanes, bus rapid transit, and trains. (READ: Commuters to gov’t: Limit cars to half of the road)"