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New bridge linking Makati, Mandaluyong opened to motorists

As an answer to grueling problems associated to heavy traffic volume, a new bridge connecting two business-oriented cities Makati and Mandaluyong was opened to motorists.

Spanning 676 meters, the Estrella-Pantaleon Bridge is a success story added to the projects completed by the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH).

The formal inauguration of the bridge was attended by Vice President Jejomar Binay, DPWH Secretary Rogelio Singson, Austrian Ambassador Wilhelm Donko, Makati mayor Jejomar Erwin Binay Jr. and Mandaluyong mayor Benhur Abalos.

DPWH allotted P303.655 million for the concrete and modular steel bridge. The Austrian government helped on supplying modular steel component.

[via Inquirer ]

LRTA holds 2-day LRT/MRT fare hike public consultation starting Friday

The Light Rail Transit Authority will have a two-day public consultation regarding the fare hikes for the two LRT lines and the Metro Rail Transit (MRT-3) in Pasig City this Friday for students and Saturday for multi-sectoral groups.

Following the 9 a.m. registration, the public consultation will be held at LRT 2 Depot Cafeteria, Marcos Highway, Santolan, Pasig City at 9:30 a.m.

The LRTA website posted an invitation for anyone who is interested in voicing out his opinion about the LRT and MRT fare hike.

The public consultation is in line with the provisional fare increase for LRT and MRT that was approved by the Department of Transportation and Communications last January 11.

[via GMA ]

Ferrari hits Ortigas center island, driver missing

A car made a great impact as it hit the center island along Ortigas, Pasig City early this morning. The catch here is this: the driver is nowhere to be found.

The vehicle was a Ferrari with plate number XRJ-372N. It is assumed that the driver left the vehicle on the scene affecting the traffic within the area.

Later on, the driver was identified as Vincent Escobar. He claimed to be a nephew of a general but he refused to give a name.

Motorists who are bound to get close to Ortigas center island are advised to take alternate routes.


P8 jeepney fare approved; hike starts Wednesday

The Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) approved the hike from the minimum jeepney fare P7 to P8. The increase will be implemented starting Wednesday. The P1.25 rate for every succeeding kilometer will remain.

A provisional increase of P1 is also approved for provincial fares.

The jeepney fare hike is an answer to the rising prices of basic commodities and maintenance costs.

Since the jeepney fare hike is provisional, it may be revoked once the oil prices drop.

In July 2008, the provisional increase approved by LTFRB was P8.50. Due to the rollback of fuel prices, the rate became P7 in February 2009.


After Commonwealth Ave, MMDA targets new traffic scheme for Roxas Blvd

Without a doubt, the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) is taking serious moves concerning the implementation of stricter traffic rules not just to ensure the safety of motorists but also to truly develop the metro.

First hit was Commonwealth Avenue (also known as “killer highway”) with a 60-kph speed limit and a lane segregation scheme.

Now, MMDA sets its sights on Roxas Boulevard.

No details yet have been released but options are already on the table for MMDA now that they have learned lessons from the Commonwealth Ave. scheme.

MMDA will still evaluate their plans on Roxas Boulevard which covers 11 kilometers connecting Intramuros, Manila to Parañaque City.


MMDA shuns suggestions to raise Commonwealth Ave 60-kph speed limit

The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority has been receiving suggestions for the past two days since the implementation of the 60-kph speed limit along the 12.4-km Commonwealth Avenue in Quezon City. Despite of the calls to increase the limit, MMDA is firm on the new traffic rule.

MMDA chairman Francis Tolentino mentioned that the 60-kph limit is one of the ways to diminish the number of fatalities and road accidents along the avenue that had been referred to as a “killer highway” because of the great number of recent casualties along the area.

Lane assignment system has also been ruled out to reduce traffic jams. Buses should take the two rightmost lanes, jeeps and motorcycles on the next two lanes, the other lanes for the private vehicles, and the leftmost lane for the vehicles which are taking a U-turn.


Bus explosion in Makati caused 2 people dead, 17 other injured

UPDATE: According to TV reports, 4 people (1 woman, 3 men) are reported to be dead, and 14 other injured.

I was on my way home when a bus exploded along Epifanio delos Santos Avenue (EDSA) just before 2 p.m. this afternoon in Makati City causing at least two people to be killed and 17 people to be injured.

Makati Police chief Senior Supt. Froilan Bonifacio immediately attended to the scene and reported that two people were killed during the blast that happened inside a “Newman” air-conditioned bus with plate number TXJ-710.

The bus explosion occurred close to the corner of EDSA and Buendia Avenue and just near the Metro Rail Transit (MRT) Buendia station.

Makati Mayor Jejomar Erwin Binay, Jr. said that the probable explosive used was a bomb. Former Makati City mayor, Vice President Jejomar Binay was also spotted to have rushed to the scene.

It is yet to be known what the type of explosive used was. The Makati police are currently investigating the bus explosion.

LTFRB cancels bus franchise of De la Fuente’s firm, 2 others due to November bus strike

Domino effect:

(a) Congestion of heavy traffic on major thoroughfares especially on EDSA.

-> (b) In response, the implementation of the odd-even number-coding scheme.

-> -> (c) Bus operators protested the inclusion of buses in the new scheme.

-> -> -> (d) On November 15, 2010, a metro-wide bus strike paralyzed the commuters and caused them to be stranded for hours.

-> -> -> -> (e) As a repercussion, the Land Transportation Franchise and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) canceled the franchise of bus companies who participated in the transport strike.

First on the list of LTFRB’s wrath is the Philippine Corinthian Liner Corp. (107 operating bus), which is owned by singer Claire de la Fuente. Its certificate of public convenience and necessity (CPCN) was canceled.

The other participating bus companies ES Transport (10 units) and Bovjen Transportation Services (16 units) had their franchise suspended for three and six months respectively.

[via Inquirer]

MRT faulty operation causes passengers to walk along railway, 6 hurt

Who would have thought that a commotion will happen along the very railings of the Metro Rail Transit (MRT) that will force passengers to alight from the coaches and walk to the nearest station for safety?

After leaving the Arareta Center-Cubao station, the pilot of MRT train #14 decided to stop the train at around 9:52 a.m. when smokes came beneath the coach due to the locked up brake system of the train. The passengers panicked when the pilot checked the smoke. They were let out and had to walk along the railway and exit at the Santolan-Anapolis station.

Six passengers were hurt and had to be hold for two hours in the ticketing station.

Two days ago, an escalator at the Ayala station of MRT stopped abruptly due to a fault roller. The incident caused some of the people riding the escalator lose their balance as nine were injured.

MRT has been operating since 11 years. Trains have a 25-year lifespan, but it seems the fare hike for MRT and LRT (Light Rail Transit) is truly reasonable for improvement of maintenance and facilities.

[via Inquirer]

Quick Fix: Easy Ways to Save Fuel While Driving

You can’t stop oil prices from going up but you can still save money spent on fuel by maximizing the car’s fuel efficiency.

Start driving right away. Don’t wait, don’t idle the car. Save fuel by driving right away once the engine starts.

Turn off the car only when needed. More fuel is consumed when starting a car vs. keeping it running. If you are stopping for just a short time, it may be better NOT to turn off the car. 

Switch the ignition off when stuck in heavy traffic. If you’re stuck anyway, it makes sense to turn off the car. With this, you prevent unnecessary utilization of fuel.

Let us be responsible on minimizing our fuel consumption as much as possible.