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NLEx harbor link project up for completion

FINISHED THIS YEAR The NLEx Harbor Link Segment 10, which will ease travel from the Manila port to North Luzon Expressway, is expected to be finished this year. —EDWIN BACASMAS

Motorists coming from Manila Port to the North Luzon Expressway (NLEx) may soon expect travel time to take only 10 minutes via the NLEx Harbor Link Segment 10. “Once completed, this will ease traffic, travel time will become faster … . This is our first salvo against congestion for this year,” Public Works Secretary Mark […]

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The 5 vaguest traffic violations, and why you must question them no end


If you’ve been driving in the streets of Metro Manila for some time, you’ve probably been apprehended at least once for any or a combination of these violations: “Overspeeding” or “speeding,” “swerving,” “abrupt lane change,” and “reckless driving.” And you’ve most likely paid dearly for that when you retrieve your confiscated license. But a legal […]

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Regalado Avenue partly closed due to MRT-7 construction


Beginning on Monday, April 17, motorists taking Regalado Avenue in Quezon City will have to take alternate routes to reach their destination as construction starts on the first phase of the Metro Rail Transit 7. The Department of Transportation said in a recent advisory that because of the construction, one lane of Regalado Avenue would […]

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MMDA files raps vs QC village chairs found ‘negligent’ vs illegal parking

BOODLE BONDING Newly appointed Metropolitan Manila Development Authority Chair Thomas Orbos gets to know his men during a boodle fight at the agency’s Makati City headquarters. MARIANNE BERMUDEZ

The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) filed administrative cases against two Quezon City village chiefs for  failing to keep their streets free of illegally parked vehicles and other obstructions, thus wasting the agency’s earlier efforts to ease traffic flow. Barangay chair Antonio Ma. Benito Calma Jr. and Clarito de Jesus, of Barangays Don Manuel and […]

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QC cop mauls motorist as peers watch

A Quezon City policeman who used to lead his station’s antidrug unit found himself in hot water for allegedly mauling and illegally detaining a motorist after a road altercation. Chief Insp. Melvin Madrona, who until recently was the chief supervisor of the Station Drug Enforcement Team of the Quezon City Police District’s Fairview station, faces […]

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MMDA in talks to open Roxas Boulevard access road


The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) has started discussions with commercial establishments that will be affected by its initiative to let all motorists use the access road on Roxas Boulevard to ease congestion in the area. MMDA officer in charge and general manager Tim Orbos said that with the service road open to all vehicles, […]

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SMEs seen left out of vehicle program


Months after they made their call to be part of the supply chain of the CARS program, small- and medium-sized parts makers have yet to be informed if they would be part of the government-initiated project at all, said a top official of the Parts Makers Association Inc. (PPMA). Under the government’s P27-billion Comprehensive Automobile […]

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MMDA to regulate car window tints


The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) is considering regulating the window tint of private cars not only to weed out “colorum” vehicles but also to encourage ride-sharing. The regulation may be rolled out as early as June once the MMDA, the Land Transportation Office, and Philippine National Police’s Highway Patrol Group (PNP-HPG) agree on the […]

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10 ways to squeeze out of traffic

Traffic congestion along Edsa —INQUIRER PHOTO/RICHARD A. REYES

In 1986, when Cory Aquino became President of a newly restored Philippine democracy, there were perhaps more people amassed on Edsa for that historic bloodless revolution than the 1.8 million motor vehicles registered in the country.

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Business wants common train station project fast-tracked

The planned MRT-LRT common station at north Edsa (Photo from the Department of Transportation)

Thirteen influential foreign and local business groups in the country have urged the government to fast-track completion of the common train station that would link three major rail commuter lines in the metropolis, a much-awaited transport infrastructure that was being derailed by prolonged discussions in Congress. After feuding parties have struck a compromise deal on […]

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Apr 26, 2017

Here are some easy and practical tips to keep motoring free and easy as the summer heat continues to