The Department of Transportation (DOTr) has began construction on the Philippine National Railways (PNR) system, which will run from Tutuban Station in Manila to Malolos City, Bulacan.
DOTr’s Arthur Tugade, together with Japanese Ambassador Koji Haneda and Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) chief representative Yoshio Wada, spearheaded the groundbreaking ceremony.
The Tutuban-Malolos project has been one of the priority initiatives of the current administration. It is projected to have a total of 10 stations: Tutuban, Solis, Caloocan Valenzuela, Meycauayan, Marilao, Bocaue, Balagtas, Guiguinto, and Malolos.
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The 38 kilometer-long mass railway transportation system reportedly costs an estimated PHP149 billion. JICA contributed PHP93 billion out of the total cost.
The PNR is scheduled to be completed by 2021, and will be fully operational by 2022.
Once done, the railway is expected to cut the travel time by more than half. The regular commute from Metro Manila to Bulacan by car is one hour and 30 minutes. The PNR will be able to transport passengers from one end to the other in 35 minutes.
The 10-station railway will be able to serve an estimate of over 300,000 commuters on a daily basis by 2022, and a total of 550,000 riders by 2023.
The Tutuban-Malolos line is part of the railway project that will run all the way to the Clark International Airport in Pampanga.
With the use of Japanese technology, the new railway is expected to be at par with global standards. Authorities have high hopes that the project will ultimately improve the traditional railway systems of the Philippines. That and also alleviate the traffic in the country.
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