PNR eyes partial operability of Manila-Bulacan line by Q4 2021
By Billy Begas
The Department of Transportation (DOTr) said that two segments of the North-South Commuter Railway (NSCR) project is on track for completion.
In a statement issued on Monday, the DOTR said that NSCR’s Philippine National Railway Clark Phase 1, which runs from Tutuban, Manila to Malolos, Bulacan, has an over-all progress rate of 43% and a construction phase rate of 11.78% as of January 31, 2021.
“Partially operable na po ito by the fourth quarter of 2021 and full operations in the second quarter of 2024,” said PNR General Manager Junn Magno.
When completed the travel time from Tutuban to Malolos will only be 35 minutes.
Meanwhile, PNR Clark Phase 2, which will stretch from Malolos, Bulacan to Clark, Pampanga, has five civil works contract packages signed.
The project has an over-all progress rate standing at 27.79% as of January 31, 2021.
Once completed, travel time between Bulacan and Pampanga will be slashed from the current 1 hour and 30 minutes to just 35 minutes.
The PNR Clark Phase 2 includes the country’s first airport express service. The travel time from Makati City to Clark, Pampanga will only be around 55 minutes.
The 54-kilometer second segment of the NSCR will be partially operational by the second quarter of 2023, while the full operation is targeted by the third quarter of 2024. The segment aims to accommodate 150,000 passengers per day.
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