The Department of Transportation (DOTr) has inaugurated the country’s first-ever eight-car Electric Multiple Unit (EMU) which will be used in the Clark Phase 1 operation of the Philippine National Railways (PNR) under the railway north-south commuter (NSCR) project.
Clark PNR Phase 1 covers Tutuban Station in Manila and Malolos Station in Bulacan.
DOTr Sec. Art Tugade said the eight-car train is 160 meters long and has an operational speed of 120 kilometers per hour. It should serve more than 2,228 passengers per train.
It arrived at the port of Manila in November 2021 and was delivered to the Malanday depot in Valenzuela the following month.
Tugade said more trainsets are expected to arrive as he already signed a contract for 304 additional carriages on March 18 as part of the national government’s efforts to improve the mass transport system under the PNR.
“To the Philippines and the Filipino people, now you see the project – pray it’s over, be glad it’s started, and I’m telling you, President Duterte and his Build, Build, Build team will go to the end to ensure that the projects are completed for the comfort and convenience of the Filipino people,” Tugade said.
Once the PNR Clark Phase 1 is operational, it is expected to reduce the travel time from Tutuban to Malolos to just 35 minutes from the current time and 30 minutes.
More or less 300,000 people should be served by the train project.
In his speech at the unveiling of the train, Tugade said the intention of the project is to have long-term comfort and convenience for our people in partnership with the Japanese government.
“Today is part of this continued commitment by the Japanese government through Ambassador Koshikawa (Kazuhiko) to declare, demonstrate and affirm with the people of the Philippines the Japanese government’s commitments to this desire to have a stronger relationship and firmer between these two sovereigns,” Tugade said. in his speech.
“Despite a difficult pandemic situation, significant milestones in transportation projects have been achieved one after another, we attribute this to the strong leadership and determination of Secretary Tugade and I would like to express my deepest gratitude to the Secretary. The Japanese government is committed to continue supporting the success of the NSCR and all other railway projects here in the Philippines,” Kazuhiko said for his part.
The NSCR comprises three segments: PNR Clark Phase 1 (Tutuban – Malolos) – a 38 kilometer rail line that will connect Tutuban, Manila, to Malolos, Bulacan; the PNR Clark Phase 2 (Malolos-Clark), a 53 kilometer stretch of railway line which will reduce travel time from Malolos City, Bulacan to Clark, Pampanga from two hours to just 30-35 minutes; and the PNR Calamba (Solis-Calamba), which is a 56 kilometer train line, is the southern line that will connect Metro Manila (Solis Street, Tondo) and Calamba, Laguna, which will speed up the travel time to one hour, from the current four hours.
Phase 2 of PNR Clark will also include the first-ever Airport Railway Express service which will connect Makati City to Clark International Airport, from the current 2-3 hour journey time to just 55 minutes.
The NSCR project is a 147 km railway transport route, comprising 37 stations and 464 wagons. It spans 28 cities and towns in the three regions of Central Luzon, the National Capital Region and CALABARZON, and is expected to serve over one million passengers daily when fully operational.
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