The “full-blast construction” of Philippine National Railway (PNR) Clark Phase 1 or the North–South Commuter Railway Project (Malolos – Tutuban) will commence on February 15, the Department of Transportation (DOTr) said.
“Tiyak na mas magiging mabilis at maginhawa na ang biyahe mula at patungong Bulacan dahil ang kasalukuyang travel time na 1.5 oras, magiging 35 minuto na lang,” the DOTr said. “Kapag naging operational na ang PNR Clark Phase 1 sa 2021, inaasahang nasa 340,000 pasahero ang kaya nitong serbisyuhan araw-araw.”
Stations for Phase 1 include Tutuban, Solis, Caloocan, Valenzuela, Meycauayan, Marilao, Bocaue, Balagtas, Guiguinto, and Malolos.
The project is financed through Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) Official Development Assistance (ODA) load signed in November 2015.
“Special Terms for Economic Partnership (STEP) will be applied to this project, and it is expected that Japanese technology such as construction techniques for elevated railways, efficient signal systems and rolling stock will be utilized,” JICA said.
PNR Clark Phase 1 will be connected to Phase 2 which will extend the line to Clark in Pampanga. It will also be connected to PNR Calamba line which will extend the line to Calamba.
PNR Calamba and PNR Clark Phase 2 will be finance through JICA and Asian Development Bank (ADB) packages. JICA and the Philippine government signed the first tranche of loan agreement for PNR Calamba and PNR Clark Phase 2 January 2019.