Manila to Bulacan rail to be built using Japanese technologies, expertise

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The North-South Railway Project (Malolos-Tutuban), also referred as PNR Clark Phase 1, will built not only using Japanese Official Development Assistance (ODA) loan but also Japanese technologies and expertise from years of railway experience.

“This project aims to address the rising population and demand for transportation in Metro Manila. Japan has assisted the Philippines to implement this project by providing the Philippines with ODA loan amounting to 242 billion yen (115 billion pesos) as well as utilizing Japanese technologies and expertise from years of railway experience,” the Japanese Embassy in Manila said.

Japanese Ambassador Koji Haneda said, during the groundbreaking ceremony in Malolos City, “Japan takes pride in our close partnership with the Philippines in keeping the “Build, Build, Build” program in motion and at the same time realizing an efficient transportation network that Filipinos can rely on.”

PNR Clark Phase 1 will have a total of ten (10) stations, namely, Tutuban, Solis, Caloocan, Valenzuela, Meycauayan, Marilao, Bocaue, Balagtas, Guiguinto, and Malolos station; and will house a depot at a 14-hectare lot in Valenzuela City.

It will have 13 train sets, composed of 8 cars each, which will be running at a maximum speed of 120 kilometers per hour.

Once completed, this project will reduce travel time between Manila and Bulacan from one (1) hour and 45 minutes to just 35 minutes, serving approximately over 300,000 passengers daily. 

PNR Clark Phase 1 will be seamlessly connected with the PNR Clark Phase 2 (Malolos-Clark) and PNR Calamba, forming one integrated commuter railway system that will serve commuters traveling to, from, and within NCR, Region III, and Region IV-A.