PHL sourcing trains for Tutuban-Malolos rail from Japan

The Philippines will be sourcing the train cars for the 37.6-kilometer PNR Clark Phase 1 (Tutuban-Malolos). In line with this, the Department of Transportation (DOTr) and Japanese joint venture Japan Transport Engineering Company (J-Trec)-Sumitomo Corporation (SC) signed a contract today, July 16.

The contract signed is the PNR Clark Phase 1 Contract Package 3 which covers the manufacturing and delivery of 104 train cars which will form 13 commuter train sets with 8 train cars. Each train set has the capacity of 2200 passengers.

J-Trec President Takao Nishiyama said during the signing ceremony at Clark Marriott Hotel that his company has the largest market share of passenger rail car manufacturing in Japan. J-Trec supplied rolling stocks (Sustina) for East Japan Railway and Bangkok Metro Purple Line.

“Contract Package 1, which was signed on 20 May 2019 and is now on full swing, covers the construction of six stations (Solis, Caloocan, Valenzuela, Meycauayan, Marilao, Bocaue) and a depot. Contract Package 2, signed on 23 January 2019 and is on full-blast construction as well, consists of the construction of three stations (Balagtas, Guiguinto, Malolos),” DOTr said.

PNR Clark Phase 1 is eyed to partially operate fourth quarter of 2021. “Once PNR Clark Phase 1 is completed and fully operable by 2022, travel time from Manila to Bulacan will be reduced from one (1) hour and 30 minutes to just 35 minutes,” DOTr said.

PNR Clark Phase 1 will be connected to Phase 2 which will extend the line to Clark. It will also be connected to PNR Calamba line which will extend the line to Calamba, Laguna.

These three projects form the North-South Commuter Railway (NSCR) covering Clark International Airport to Calamba, Laguna.