The Philippine National Railways’ (PNR) Tutuban-Malolos railway extension is inching closer to being operational, according to the Department of Transportation’s (DOTr) Secretary Arthur Tugade. 

The railway line, which is also known as the PNR Clark Phase I Project, is now 45.82% complete and is expected to be finished on schedule after Tugade ordered the hastening of its construction early in March. 

During a routine inspection of the transit line’s current building progress, Tugade said the project has been in planning for three decades and is now close to being completed thanks to the current administration. 

“This is very historical project because there were four attempts to build it since 1993 and only now did we have the actual construction for the first time,” he said.

“It’s all talks of groundbreaking, no construction work.” the transportation secretary added.

In addition to a progress report, Tugade also mentioned that the trains for the rail line will be arriving in December. 

“Now, we’re really building and the trains will be delivered soon,” he shared. 

The line is scheduled to commence partial operations in the fourth quarter of 2021.

Once completed, the PNR Clark Phase I will span a total of 38 kilometers. This new section will boast 10 new stations starting from Tutuban in Manila to Malolos in Bulacan. 

It’s expected to cut travel time between Manila and Bulacan to just 30 minutes, a significant jump from the usual 1 hour and 30-minute trip.

When fully operational, the rail segment will be able to accommodate 330,000 passengers daily. It’s also projected to reduce traffic congestion significantly. 

Take a look at what’s happening with the construction of the PNR Clark Phase I project below.

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Image credit: Department of Transportation (DOTr)