Department of Transportation Secretary Art Tugade has expressed confidence over the actualization of projects under the current administration, particularly infrastructures for improving public travel in the country. 

After a routine inspection at the PNR Clark Phase 1 project site on Monday (June 14), Tugade shared his agency’s mission to turn these projects into reality. He assured that DOTr’s commitment to these infrastructure plans is as strong as it was when they first began building them. 

“We might be nearing the end of our terms, but you will see that we continue to work towards building what was previously just a feasibility study for the previous administration,” he said in a report from Business Mirror

According to Tugade, the PNR Clark Phase 1 is progressing smoothly. He mentions that they’re in the process of constructing a train simulator and training center for the line, which will ensure that the management and the operation of the rail transit line will be up to standards.

“The simulator and training center that we are building for this project will be delivered before the fourth quarter of the year. If you sum it all up, this will be a testament that the dream is now turning into reality,” he explained. 

Apart from this, trains for the upcoming line will be arriving this December

The PNR Clark Phase 1 project is now 45.82 percent complete. Once accomplished, the line will span 38 kilometers and will run from Tutuban Station in Manila, through the cities of Caloocan, Valenzuela, and the municipalities of Meycuayan, Marilao, Bocaue, Balagtas, Guiguinto, and will end in Malolos City, Bulacan.

The train line is expected to serve 300,000 passengers every day and will reduce travel time between Malolos City and Tutuban from the usual one hour and 30 minutes to only 35 minutes – once fully operational.

The project is part of a larger rail plan called the North-South Commuter Railway (NSCR), which is divided into three separate phases: PNR Clark Phase 1, PNR Clark Phase 2, and the PNR Calamba Railway Project.

It plans to connect New Clark City in Capas, Tarlac to Calamba, Laguna through 37 stations and will be 148 kilometers long. 

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