Eight years after it was closed down, the San Pablo, Laguna to Lucena, Quezon route of the Philippine National Railways (PNR) will run once again. 

According to Department of Transportation (DOTr) Secretary Art Tugade, they’re planning to kick-start the operations of the route in the first half of this year, specifically May. 

Photo from DOTr

Tugade notes that once activated, the route will connect PNR to the Bicol network, which will “unlock economic potentials and enhance mobility in Southern Luzon.”

“The soon-to-be-reopened San Pablo-Candelaria-Lucena route will testify to our goal of operating the Bicol Express. This route will be greatly beneficial for Laguna and Quezon in the immediate term,” he said after inspecting the line last February 14.

Photo from Transportation Secretary Art Tugade’s Official Facebook Page

Tugade said the reopening of the track will also improve travel between Laguna and Quezon, specifically for commuters. 

“Sa nakatakdang muling pagbubukas nito, layon nito na magkaroon tayo ng mas improved connectivity and mobility papunta at paalis ‘ho sa mga probinsya ng Quezon Province at Laguna,” he wrote in a Facebook post. 

Once operational, the 44-kilometer stretch will shorten travel time between San Pablo and Lucena to only 32 minutes. 

“Sa pamamagitan ng proyektong ito, nasa isa’t kalahating oras na lamang ang magiging biyahe mula San Pablo papuntang Lucena,” Tugade shared. 

The line will have two terminal stations and four flag stops in between. 

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Image credit: Aldio Yudha Trisandy via Wikipedia