MARILAO, Bulacan -- The Department of Transportation (DOTr) marked its first station in Bulacan at SM City Marilao on Monday, June 26.
The Philippine National Railway (PNR) North Marilao station is one of the stations of the 106-kilometer Manila-Clark Railway Project under President Rodrigo Duterte’s “Build Build Build” infrastructure program.
“For the first time, a rail project will connect Manila to Central Luzon,” said DOTr Secretary Arthur Tugade, adding that the agency hopes to finish the project under Duterte's term.
The entire rail line will have 13 train sets with eight cars or coaches per train set. Each train can reach a maximum speed of 120 kilometers per hour. The rail line will also have a total of 17 stations that will run from Tutuban passing through Marilao and Malolos and all the way to the Clark International Airport and the proposed New Clark City in Pampanga.
Apart from significantly reducing the two to three hours travel time from Manila to Clark to just 55 minutes, the rail project is seen to decongest Metro Manila and spur development in the peripheries of Metro Manila.
“This project will ease traffic congestion and help thousands of commuters coming from Bulacan and Pampanga to travel daily to their workplaces or schools in Manila,” said PNR general manager Junn Magno.
Construction will begin in the last quarter of 2017 with target completion in 2021. The project will cost P255 billion and will be funded through Official Development Assistance from Japan.
On its first year of operations, an estimated 350,000 passengers daily will benefit from the Manila-Clark Railway Project. (PR)