CLARK FREEPORT -- Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade assured that the PNR Clark Phase 1 and other railway projects will be completed by 2022.
Tugade said the riding public will get to experience new major train projects, as well as improvements on existing ones before the term of President Rodrigo Duterte ends.
The Department of Transportation (DOTr) chief said various railway projects seen to ease Metro Manila's traffic congestion would be partially operable before end of 2022.
The train systems include the Metro Manila Subway, LRT-1 Cavite Extension, PNR Clark Phase 1, and MRT-7.
The DOTr aims to expand railway infrastructure throughout the country to 1,900 kilometers from the current 77 kilometers in operation under the "Build, Build, Build" program.
The agency plans to bolster the country's fleet of operational train cars by more than five times by the end of the Duterte administration.
The projects are expected to boost connectivity and enable better and faster services across all rail networks nationwide.
The Clark railway, once completed, will connect New Clark City in Capas Tarlac and Clark International Airport to Metro Manila.
Businessman Rene Romero, president of the Pampanga Chamber of Commerce and Industry PamCham, earlier lauded Tugade for implementing various infrastructure programs including the Clark airport and the Malolos Clark railway system.