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Title: North-South Commuter Railway Project [NSCR] (Southbound)
Post by: adroth on September 28, 2018, 04:57:25 PM
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Philippine National Railways (
North-South Commuter Railway [NSCR] (Northbound) (
Bicol Express (

Stations south of Tutuban

Los Baños (
College (Junction) (
Lucena City


The NSRP South Line, sponsored by the DOTC and PNR, is a keystone transport project of the GOP under its Public-Private Partnership (“PPP”) Program launched by President Benigno C. Aquino III in November 2010.

-> The NSRP South Line is part of the GOP’s efforts to promote inclusive growth. The Project aims to revive and improve the existing railway to provide enhanced passenger transport services to currently underserved areas in southern Luzon and encourage more productive activities.

-> PNR currently operates a 56 km commuter line from Tutuban to Calamba. PNR briefly suspended its commuter line service so that PNR could conduct a safety audit and inspection of the line, but has since resumed operations of the commuter line as of July 23, 2015. PNR also operates a 35 km commuter line from Naga to Sipocot with four trips daily. PNR used to offer train services to Legazpi, Albay, but operations have been suspended since October 2012 as a result of train derailment in Sariaya, Quezon caused by typhoon damage to bridges along its railway route.

-> The Project will entail the construction, financing, operations, and maintenance of three (3) segments of rail connecting Manila to the provinces of southern Luzon:

1. Commuter Line ( from Manila to Calamba City in Laguna (56km);

2. Long-Haul Line ("Bicol Express") ( from Manila to Legazpi City in the Bicol Region (478 km main line), which may be developed on a phased basis based on delivery of right of way; and

3. Long-Haul Line Expansion ( consisting of (a) an extension from Legazpi City to Matnog in Sorsogon (117km) (the “Long Haul Line Extension”) and (b) a branch line from Calamba to Batangas City (58km) (the “Long Haul Line Branch”), to be
developed once right of way is available.

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The NSRP South Line

The NSRP South Line, which is the subject of this PIM, is discussed in further detail in succeeding sections.The NSRP South Linewill consist of commuter railway operations between Tutuban and Calamba and long haul passenger railway operations between Tutuban and Legazpi, as well as long haul passenger rail operations on the branch line between Calamba and Batangas and extension between Legazpi and Matnog.

The Project was developed with the intent to provide connectivity with Metro Manila's existing urban rail systems including LRT-1, LRT-2, MRT-3, and others. The NSRP North Line, LRT-2 west extension, Metro Manila Bus Rapid Transit, and the Integrated Transport System – South Terminal (“ITS South”) in Food Terminal Incorporated (“FTI”) are expected to connect with NSRP South Line, further enhancing access within and outside Metro Manila.

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Title: NSRP South Line – Commuter Line
Post by: adroth on September 28, 2018, 08:22:46 PM

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III. NSRP South Line – Commuter Line

PNR currently operates a 56-km commuter line from Tutuban Station in Central Manila to Calamba in Laguna Province. PNR briefly suspended its commuter line service from May 2015 until July 2015 to conduct an exhaustive inspection, audit and rehabilitation of its commuter train tracks and bridges to ensure the safety of its passengers and trains. PNR resumed operations of the commuter line on July 23, 2015. The future Commuter Line for the NSRP South Line will follow the existing railway alignment used, operated and maintained by PNR for its current commuter line operations.

Tutuban Station is located adjacent to several shopping malls and is in close proximity to commercial centers in Divisoria, the wholesale and bargain shopping hub of Manila, and Binondo, Manila’s Chinatown, claimed to be the oldest Chinatown in the world. Both the local populace and tourists frequently travel to Tutuban and the surrounding areas of Divisoria and Binondo/Chinatown for both its tourist attractions, shopping venues and access to markets and other commercial
activities.It is expected that this heavily trafficked area within Metro Manila will continue to grow and attract high levels of daily visitors. The PNR Line has stops at España Avenue near the University of Santo Tomas, the oldest university in Asia, and at Santa Mesa near the main campus of the Polytechnic University of Philippines is located. The PNR Buendia Station is located within the Makati Central Business District (“CBD”) at the corner of Senator Gil Puyat (formerly, Buendia) Avenue and President Sergio Osmena Sr. Highwaywith access toother forms of public transportationtraveling to and from the CBD. PNR Stations at Alabang in Muntinlupa City, Santa Rosa and Calamba in Laguna are situated near thriving residential, commercial, and industrial areas.

The PNR commuter line also interfaces with other major transport facilities. At Blumentritt in Manila, PNR and LRT Line 1 stations now stand close to one another. The PNR Santa Mesa Station is accessible from two LRT Line 2 stations. The proposed LRT Line 2 West Extension Project, when completed, will establish two stations near PNR Tutuban Station. Finally, the proposed ITS South Project in the FTI Compound in Taguig City will be situated near the PNR FTI Station.

The existing commuter line running south from Tutuban Station in central Manila to Calamba transports approximately 68,500 passengers per day with an average load factor of 78% for the year 2014. PNR has achieved this level of operation and ridership despite the fact that the rail line and the rolling stock of the commuter line are being operated beyond their useful lives. Given the expected improvements to the infrastructure by the development of the proposed Commuter Line
and the continued economic growth of Metro Manila, PNR expects similar or higher passenger demand in future years of operation.

The existing PNR line from Tutuban to Calamba is at-grade, necessitating numerous road crossings. There are also a number of river and creek crossings with the most significant being the one over the Pasig River. The development of the Project will eliminate many of these at-grade crossings through the use of viaduct and grade-separated crossings on reinforced earth embankment.

The existing PNR line is double-tracked only in the section from Tutuban to Sucat. DOTC and PNR are presently in the process of tendering a contract for the installation of a second track along the Sucat to Alabang section of the PNR line. The bidding process for the second track project is being undertaken jointly by DOTC and PNR with the award of the contract for this project expected by the end of 2015 and anticipated construction completion within six months after award. Following its most recent audit of its infrastructure, PNR is undertaking other projects to address particular safety concerns, including double tracking of rails from Sucat to Alabang, rehabilitation of existing tracks from Tutuban to Los Banos, Laguna, refurbishment of DMUs and diesel electric locomotives, supply and delivery of capital spare parts for DMUs, supply of rail mounted equipment, track ballasting, station development, renovation, and fencing, and others.

A. Alignment and Fixed Infrastructure

The NSRP South Line Commuter Railway (the “Commuter Line”) will follow the existing PNR railway alignment from Tutuban Station in Manila to Calamba in Laguna and will run for about 56 kilometers. Track gauge shall be 1,067 mm, conforming to the present PNR standard as well as the proposed NSRP North Line.

It is envisioned that the fixed infrastructure component of the Commuter Line under the Project will include the construction of elevated concrete viaduct (approx. 13.8 km) and at-grade railway (built up in some locations using reinforced earth embankments). Track on concrete viaduct will be new direct fixation track while the remainder of the track will be ballasted track. Where possible, existing bridges may be rehabilitated (rather than be replaced) to performance specifications and standards to be specified in the Concession Agreement.

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Title: Re: NSRP South Line – Commuter Line
Post by: adroth on September 29, 2018, 11:37:54 PM
PNR to deploy new train sets next year
By Aerol John Pateña  August 1, 2018, 12:03 pm

MANILA -- More passengers will soon be accommodated at the Philippine National Railways' (PNR) Metro Commuter Line from Tutuban in Manila to Calamba in Laguna province with the delivery of new train sets next year.

“We will modernize five trains and buy nine next generation/class of PNR trains. These will be PNR 8000 class trains," PNR General Manager Junn Magno said in an interview with the Philippine News Agency (PNA) Wednesday.

"We are gunning capacity of 14 train sets by end of 2019 to serve approximately 120,000 passengers per day from the current 50,000 per day,” he added.

A total of nine new train sets -- seven were bought in May and two in January this year -- were purchased from Indonesian state-owned company PT Industri Kereta Api (PT INKA). This is the first time in 40 years that the PNR has purchased new trains.

The train sets are expected to be delivered in 2019 amid ongoing rehabilitation of five trains. On the one hand, the older train models of the PNR will be redeployed to the Naga-Legazpi and Lucena-Alabang service.

The agency also plans to purchase freight trains in order to ease traffic congestion on roads leading to the Port of Manila; and restart parcel cargo service from the Bicol region to Blumentritt and Divisoria next year, subject to the approval of its budget by Congress.

The freight trains will lead to the decongestion of the Del Pan-Roxas Boulevard-Osmeña highway corridor in Manila.

“If we haul one-fourth of their freight out of MICP (Manila International Container Port) to their inland port in Laguna (Laguna Gateway Inland Container Terminal) we can reduce overall Metro traffic by 10 percent and Del Pan-Roxas Boulevard-Osmeña Corridor by one third,” Magno said.

These measures are being implemented amid the ongoing construction of the PNR North and South railway projects under the Build, Build, Build program of the Duterte administration.

The PNR North consists of two phases: North South Commuter Rail from Tutuban to Malolos and North 2 from Malolos to Clark on Pampanga, while the PNR South consists of the South Commuter Line from Manila to Los Banos, Laguna and South Long Haul connecting Manila to Matnog in Sorsogon province.

The PNR is conducting the relocation of informal settlers residing along the right of way of these projects, in coordination with the National Housing Authority, the Presidential Commission on the Urban Poor and the Social Housing Finance Corporation. (PNA)


Philippine National Railways
August 29 at 4:24 AM ·

PNR Rolling Stock Maintenance and Planning Engineers started the Training with PT INKA of Indonesia for maintenance program of its trains.

The training program is part of the commitment of support of the Government of Indonesia to PNR which was signed on May 28, 2018. Today marks the beginning of the program and quest for personnels who will undergo rigorous training in Indonesia to specialize in rolling stock maintenance.






Philippine National Railways (PNR) General Manager Junn Magno (left) accepts from PT Industri Kereta Api (PT INKA) President Budi Noviantoro a model train unit during the contract signing on the PNR’s purchase of seven train sets from PT INKA on May 28. PHOTO BY ANDREA DE LA CRUZ
Title: Re: NSRP South Line – Commuter Line
Post by: adroth on October 13, 2018, 03:37:23 PM
Published on Mar 28, 2013

A hectic afternoon on a 1960's PNR built railway south of Manila.  2 trains pass each other at Bicutan station.  Notice people have made little customized motorized/push trolleys for the tracks (which they use when no trains are coming).  The chaos spills from the tracks/station to the main road as the trains clear the crossing, with several near misses involving buses and motorcycles.  Just a normal sort of day in Manila.

Title: South Commuter Railway Project
Post by: adroth on October 09, 2019, 02:22:33 PM
ADB to lend $2.6B for PH rail project
By: Ben O. de Vera - Reporter / @bendeveraINQPhilippine Daily Inquirer / 04:05 AM October 07, 2019

The Asian Development Bank (ADB) is scheduled to green-light its second-biggest loan ever to its host-country the Philippines next year, this time for the massive railway project that will run between Manila and Laguna.

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. . . the Manila-based multilateral lender’s board was expected to approve a $2.61-billion loan for the 54.6-kilometer (km) South Commuter Railway Project by the third quarter of 2020.

This year, the ADB approved its largest loan to the Philippines—$2.75 billion for the 51.2-km Malolos-Clark Railway Project and the 1.9-km Blumentritt Extension of Light Rail Transit (LRT) 1.

Just like the Malolos-Clark Railway, the South Commuter Railway between Tutuban in Manila and Calamba, Laguna, will be co-financed by the ADB and the Japanese government’s aid arm Japan International Cooperation Agency (Jica), Roesner said.

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Last January, Jica already signed with the Philippine government a 167.2-billion yen official development assistance (ODA) loan for the North-South Commuter Railway (NSCR) Extension Project, which expanded the scope of the ongoing NSCR Phase 1 between Manila and Malolos, Bulacan, to Clark International Airport up north and Calamba down south.

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According to the state planning agency National Economic and Development Authority, the P344.6-billion Philippine National Railways South Commuter Line will involve construction of an electrified, double-track, standard-gauge, elevated rail system, which will start operations in 2023.

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Title: Re: NSRP South Line – Commuter Line
Post by: adroth on October 29, 2019, 12:49:22 PM

November 9, 2018

The Investment Coordination Committee – Cabinet Committee approved on November 6 the change in scope and increase in cost of the North-South Commuter Railway (NSCR) System.

The total cost of the NSCR, a project of the Department of Transportation (DOTr) and Philippine National Railways (PNR), increased to PhP777,551.07 million from PhP440,881.05. It will be funded through an Official Development Assistance loan support from the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) and the Asian Development Bank (ADB).

The increase in project cost is attributed to three factors as determined by the detailed engineering designs: a) shift to elevated viaducts instead of at-grade structures to improve operational efficiencies and safety; (b) adoption of standard gauge instead of narrow-gauge, in compliance with government standards to ensure seamless operations for all sections; and, c) increase in the number of trains and change from single to double-tracks for the MCRP.

The cost will also cover resettlement activities, meeting ADB and JICA social and environmental safeguards, to ensure proper housing and welfare support for the estimated 12,901 informal settler families that will be affected.

The project will bring together the NSCR Phase 1 (Malolos-Tutuban), the PNR South Commuter Railway (Solis-Calamba), and the Malolos-Clark Railway Project (MCRP), that will create a 147-km elevated, double-track, and seamless connection from Clark International Airport to Calamba, Laguna, with 36 stations.

The NSCR System will link with existing railway lines the LRT-1, LRT-2 and MRT-3, as well as with the upcoming Metro Manila Subway.

According to the DOTr, the NSCR System compared to other railway projects in Asia is more cost-effective. Per kilometer, the project costs about USD100 million.

The rail system is expected to be partially operational by 2022 with a daily ridership of 340,000 passengers. It will be fully operational by 2023 with a daily ridership of 550,000 passengers.

The government will subsidize an average of PhP5 billion per year to cover capital, operating, and renewal costs of the project—an investment that is expected to generate substantial economic activity, create more jobs, increase incomes, and deliver a more comfortable commuting experience.

The DOTr was instructed by the Committee to implement measures that would allow the national government to maximize non-farebox revenues, such as incremental taxes from increased property value through revenue-sharing arrangements with concerned LGUs and through the development of national government properties in the project area.
Title: Re: North-South Railway Project – Commuter Line
Post by: adroth on October 29, 2019, 01:24:22 PM



Photo of first run of the Calamba train c/o Philippine Railway Historical Society (PRHS)

Title: Re: North-South Railway Project – Commuter Line
Post by: adroth on December 03, 2019, 08:56:18 AM
PNR ‘premium’ train now reaches Los Banos
Kristine Sabillo, ABS-CBN News
Posted at Dec 02 2019 06:59 PM

The Philippine National Railways (PNR) has started extending its operations to Los Banos, Laguna using a “premium train” previously donated by Japan.

PNR spokesperson Joseline Geronimo told ABS-CBN News that they did a trial run last week but decided not to publicize the start of the actual operations since the train they are using can only accommodate 83 passengers.

The train leaves Los Banos around 5:07 a.m. and reaches Tutuban at around 8:14 a.m., according to the posted train schedule. Its next run is in the afternoon, leaving Tutuban station at 4:46 p.m. and arriving in Los Banos at 7:37 p.m.

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Title: Re: North-South Railway Project – Commuter Line
Post by: adroth on December 04, 2019, 01:10:57 PM
DOTr - PNR Press Release
4 December 2019


Press release (

The Philippine National Railways (PNR) formally extended its rail services to Los Baños, Laguna on 01 December 2019 with the addition of new stations and a train set from Japan.

Extending farther to the south, the existing PNR line starting from Tutuban, Manila gets five (5) new flag stop stations past the Calamba station, namely, Pansol, Masili, Los Baños, College, and the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI).

Moreover, included in the main line now is one (1) Kogane train set, which consists of three (3) coaches. Passengers can enjoy reclining and rotating seats, stowable tables, leg rests, and a comfort room inside the train. The said train set from Japan can accommodate 81 passengers. The fare from Tutuban to Los Baños (IRRI) is PhP150.

Department of Transportation (DOTr) Secretary Arthur Tugade commended the efforts of the PNR for modernizing its train sets and spreading its services outside of Metro Manila.

“Ako ay nagpapasalamat sa PNR sa kanilang patuloy na pagpapalawak ng kanilang serbisyo at pagdagdag ng mga makabagong bagon para sa ikagiginhawa ng ating mga kababayan. Umpisa pa lamang po ito, dahil marami pa pong ihahandog ang PNR na makakaabot ang riles sa iba’t ibang parte ng bansa,” Secretary Tugade said.

PNR General Manager Junn Magno said tests have been conducted to ensure smooth-running operation of the extended services, and that more trips will be added over time.

“With the holiday season in full effect, we might increase trip frequency the moment ridership improves. Our engineering department has certified the line to be passable, and our Operations and Rolling Stock departments made the necessary preparation for the extension of the service,” GM Magno said.

Apart from the Kogane train, two (2) new train sets from Indonesia will arrive next week. The train sets will be included in the PNR line under the Tutuban – FTI and Malabon – FTI routes.

The PNR ordered a total of 37 rail cars from Indonesia. On top of the two train sets comprised of three rail cars each that are due to arrive next week, 31 more coaches are set to be delivered from December 2019 to February 2020. These shall form seven train sets of four- and five-car configurations.

Title: Re: North-South Railway Project – Commuter Line
Post by: adroth on December 08, 2019, 12:03:21 PM

Title: Re: North-South Railway Project – Commuter Line
Post by: adroth on December 09, 2019, 10:54:55 AM
North- South commuter railway system being rolled out
Published December 8, 2019, 12:00 AM
By Emmie Abadilla

After more than 14 years of waiting, the government finally broke ground this year for the over ₱2-billion Philippine National Railways (PNR) Clark Phase 1, linking Tutuban, Manila with Malolos, Bulacan.

It is part of the ₱777.5-billion North-South Commuter Railway (NSCR) Extension Project, spanning 147-kilometers, with a total of 36 stations from Clark International Airport to Calamba, Laguna.

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Phase 1 of the railway with cut travel time to Bulacan from the current one and a half hours to 35 minutes and will serve more than 340,000 passengers per day when it becomes operational by 2021.

This initial phase of the PNR Clark Railway Project will eventu­ally extend all the way to Clark, Pampanga.

It will have 10 stations: Tutuban, Solis, Caloocan, Valenzuela, Mey­cauayan, Malolos, Marilao, Bocaue, Balagtas and Guiguinto, with a de­pot in Valenzuela city.

Furthermore, Phase 1 will be seamlessly integrated with PNR Clark Phase 2 going to Clark, Pam­panga and PNR South Commuter going to Calamba, Laguna, forming one integrated commuter railway system serving commuters travel­ling to, from, and within NCR, Re­gion III, and Region IV-A.

Also, the NSCR System will be linked with existing railway lines LRT-1, LRT-2, MRT-3 and the Met­ro Manila Subway. It is expected to serve some 500,000 passengers per day once the system is fully opera­tional.

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As for PNR Clark Phase 2 Con­tract Packages 4 (worth ₱32.7 bil­lion) and 5 (₱18.1 billion) with a combined worth of ₱50.8 billion, a handful of international firms plus one local company turned up to submit bids in October this year.
The bidders include Acciona (Spain), EEI (Philippines), GS En­gineering & Construction (Korea), Posco Engineering & Construction (Korea), PT Waskita (Indonesia) and PT Wika (Indonesia).

PNR Clark Phase 2 is a 53-kilo­meter segment from Malolos, Bu­lacan to Clark, Pampanga and will feature the country’s first airport express railway service. It is part of the ₱777.55-billion North-South Commuter Railway (NSCR), a mega network spanning 148 kilometers with 37 stations.

Contract Package 4 consists of 8 kilometers and includes Clark In­ternational Airport Station. Contract Package 5 consists of the NSCR’s Clark Depot.

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