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North- South commuter railway system being rolled out
« on: December 09, 2019, 04:40:55 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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