The Transportation Department is marking today five stations of the P255-billion railway project that will connect Manila to Clark Freeport in Central Luzon ahead of the project’s construction.
The five stations that will be first marked among the 17 stations of the 106-kilometer Manila-Clark Railway Project are located in Marilao and Meycauayan in Bulacan, Valenzuela, Caloocan and Tutuban in Metro Manila.
Apart from the marked stations, the 12 other stations are Solis, Bocaue, Balagtas, Guiguinto, Malolos, Calumpit, Apalit, San Fernando, Angeles, Clark, Clark International Airport and the proposed New Clark City in Pampanga.
“For the first time, a rail project will connect Manila to Central Luzon and it will be completed under the Duterte administration,” Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade said.
The project will start construction in the fourth quarter of 2017 and will be completed by the fourth quarter of 2021, according to the agency.
The project will be funded through official development assistance loans from Japan.
The whole line will have 13 train sets with eight cars or coaches per train set. Each train can reach a maximum speed of 120 km per hour.
With the rail project, the two-hour travel time from Manila to Clark will be cut down to just 55 minutes. The rail system stands to benefit 350,000 passengers daily in its first year of operations.
Philippine National Railways general manager Junn Magno said the project was seen to decongest Metro Manila and spread economic gains throughout the country.
“This project will ease traffic congestion and help thousands of commuters coming from Bulacan and Pampanga who travel daily to their workplaces or schools in Metro Manila,” Magno said.
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