The Department of Transportation said on Wednesday it seeks to maintain the schedule for Philippine National Railways (PNR) Phase 1 Clark which runs from Tutuban in Manila to Malolos, Bulacan, with Bocaue station now in an overall growth rate of 23.18% and the Balagtas station at 23.97%.
The department expects nine more stations to make significant progress along the 38-kilometer line in less than a year.
“Construction is underway for all of these stations,” Undersecretary of Transport Timothy John R. Batan said during the inspection of Balagtas station on the rail line on Wednesday.
PNR Clark Phase 1, which is one of three segments of the North-South Suburban Railway (NSCR) project, is expected to serve around 300,000 passengers per day and reduce the journey time between Tutuban and Malolos, Bulacan to 35 minutes from the current time and 30 minutes.
The 147-kilometer NSCR project, which will have 35 stations served by 464 train cars, is supported by the Japan International Cooperation Agency. It will go from Clark in central Luzon to Calamba, Laguna.
“In less than two years we will see six more stations take shape within 53 kilometers of PNR Clark 2 from Malolos to Clark International Airport,” Batan noted.
“And by next year, we will see 19 more stations start construction within 56 kilometers of PNR Calamba from Manila to Calamba, Laguna,” he added, noting that the tenders for the nine southern segment contracts are almost completed. – Arjay L. Balinbin