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The first train set of PNR Clark Phase 1 is now here

Upcoming rail line will link Tutuban and Malolos

Hopefully, these new trains will make Filipinos less dependent on cars. PHOTO FROM DOTR

In recent months, the LRT and MRT have seen their fair share of developments and the arrival of new trains. But you also shouldn’t forget about the Philippine National Railways and its North-South Railway Project, as the first of thirteen train sets for PNR Clark Phase 1 has just arrived at the Port of Manila. Once cleared by customs, it will be transferred to the PNR depot in Valenzuela next month.

These trains will be traveling between Tutuban and Malolos. PHOTOS FROM DOTR

The rolling stock is built by the Japan Transport Engineering Company and Sumitomo Corporation. It underwent acceptance tests last October in Japan before being shipped over to the Philippines. The second train will arrive by the second quarter of next year.

These new trains will service around 300,000 passengers daily once operational. Travel time between Tutuban, Manila, and Malolos, Bulacan, will be cut down to 35 minutes, compared to the usual 1.5 hours it would take via car. As always, it’s great to see progress in these projects to make public transportation better for the average Filipino.

Sam Surla

Sam is the youngest member of our editorial team. And he is our managing editor (believe it or not). He specializes in photography and videography, but he also happens to like writing about cars a lot.