The Department of Transportation hopes to start partial operations of the 147-kilometer mass transportation railway that will link Clark in Pampanga and Calamba in Laguna by the fourth quarter of 2021.
It is stepping up construction of PNR Clark phase 1, a 53- kilometer rail line connecting Tutuban, Manila to Malolos, Bulacan.
Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade said Phase 1, which includes the construction of six statiojs in Solis, Caloocan, Valenzuela, Meycauayan, Marilao and Bocaue, is 2 or 3 months ahead of its construction schedule.
The joint venture of Japanese construction firm Taisei and D.M. Consunji Inc. will build the 37.6-kilometer PNR Clark Phase 1.
Tugade said the bidding for PNR Clark Phase 2, which will run from Malolos to Clark, has attracted interest from nine international and two local companies.
This will feature the country’s first airport express railway service.
Once completed, the project will allow commuters to reach the Clark International Airport from Buendia in Makati in just 55 minutes, compared to two hours by private vehicle.
The P777.5 billion railway, which spans 147 kilometers and 37 stations, is co-financed by the Asian Development Bank and the Japan International Cooperation Agency.