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Malolos-Clark railway project starts

THE Department of Transportation (DOTr) has announced the start of the Philippine National Railways (PNR) Clark Phase 2 project, which will run from Malolos town in Bulacan province to this freeport.

The agency said the project, a part of the North-South Commuter Railway, is now in full swing.

“The much-awaited second leg of the mammoth North-South Commuter Railway (NSCR) project, co-implemented by the Department of Transportation and the Philippine National Railways is now moving at a very rapid pace,” the DOTr said.

The 54-kilometer PNR Clark Phase 2 segment now stands at 27.79 percent overall progress rate, as of January 31, 2021.

Pre-construction activities, including site inspections in Clark International Airport (CRK) and Apalit Stations, are ongoing.

By May 2021, the DOTr had set the groundbreaking of this northern segment of the massive 148-km, 37-station NSCR.

Once partially operating in 2022, travel time between Bulacan and Pampanga will be trimmed down to just 30 to 35 minutes, from the original 1 hour and 30 minutes.

The project will feature the country’s first Airport Express Service, which will reduce travel time between CRK in Pampanga and Makati City from more than two hours by car to just one hour via the Airport Express.