DOTr eyes Manila-Clark train line

Reynaldo G. Navales

CLARK FREEPORT -- The Department of Transportation (DOTr) is planning to construct a 107-kilometer line between Manila and Clark via the Philippine National Railways’ North Railway.

The DOTr said that constructing the train line augurs well with the plan to make Clark International Airport in Pampanga an alternate hub of the heavily-congested Ninoy Aquino International Airport in Metro Manila.

The DOTr added that the train could accommodate as many as 350,000 passengers per day and traverse the 107-kilometer line in only 55 minutes.

“It will guarantee reliable and convenient train services with proper intermodal connections,” the DOTr said.

The department also said that the Manila-Clark North Railway line will cost some P255 billion, split between the constructions of a line that will connect Metro Manila to Malolos City in Bulacan before extending it all the way to Clark.

Projected construction start date will be on the fourth quarter of 2017 and expected completion in four years will be in the fourth quarter of 2021.