By Freddie Velez
CITY OF MEYCAUAYAN, Bulacan — Department of Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade and Keiji Hirano, executive officer of Taisei Corporation recently led the contract signing for the start of the civil works for the Tutuban- Malolos segment of the North-South Commuter Railway project on Monday in Valenzuela City.
Tugade said the project is under Contract Package 1 of Philippine National Railways (PNR) Clark Phase 1 and will include the construction of six railway stations in Solis, Caloocan, Valenzuela, Meycauayan, Marilao, and Bocaue.
The 37.6-kilometer mass railway transportation that will connect the city to the National Capital Region is expected to cut travel time from one hour 30 minutes to just 35 minutes.
It will also be seamlessly integrated with PNR North 2 and PNR south commuter to form one integrated commuter railway system that will serve commuters traveling to, from, and within the National Capital Region, Region III, and Region IV-A, otherwise known as the North-South Commuter Railway (NSCR) System, or the combined and interoperable PNR Clark and PNR Calamba Projects
The NSCR System consists of the 38-km. PNR Clark Phase 1 from Tutuban to Malolos, the 53-km. PNR Clark Phase 2 from Malolos to Clark, and the 56-km. PNR Calamba segments from Solis to Calamba.
PNR Clark Phase 1 consists of two civil works packages – the first was started last February 15 by Sumitomo-Mitsui Construction Corporation, while the second was started last Monday by the Taisei-DMCI Joint Venture.