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Tutuban-Malolos Railway project breaks ground

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By Freddie Velez

Marilao, Bulacan — Here’s good news to millions of Filipinos, particularly in Central Luzon because as expected, the massive infrastructure program of the Duterte administration known as “Build, Build, Build” has now started, the railway to the north project will now proceed.

It was recalled that sometime in June last year, the Department of Transportation (DOTr) marked the first of the five PNR stations in this province.

Yesterday, Secretary Arthur Tugade of the DOTr led the groundbreaking ceremony in the village of Abangan Norte this town for the construction of the Philippine National Railways (PNR) Clark project linking Tutuban in Divisoria, Manila, to the City of Malolos, this province.

Tugado was joined by PNR General Manager Junn B. Magno, Bulacan Governor Wilhelmino M. Sy-Alvarado, and Senator Joel Villanueva in the groundbreaking.

The railway project would connect Manila to Central Luzon, wherein Tugade hopes that at least 1,000 kilometers of railway system all over the country will be finished under the term of President Duterte.

The entire rail line would have 13 train sets with eight cars or coaches per train set. Each train could reach a maximum speed of 120 km per hour. The rail line with a total of 17 stations would run from Tutuban passing through Marilao and Malolos and all the way to the Clark International Airport and the proposed New Clark City in Pampanga.

Aside from significantly reducing the two to three hours travel time from Manila to Clark to just 55 minutes, the rail project is seen to decongest Metro Manila and spur development in its peripheries, and help thousands of commuters coming from Bulacan and Pampanga to travel daily to their workplaces or schools in Manila.

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