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Train cars for North-South railway set to arrive in Q4

THE train cars for the North-South Commuter Railway (NSCR) are set to arrive in the fourth quarter of the year, according to the chief of the Department of Transportation (DOTr).

Transportation Secretary Arthur P. Tugade said the actual train cars will arrive in December, while a training simulator for the first phase of the Philippine National Railways (PNR) Clark Phase 1 will arrive between September and October.

“The trains will arrive in December, and we are building a facility to house the simulator. The simulator, which will arrive in September or October, will be used to train the people who will operate the trains,” he said.

Currently, the PNR Phase 1 is at 45.82 percent completion rate with girder piles set to be deployed over the next two weeks.

“In the next two weeks, we will be setting the girders on piles. You will really see that we are continuing to build this to completion,” Tugade said.

PNR Clark Phase 1 is envisioned tone a 38-kilometer railway that runs between Tutuban Station in Manila all the way to Malolos, Bulacan, passing through cities such as Caloocan and Valenzuela, as well as municipalities such as Meycauayan, Marilao, Bocaue, Balagtas, and Guiguinto.

Its second phase, also known as the Malolos-Clark Line, will be a 54-kilometer railway line that will also feature an airport express service, cutting time from Clark International Airport to Makati City to about one hour.

Currently, PNR Clark Phase 2 is at 28.79 percent overall progress rate.

The third phase, meanwhile, will connect Manila to Calamba, Laguna.

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