BCDA readies terms for Clark Rail Transit System project

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Mar 25 2015 11:39 AM | Updated as of Mar 25 2015 07:39 PM

MANILA, Philippines - The Bases Conversion and Development Authority (BCDA) is currently preparing the terms of reference for the bidding for the Clark Rail Transit System (Clark Rail).

BCDA President and CEO Arnel Paciano D. Casanova said it plans to bid out Clark Rail as a joint-venture (JV) project.

He emphasized Clark Rail is basically an extension of the NEDA Board-approved North-South Commuter Railway (NSCR) project, which will connect at Malolos, Bulacan.

"Offhand, BCDA will provide the land needed including substantial areas for commercial development at every station. The private JV partner will plan, design, finance, build, operate and maintain the Clark Rail," Casanova said.

He said Clark Rail will be electric powered, and will involve some 82 kilometers of double back track between Malolos and Tarlac City, and have 13 stations.

The alignment of Clark Rail is still being studied, but it will be up to the JV partner to conduct the final alignment study.

"We are considering to put the Clark Rail on a new alignment that would allow us to provide the area needed for the commercial development at every station. The Clark Rail will serve as the backbone for the movement of goods, services and people to and from Manila, Clark Green City, Clark International Airport, Clark Special Economic Zone, and Tarlac City," Casanova said.

BCDA will provide some 100 hectares of Clark Green City land for use as transport hub that will include the Clark Rail depot.

The bidding is expected to be conducted before the end of the year.

Last February, the NEDA Board, chaired by President Benigno S. Aquino III, approved two projects under the North-South Railway masterplan. The two projects are the Phase 1 of the North-South Commuter Railway (NSCR) Project and the North-South Railway Project – South Line.