PNR to launch Tutuban-Calamba route on Tuesday

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Dec 01 2014 11:19 AM | Updated as of Dec 01 2014 07:19 PM

MANILA, Philippines - The Philippine National Railway will launch the Tutuban-Calamba route and inaugurate a new station in Calamba, Laguna on Tuesday (December 2).

The Department of Transportation and Communications said the Tutuban-Calamba route will begin with two daily trips, with plans to add two more trips by early 2015.

Two trains will be assigned to the regular Manila-to-Calamba route. The first trip will depart from Tutuban station at 7 p.m. (December 2).

The end-to-end fare is pegged at P 45.

"This expansion of PNR’s commuter rail service provides affordable and convenient access to jobs and schools to more stakeholders south of Metro Manila. It will shorten travelling time for those who currently take the bus, and allow those who bring their own cars to bypass traffic," Transportation Secretary Jun Abaya said.

Abaya and PNR officials will lead the inauguration of the Calamba station. A special train carrying PNR management will leave the Tutuban station at 7:30 am, and will arrive at the new station for the ribbon-cutting ceremony, which begin at 9:30 am.

With the new station, the PNR's operations will now be expanded to 56 kilometers from the current 53 kilometers. It will serve an additional 3,000 to 5,000 passengers every day, on top of the current 70,000 daily passengers.

Abaya said the Calamba station is the 7th station the PNR has opened in the past 12 months.

"Clearly, we are on the right track in rehabilitating the railway system and soon reviving the service to Naga and Legazpi," he said.

Last December, the PNR opened four stations - Muntinlupa, San Pedro, Biñan, and Sta. Rosa, followed by two more stations in March -- Cabuyao and Mamatid.