The Much Awaited PNR Line Tutuban to Malolos Planned to Hit the Tracks in 2021

Last Updated on January 25, 2021 by OJ Maño

The PNR Line Tutuban to Malolos is part of the North-South Commuter Railway (NSCR) project, also known as the Clark-Calamba Railway. This is a 38-kilometer mass transportation railway that will connect Malolos, Bulacan with NCR.

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Note: As per the DoTr, currently, the project’s over-all progress continues to roll with a completion rate of 42.66% as of Dec 31, 2020


Project Details

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The PNR Line Tutuban to Malolos (Line 1) is expected to serve over 300,000 passengers daily in its opening year in 2021. This 38-kilometer railway will run across 10 elevated stations.

The Japan International Cooperation Agency will finance NSCR North 1, while the remaining sections will be co-financed by the Asian Development Bank.

Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade led the formal contract signing for the project with Japanese companies Sumitomo Corp and Japan Transport Engineering Company. This covers the 13 train sets with 8 cars that can carry 2,238 passengers per train.

In November 2015, the Philippines and Japan signed a $1.99-billion loan deal to finance the railway.

Tugade hopes the new railway can be partially operational by the end of 2021, and for it to be fully operational by 2022.

The official groundbreaking for the project was held last February 2019. Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade and Undersecretary for Railways Timothy John Batan, Japanese Ambassador to the Philippines Koji Haneda, PNR General Manager Jun Magno, then Bulacan Governor Wilhelmino Sy Alvarado, Bulacan 2nd District Representative Apol Pancho, Bulacan 4th District Rep. Linabelle Villarrica, and representatives from Sumitomo Mitsui Construction Co. Ltd. led the groundbreaking ceremony for the construction work along the old PNR railway in Barangay Mabolo, Malolos, Bulacan.

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During the groundbreaking ceremony (Photo from DoTr)

Latest Updates (as per DoTr – July 2020)

This 38-kilometer mass railway transport, which forms part of the mega railway network, the North-South Commuter Railway (NSCR) Project, now stands at 39.70% completion rate as of July 2020. Even amid the current pandemic, the construction work for the project continues to make strides, such as the construction for the temporary access roads, temporary bridge construction, temporary facility, as well as the bored piling works, structural excavation works, and fabrication of precast segment for the project.

To recall, the project was originally conceptualized in the 1990s, but due to disagreements on funding and a host of other issues, the project has been put at the back burner. It is only during the Administration of President Rodrigo Roa Duterte, and under the leadership of DOTr Secretary Arthur P. Tugade that the project has been made a priority. Now, it is almost halfway through completion.

PNR Line Tutuban to Malolos Planned Stations

This PNR Line Tutuban to Malolos will have 10 stations along the alignment project:

  • Tutuban (City of Manila)
  • Solis (City of Manila)
  • Caloocan City
  • Valenzuela City
  • Meycauayan City, Bulacan
  • Marilao, Bulacan
  • Bocaue, Bulacan
  • Balagtas, Bulacan
  • Guiguinto, Bulacan; and
  • Malolos City, Bulacan.
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PNR Line Tutuban to Malolos — List of Stations (Photo from JICA YouTube Channel)

As per PNR officials, remnants of the old PNR stations in Bulacan built in 1892 will be preserved. Junn Magno, PNR general manager, said 10 structures left standing from the old stations would be restored to give a glimpse of the PNR’s history. (based on report)

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Remnants of the PNR Station in Guiguinto

For those who are looking for real estate opportunities to take advantage of the possible rise in property value due to the planned PNR Line and New Manila International Airport:

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Further Connections and Extensions

NSCR North 2 (Malolos to Clark)

NSCR North, also known as PNR Clark, was divided into two phases. NSCR North 1 involves the 38 km (PNR Line Tutuban to Malolos segment), while NSCR North 2 involves the 53 km Malolos–Clark Railway. The Japan International Cooperation Agency will finance the PNR Line Tutuban to Malolos (NSCR North 1), while the remaining sections will be co-financed by the Asian Development Bank.

NCSR South 1 (Manila to Calamba)

The NSCR North lines will be connected to the lines that will go furthers to Southern Luzon. The existing Metro Commuter Line will be reconstructed as an elevated electrified standard-gauge line. The 56 km railway will run from Solis, Manila to Calamba, Laguna. It is expected to be completed by 2025

This will form one integrated commuter rail system serving commuters traveling to, from, and within NCR, Region III, and Region IV-A. Using the legacy PNR right-of-way, the project will also restore historical station buildings. This is part of the priority projects under the administration’s Build Build Build program.

NSCR South 2 Calamba to Batangas City

The study also proposed a 58 km extension of the NSCR to Batangas City. However, the reconstruction of this line is slated for the PNR South Long Haul Project which was approved in 2017, with the line being a single-track, standard-gauge line without electrification, and will be built at-grade as in the present PNR network. It will be upgraded to double track and electrification in the future.

NSCR North 3 Angeles to Tarlac City

The 2014 JICA study proposed a 38 km (24 mi) branch line that will split at Angeles, Pampanga. The line will have 12 stations and shall end in Tarlac City.

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4 thoughts on “The Much Awaited PNR Line Tutuban to Malolos Planned to Hit the Tracks in 2021

  1. We are witnessing the rebirth of the wonderful ‘Philippine National Railways’ thank to Sir Junn Magno.

    Philippine Railway Historical Society

  2. Congratulations!!!! to all who are involve in this very productive project for our native land. Very nice and will create a lot jobs for our countrymen who are suffering now. I have a question, I have a property located in Manila old Antipolo Street in Blumentritt, and found out that PNR started demolished those properties across to my property, at New Antipolo street. Need to know whom to talk or ask when our property will be next Barangay people 349 and nearest Barangay seems to now nothing about it that makes the residents panic
    Kindly advise.via email. Thank you

  3. Thank you for the quick response, but did not answer my questions about the propose demolitions of properties located at Old Antipolo/Felix Huertas/Leonor Rivera street by San Lazaro Railroad station. Please advise.

    1. Baka pinakamainam pong makipag-ugnayan sa LGU tungkol sa bagay na yan, dahil dapat po ay nalalaman ng kinauukulan sa lugar ang lahat ng mga demolisyon.

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