The government of Philippines and Japan seal a financing deal for a P97B passenger railway project.

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According to an article written by Miguel R. Camus on Philippine Daily Inquirer, the first project is a 38-kilometer elevated commuter train from Tutuban, Manila, Malolos and Bulacan. It was already sealed last November by Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA).

The target of North-South Commuter Railway (NSCR) is the development of provinces in the Philippines.

JICA said that Metro Manila is experiencing heavy traffics because of the growing number of cars and the lack of different ways for mass transit. JICA also mentioned that Luzon’s railway network only expanded by 5 kilometers for a decade.

The only way that we can solve this problem is thru NSCR.

NSCR will revive the Luzon railway system which is 900km linking the provinces of Legazpi and Albay.

The NSCR program also features a 58-km line from Calamba, Laguna, to Batangas City, Batangas, and a 117-km line from Legazpi City to Matnog, Sorsogon.

As stated by Transportation Secretary Joseph Abaya, the construction of the Manila-Bulacan line will kick-off by early 2017 and the project would be finished in the latter part of 2020.

According to Transportation Secretary Joseph Abaya, the constrauction will start by 2017 and will be finish around 2020. The said project will be having 15 stations that can estimate about 340,000 commuters.

According to a study, once the project is finish, around 2.1 million passengers from Bulacan, Rizal, Laguna and Cavite would be happy from the benefit of the new system.

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