The North-South Commuter Railway (NSCR) project with estimated cost of approximately USD 6 billion is expected to be rolled-out not later than June 2015.
This project has three phases. The first phase of the North-South Commuter Rail consists a rapid rehabilitation of the existing at-grade Philippine National Railways infrastructure. This phase will be handled by the government with funding from Japan International Cooperation Agency through official development assistance loan.
North-South Commuter Railway’s first phase will run from Malolos, Bulacan, to Tutuban station in Divisoria.
Second phase and third phase are the Tutuban-to-Calamba or Laguna phase and the Malolos-to-Clark or Pampanga phase. These phases will be implemented through public-private partnerships.
“Malolos to Tutuban will be elevated. Tutuban to Calamba will be at grade in the meantime but we are aiming to elevate it eventually,” Transportation Secretary Joseph Emilio Abaya said.
According to Abaya “once the rails are steady enough to accommodate freight, cargo containers can pass through the rails instead of the roads. Cargo movers will only have to pay for rail usage.”
“It will be high-speed, it will not be a bullet train, but will be a high-speed electric train,” National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) Deputy Director General Rolando G. Tungpalan told BusinessMirror.