The Philippine National Railway opened its Tutuban-Calamba route to public. Tuesday, December 2, transport officials rode on a PNR train at Tutuban station at 8 AM and arrived at Calamba, Laguna at around 9 AM.
“It’s traffic-free and it’s also cheaper,” Department of Transportation and Communications Secretary Joseph Emilio Abaya said. Fare for the said route is PhP45 which is half lesser compared to estimated PhP100 for the same route riding bus.
Abaya added that there are more improvement that needs to be done with PNR. “In 2015, we’ll be rehabilitating and overhauling three train coaches that are 25 years old. We are also rehabilitating nine pieces of rolling stock from Korea, which are relatively new, 7-8 years old,” Abaya said.
“We’re looking at restoring the train services to Legazpi, Albay in the next few months after a successful trial run last August,” the transport secretary said. “The PNR rehabilitation will cover the entire North and South lines, including branch lines of Tarlac-San Jose in the north, and Calamba-Batangas in the south.”