The Department of Transportation (DoTr) signed a contract on Friday for bid supervision and consultancy services in connection with the 38-kilometer (km.) Philippine National Railways (PNR) Clark Phase 1 Project that will first connect Tutuban to Malolos, Bulacan.
The portion covered by the deal with NSTren Consortium would form part of the 106-km. PNR Clark Project connecting Tutuban Center in Manila to Clark, Pampanga.
The Tutuban-Clark line is expected to carry 350,000 passengers daily once it starts operations in 2021.
Also known as the North-South Commuter Railway Project, it will cost P105 billion and will be funded by official development assistance from Japan.
“Actual start of construction of the Malolos-Clark Railway is before the end of December 2017, at the earliest, and at the latest, January 6, 2018,” Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade said.
The DOTr has also signed a contract with Mitsubishi-CAF for the supply of 120 light rail vehicles (LRVs) for the Light Rail Transit-1 Cavite Extension Project.
The 120 LRVs worth P30 billion will be configured in 30 four-car train sets to allow the rail line to accommodate up to 750,000 passengers daily.