People who wanted to go to and from Calamba City in Laguna can now avoid heavy road traffic by taking the train today.
The Philippine National Railway (PNR) inaugurates today its Calamba station to provide more options to residents and visitors of Calamba. The maiden trip will depart the Tutuban station in Manila at 7:00 tonight.
Secretary Joseph Emilio Abaya of the Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC) said “this is another step toward serving the increasing number of people who commute to and from Laguna on a daily basis…we are reviving the railway’s iconic Bicol Express, and restoring the PNR to its former glory as a vehicle for economic prosperity and progress.”
He added that this expansion in the PNR commuter rail service will provide an affordable and convenient access to jobs and schools for more stakeholders south of Metro Manila. The end-to-end fare is pegged at P45.
Abaya also said that the state-owned railway operations will now be expanded to 56 kilometers, or three kilometers more than the current 53. At least two trains are assigned to ply the regular Manila-to-Calamba route, which is expected to serve between 3 to 5 thousand passengers per day. Two more trains will be added next year. The PNR currently serves an estimated 70,000 passengers daily.
“This is the seventh station that the PNR has opened in the past 12 months. Clearly, we are on the right track in rehabilitating the railway system and soon reviving the service to Naga and Legazpi,” Abaya said.
In December last year, the PNR opened four new stations: Muntinlupa, San Pedro, Biñan, and Sta. Rosa. This was followed by two more station openings in March this year, namely Cabuyao and Mamatid.