DOTr, Japanese firms sign contract for PNR Tutuban-Malolos project
Robie de Guzman • July 16, 2019 • 1165
The Department of Transportation (DOTr), Japan Transport Engineering Company (J-TREC) and the Sumitomo Corporation on Tuesday (July 16) officially signed a P12.1-billion supply contract for the Philippine National Railways (PNR) Tutuban-Malolos project.
DOTr Secretary Arthur Tugade and Sumitomo Corporation’s Social Infrastructure Business Division General Manager Hiroshi Karashima signed the contract for Package 3, which pertains to the manufacture and delivery of rolling stock for the 37.6-kilometer mass transit project.
The project is funded by an Official Development Assistance from the Government of Japan, through the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA).
The elevated mass railway system, which is the initial phase of the PNR Metro Manila to Clark railway system, will run from Tutuban station in Manila to Malolos City in Bulacan.
Under the contract, Sumitomo and J-TREC are expected to make and deliver a rolling stock fleet with a total of 104 train cars. The DOTr said the first delivery of trains and the project’s partial operation are expected by 2021.
“This is the reason why we are all here today—to sign an agreement where the trains you see, the prototype you see, will come into fruition by 2021. The first agenda is to come to an agreement and principle that we will strive to work together so that we will realize the Tutuban to Malolos route by the end of 2021,” Tugade said in a statement.
The DOTr said the PNR Tutuban to Malolos project will have 10 stations: Tutuban, Solis, Caloocan, Valenzuela, Meycauayan, Marilao, Bocaue, Balagtas, Guiguinto, and Malolos.
The department said the construction of these stations were indicated in contract packages 1 and 2 which were signed earlier this year. The project broke ground on February 2019.
Once PNR Clark Phase 1 becomes operational by the end of 2021, the DOTr expects travel time from Manila to Bulacan to be reduced to just 35 minutes from the current one hour and 30 minutes.
The project, which is a railway segment of the North-South Commuter Railway (NSCR), is expected to serve 300,000 passengers daily.
The PNR Clark Phase 1 (Tutuban to Malolos) will be integrated with the PNR Clark Phase 2 (Malolos to Clark) and the PNR South Commuter (Manila to Calamba, Laguna).
The DOTr said these projects form part of the 147-kilometer mass transportation railway connecting Clark in Pampanga, Metro Manila, and Calamba in Laguna.
MANILA, Philippines – The two sets of brand-new diesel multiple unit (DMU) motor cars of the Philippine National Railways (PNR) are expected to hit the tracks next week, the Department of Transportation (DOTr) said.
The train sets were unveiled in an arrival ceremony held on Wednesday in Tondo, Manila.
The DOTr said the train units, each with three coaches, will be fully operational by December 16. These will be deployed on PNR’s Malabon and FTI routes.
The train sets, which were acquired from Indonesian company PT Inka, has a minimum capacity of 752 passengers and are seen to increase PNR’s current daily passenger service rate of 65,000.
It will also add 18 to 20 trips per day to FTI-Tutuban and FTI-Malabon routes, increasing PNR’s operational capacity to better serve the public.
The PNR said four more trains with four coaches each are expected to be delivered next year.
These train sets are part of the 37 railcars and three locomotives procured by the PNR from PT Inka.
The unveiling ceremony of the new trains was attended by some Philippine and Indonesian officials, including Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade, Indonesian Ambassador Dr. Sinyo Harry Sarundajang, PNR General Manager Junn Magno, PT Inka representatives, and House Transportation committee chair and Samar First District Rep. Edgar Sarmiento.
MANILA, Philippines – The inter-agency Technical Working Group (TWG) of the Department of Transportation (DOTr) is eyeing to extend for six months the pilot run of motorcycle ride-hailing services in the country.
In a statement issued on Tuesday, the DOTr said this is to allow the participation of new players in the study of the viability of motorcycles as a safe mode of public transportation.
The department said it has heard proposals on November 20 from six motorcycle taxi companies, namely, Citimuber, JoyRide, MoveIt, EsetGo, Sakay, and VroomGo, which are all aspiring to participate in the pilot run.
“We want to determine their operational readiness and compliance,” Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) member Antonio Gardiola Jr. said.
Gardiola, who heads the TWG, said the extension is seen as an expansion of the study and giving the riding public a wider choice, and “thus push the multiple providers to ensure a higher standard of service.”
He added that the pilot run extension also aims to provide the TWG more time to widen the scope of their study on appropriate standards and capacities for motorcycles to be considered safe, convenient, and eligible for franchise.
The TWG is composed of members that include representatives from the DOTr, LTFRB, Land Transportation Office (LTO) and the Inter-Agency Council for Traffic.
“We also want to determine whether or not motorcycles are really a safe and viable form of public transportation. That is always our priority — the safety, security, and comfort of the riding public,” Gardiola further stated.
In May, the DOTr allowed ride-hailing service Angkas to operate for six months as motorcycle taxi for six months starting June.
The pilot run was approved in aid of legislation for both the House of Representatives and the Senate to evaluate pending bills pushing for the legalization of motorcycles as public utility vehicles, as well as amendment of existing laws such as Republic Act No. 4136 or the Land Transportation and Traffic Code.
The TWG said it has already submitted its recommendation, and a decision on the proposed extension will be released in the coming days.
The Department of Transportation (DOTr) officially launched the Cavite–Manila Ferry Service on Sunday (December 8).
Starting Monday (December 9), passengers can avail the ferry service from Cavite City Port Terminal going to the Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP) Complex in Pasay City, and to the Liwasang Bonifacio Terminal (Plaza Lawton) in Manila, and vice versa.
According to the DOTr, travel time from Cavite City Port Terminal to Liwasang Bonifacio Terminal is estimated at 40 to 45 minutes. Meanwhile, travel time between the Cavite City Port Terminal and CCP, and vice versa, is around 15 minutes.
DOTr Secretary Arthur Secretary said the fares for both ferry services are still under negotiation. Tugade said that he will push for lower prices.
“Andito kami ngayon pagka’t hangarin namin na ilunsad at i-revive ang ferry operation ng Cavite. Itong operation ng Cavite ay matagal ding nawala, matagal ding nakalimutan, kaya sabi namin, umpisahan, buhayin, at itaguyod ulit iyong ferry operation ng Cavite, (We are here to launch and revive the ferry operation of Cavite. This operation in Cavite had long been gone so we told ourselves that we would revive this operation)” he said.
He also said that passengers can get a free ride from December 9 to January 9, 2020.—AAC
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