DOTr, Japanese firms sign contract for PNR Tutuban-Malolos project

Robie de Guzman   •   July 16, 2019   •   833

A miniature model of the train that will be used in the Tutuban-Malolos Railway.

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.

780 passengers unloaded as glitch hits MRT-3 train

Robie de Guzman   •   August 20, 2019

MANILA, Philippines – About 780 passengers were offloaded on Tuesday afternoon from a southbound Metro Rail Transit line 3 (MRT-3) train after it suffered an electrical failure in motor.

The MRT-3 management said the train was stalled around 1:01 p.m. and the passengers were unloaded at the Ayala station.

The passengers were loaded in the next train, which arrived 11 minutes later, it added.

“We are sorry for the inconvenience,” it said in a statement.

The MRT-3 management said that the motor problem could have been caused by worn-out electrical sub-components such as the main chopper, regulator, insulator.

It added that remedial measures include preventive maintenance and replacement of electrical components.

DOTr: No fare hike amid system rehab of MRT Line 3

Marje Pelayo   •   August 15, 2019

MANILA, Philippines – The Department of Transportation (DOTr) maintains that minimum fare in MRT Line 3 will remain despite the ongoing rehabilitation works on the train system.

According to Transport Undersecretary Timothy John Batan, unless commuters experience full convenience and observe significant improvements in the MRT Line 3 system, there is no reason for any fare increase.

Meanwhile, the Department is expected to achieve its target train speed of 60 km. and the completion of its rehabilitation efforts including the replacement of new rail tracks and the addition of new train coaches by the year 2021.

Once completed, the MRT Line 3’s full operation is expected to accommodate up to 600,000 passengers every day. – MNP (with reports from Rosalie Coz)

Students’ exemption from PH airport terminal fees to begin August 1

Robie de Guzman   •   August 1, 2019

MANILA, Philippines – The Department of Transportation (DOTr) on Wednesday announced that beginning August 1, students will no longer have to pay terminal fees at all airports owned and operated by the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP).

In an advisory posted on its Facebook page, the DOTr said a memorandum circular stipulating the waving of terminal fees for students has been signed by CAAP director general Jim Syndiongco.

LOOK: ‘MALASAKIT,’ AS PROMISED!Starting tomorrow, 01 August 2019, students will be exempted from paying terminal fees…

Posted by Department of Transportation – Philippines on Wednesday, 31 July 2019

This policy applies to students who are currently enrolled in preschool to college, including in trade, arts, technical and vocational schools and training centers.

“Qualified students who will avail of the exemption shall apply for a student exemption certificate at Malasakit Help Desks located in airports,” the DOTr said.

Student passengers with flights starting August 1, 2019 and purchased tickets previously within a period of one year may “seek for refund of the terminal fee that was integrated into their airline tickets purchased at point of sale or online.”

The DOTr said refund may be claimed in all Malasakit Help Desks at CAAP-operated airports.

“All Malasakit Help Desks at CAAP-operated airports shall serve as refund counters until such time the airlines are able to facilitate the exemption in their booking system,” it said.

The DOTr earlier announced that students would get free rides from government-operated railway lines and exemption from terminal fees in seaports and airports across the country.

READ: Students to get free train rides, airport and seaport terminal fees

The agency said this initiative is part of the government’s efforts to provide Filipinos comfortable lives.

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