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92 new PNR stations by next year — DoTr

The 179 railway stations operational, contracted, and ongoing construction by 2022 is a critical component of the DoTr’s railway network expansion program because it is at stations that a railway becomes more accessible to the people

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NEW train sets are placed on tracks of the MRT-7 station along Commonwealth Avenue in Quezon City. The Department of Transportation has set the Metro Rail Transit Line 7 to operate in April 2022. / PHOTOGRAPH BY ANALY LABOR FOR THE DAILY TRIBUNE @tribunephl_ana

The Department of Transportation (DoTr) is setting up for the construction of 19 more stations of the massive PNR Calamba train line next year.

“By June 2022, the DoTr would have increased the number of operational stations from 61 to 87 stations, and the number of contracted and ongoing construction would have increased from zero to 92 stations,”

Transportation Undersecretary Timothy John Batan said during the inspection of the PNR Balagtas Station on Wednesday.

“The 179 railway stations operational, contracted, and ongoing construction by 2022 is a critical component of the DoTr’s railway network expansion program because it is at stations that a railway becomes more accessible to the people,” he added.

Batan, who heads the DoTr’s railway division, also disclosed that nine contracts of the southern segment of the rail line are almost complete.

“The first six contracts already ongoing ADB’s review for concurrence, following which the contracts will be awarded and signed, and construction will very soon be mobilized,” he said.

The PNR Calamba train line connects Metro Manila to six cities in Laguna. From Tondo, Manila to Calamba, Laguna, the new train line will cut the four-hour travel period to just one hour.

The project — which the DoTr said will be fully completed in 2028 and partially operable in 2025 — is part of the 148-kilometer North-South Commuter Railway.

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