The Department of Transportation (DOTr)- Philippine National Railways(PNR) reopens today its train service from Caloocan to Dela Rosa in Makati, 20 years after it was closed to the public.
DOTr Secretary Arthur Tugade said that this project, which was borne out of the creativity and accumen of the PNR headed by General Manager Junn Magno, is in line with the efforts of the Duterte administration to begin the revival of Philippine railways.
“This is a good initiatve from PNR. We will not just add, but also rehabilitate. We wanted to move fast, but at the same time, we had to ensure na wala tayong nami-miss out na posibleng solusyon. This is a good opportunity for us to make use of what is already there – aayusin na lang kung kailangan. Hindi lang ito dagdag serbisyo sa publiko, kundi dagdag-kita rin sa gobyerno,” he said.
The Caloocan-Dela Rosa line is the fastest and most cost-efficient means of transportation from Caloocan to Makati, with running time of 37 minutes. It was shut down sometime in 1997, as part of it was supposed to be utilized for the Northrail Project; however, much of the rail tracks lay unused.
PNR General Manager Junn Magno said the revival of the line segment was through the effort and cooperation of several agencies.
“The Caloocan line segment was a departmental track used by PNR between the Tutuban and Caloocan workshops. It was heavily damaged because of water intrusion, so we embarked to repair the track back to common carrier grade. The LRTA offered old ballast material in May 2018; we used that to rebuild the track. Then the MNTC offered to haul it out of LRTA Pasay Yard. When things were in place we began refurbishing the old stations,” he said.
GM Magno explained that the original intent of rebuilding of the track was to slowly transfer material away from the Caloocan workshops, in preparation of the North-South Commuter Railway or the PNR North 1, which will run from Tutuban in Manila to Malolos in Bulacan. The project broke ground in January this year. Meanwhile, the DOTr has decided to use the remaining track time to generate revenues at the same time serving the Caloocan-Makati corridor.
Six trains with a total capacity of 700 to 800 are deployed during the soft-opening today, to accommodate an expected 10,000 passengers. The first trip from Caloocan to Dela Rosa leaves at 5:45am, while the last trip from Caloocan is at 5:15pm. From Dela Rosa to Caloocan, the first trip leaves at 6:28am, while the last trip is at 5:58pm. The initial 13-km route run will stop at 10th Avenue (Macario Asistio), 5th Avenue, Solis, Blumentritt, España, Sta. Mesa and Dela Rosa stations. Minimum fare is set at PhP12 (non-aircon) and PhP15 (aircon).
The Caloocan-Dela Rosa, Makati Line shall be operational until the construction of the PNR Manila-Clark Railway line becomes in full blast.
01 August 2018