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The Department of Transportation (DOTr) announced that the long-awaited PNR Bicol Project is finally moving forward with the construction works for the project’s Package 1 set to start in the first quarter of 2022.
 
The project’s progress came after the monumental contract signing by Secretary Art Tugade for the PNR Bicol Project's first 380 kilometers from Banlic, Calamba to Daraga, Albay. 
 
The DOTr and PNR eye the completion of the Package 1's construction in 2024, with the start of operations in the third quarter of 2025. Meanwhile, the remaining PNR Bicol contract packages are set for completion between 2024 and 2026. The entire PNR Bicol line is scheduled to go online by 2027.
 
The PNR Bicol will have a total length of 560 kilometers and 35 stations. It will run from Manila through Laguna, Quezon, Camarines Sur, and then to Albay. It will have an extension line in Sorsogon and a branch line in Batangas. 
 
With a design speed of 120-160 kilometers per hour for passenger trains and 80-100 kilometers per hour for freight trains, PNR Bicol is expected to reduce travel time between Manila and Legazpi City in Albay from the present 14-18 hours to just 6 hours using regular commuter trains, and 4 hours and 30 minutes using the line’s express trains.
 
For our kababayans in the South who have dreamt of the PNR Bicol project for so long, we are finally seeing the light of day.
 
As we near the end of our term, we remain committed and dedicated to turning dreams into reality. 
 
Para sa bansa. Para sa mga Pilipino!
 
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