DOTr signs contract with Japanese firms for Tutuban-Malolos railway

DOTr signs contract with Japanese firms for Tutuban-Malolos railway

Good news for the Filipino commuter.

The Department of Transportation (DOTr) signed a contract with Japanese firms for the production of trains for a new railway stretching from Tutuban in Manila to Malolos in Bulacan.

To lighten the travel woes of commuters, the new 37.6-kilometer railway promises to cut travel time between Tutuban, Manila and Malolos, Bulacan to just 35 minutes from the current 1.5 hours.

A model of the train that will be used in Tutban- Malolos railway.
(photo credit to owner)

Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade led the formal contract signing for the project with Japanese companies Sumitomo Corp and Japan Transport Engineering Company.

The contract covers the production of 13 trainsets, with each trainset having 8 cars or 104 coaches in total.

A prototype of the train, which is designed to carry 2,242 passengers, was presented to the members of the media.

"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.

DOTr said Contract Package 1, signed on May 20, covers the construction of a depot and six train stations namely: Solis in Tondo, Caloocan, Valenzuela, Meycauayan, Marilao, and Bocaue. 
Contract Package 2, meanwhile was signed on January 23 and covers the construction of stations in Balagtas, Guiguinto and Malolos. 
The DOTr secretary said they expect delivery of the first batch of trains for the Tutuban-Malolos segment by the third quarter of 2021. 

Tugade hopes the new railway can be partially operational by the end of 2021, and for it to be fully operational by 2022.
The DOTr said the construction of all these train stations is already in "full swing."

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