I'm not sure if any of you guys know, but the North-South Commuter Railway is now packaged as 1 elevated commuter line from Calamba to New Clark City, with a dedicated spur line to Clark International Airport. The rail line will have bypasses so that both a local commuter
, commuter express
and airport express
operation can seamlessly be operated.
total project cost is approx. USD $15 billion
The total cost of the NSCR, a project of the Department of Transportation (DOTr) and Philippine National Railways (PNR), increased to PhP777,551.07 million from PhP440,881.05. It will be funded through an Official Development Assistance loan support from the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) and the Asian Development Bank (ADB).
The project will bring together
the NSCR Phase 1 (Malolos-Tutuban),
the PNR South Commuter Railway (Solis-Calamba), and
the Malolos-Clark Railway Project (MCRP), that will create a 147-km elevated, double-track, and seamless connection from Clark International Airport to Calamba, Laguna, with 36 stations.
NAIA will also be connected thanks to the USD $5.31 Billion Metro Manila Subway thats expected to connect Mindanao Ave in Quezon City, to NAIA. (and in the future offer seamless travel to Calamba via using bypass rails on the NSCR tracks) All you would have to do is grab a subway train from NAIA Station to FTI Station and onwards to NSCR starting in 2025.
In March, the Philippine government and the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) signed the $934.75-million loan agreement to fund the first phase of the project. It is the first tranche of the total $5.31-billion loan requirement pledged by JICA. According to the Department of Finance, it was the biggest amount ever committed by Japan to any country.
In addition, it will connect with the recent ground breaking of the USD $3.7 Billion Makati Subway from Ayala MRT Station to Ospital ng Makati, that will also connect to MRT 3, Pasig River Ferry and the Metro Manila Subway
The 10-station train system spans 10 kilometers with stops in key points around Makati. One of the stations will be near the planned Metro Manila subway so that passengers from one railway can easily transfer to the other.
The system's initial 12 coaches will serve 27,000 passengers per hour, per direction and as many as 40,000 during peak hours, the Makati City government said in a statement.
Plus there is the $2.8 billion China funded rehabilitation and expansion of the PNR Long Haul Railway all the way from Sucat to Matnog Sorsogon.
The Philippines and China on Tuesday exchanged the signed contracts for the Project Management Consultancy (PMC) of the P151-billion, 639-kilometer, Philippine National Railways (PNR) South Long Haul (PNR Bicol) at Malacañang Palace, witnessed by President Rodrigo Duterte and Chinese President Xi Jinping.
Lots happening in terms of rail connectivity. Based on the final draft report of JICA https://www.jica.go.jp/english/our_work/social_environmental/id/asia/southeast/philippines/c8h0vm0000bk9u4d-att/c8h0vm0000dhvs1p.pdf
Starting 2022, you can hypothetically go from MNL-CRK by grabbing a taxi to FTI Station and from 2025 onwards, all you need is to take 1 Subway ride to FTI Station and grab the NSCR Airport Express train which will get you to CRK in: 1 hour & 7 mins