Manila, Philippines — Great news for Laguna commuters! From the usual two to three hours of travel time to the metro, the Philippine National Railways (PNR) has made commuting to Manila more convenient, with its extended trip to Los Baños.
On September 18, Wednesday, they have started test runs and clearing operations as it also prepares for the opening next month of its south rail line. It was also followed by another round of inspection by PNR engineers last Friday, September 20.
The PNR system is said to be the oldest in Southeast Asia with fares ranging from as low Php12 for ordinary and Php 15 for an air-conditioned ride, to Php60 if you’re traveling from Tutuban to Calamba.
The said extension would be a great alternative for the Laguenos, especially that it takes hours to get to Manila, not to mention, the worsening traffic.
The Los Baños station is said to be the 25th station of the Metro South Commuter Train that runs from Tutuban in Manila to Calamba City. However, there were also concerns upon building the tracks, such as clearing illegally built structures, especially the informal settlers situated within the danger zone.
As for the relocation of the settlers near the tracks, Geronimo said that they are currently in talks with the National Housing Authority.
“Our concern is their safety and this [project] is for everybody’s mobility,” she said.
According to PNR spokesperson, Joseline Geronimo said that the two of the nine trains they purchased from PT Industri Kereta Api (PT Inka) were scheduled to arrive early next month in time for the scheduled launch of the new station. Last year, they were reported to order six diesel multiple unit trains (P1.071 billion each) and three diesel-hydraulic locomotive trains (P1.3 billion each) from PT Inka.
To be updated with the latest news, projects, and schedule of the train, you may check out PNR’s official website at www.pnr.gov.ph.