The Department of Transportation (DOTr) announced Tuesday that the Philippine National Railway Calamba Project, a 56-kilometer railway that will connect Metro Manila and Calamba, Laguna, is scheduled for partial operation in 2025.
The project aims to reduce the travel time between Solis, Tondo to Calamba to just one hour, or down by three hours from the current average travel time. Over 10,000 workers, sourced from Calamba and surrounding areas, will be employed when construction begins in 2022.
Once partial operation begins, the railway project will cater to at least 340,000 passengers on a daily basis. Passenger capacity will increase to 550,000 when the project becomes fully operational, expected to be in 2028. There will be 19 stations situated across 11 cities in Metro Manila and Laguna.
The Calamba Project is funded by the Japan International Cooperation Agency and the Asian Development Bank. The opening of bids for the civil works started yesterday.