Prior to his official departure from office as the president of the Republic of the Philippines in June, Duterte will be seeing yet another successful project under his administration—the reopening of the Lucena-San Pablo stretch of the Philippine National Railways (PNR), as per Department of Transportation (DOTr).
The Lucena-San Pablo line is a developing project in conjunction with the PNR Bicol, which has built connection between Metro Manila and the rest of the Southern Luzon provinces.
Once it resumes operation, PNR Lucena-San Pablo will be a convenient means for transport between Lucena, Quezon City and San Pablo, Laguna, cutting the travel time to just one hour and 30 minutes. Simultaneously, both regions’ local economies as well as their nearby provinces are expected to benefit from its operation.
Slated to be in full operation in 2027, the PNR Lucena-San Pablo line is only a part of the 560-kilometer PNR Bicol, which itself will harbor 35 stations running across multiple provinces down south.