DOTC Secretary Tugade announces plan to formalize Manila-Clark train within 90 days

As the NAIA is inundated with airline passengers, Tugade announced that within 3 months, the plan to build a standard train system connecting Manila to Clark, Pampanga will have been finalized.

Prior to this, the DOTC Secretary asked the airline companies to transfer the operation of smaller turbo propeller planes to Clark airport.

To convince the airline companies, the DOTC Secretary said that the government will build a standard train system or a connector road.

“Clark will be reachable either by road or by train. By road, we have to recognize [Metro Manila] Skyway [Stage] 3 and the Connector Road because that will bring you somewhere in Bulacan, so it gives connectivity,” Tugade was quoted by Rappler during a networking event in Pasay City recently.

According to the DOTC website, the Skyway 3 is an elevated expressway over its entire length from Buendia, Makati City to Balintawak, Quezon City with a distance of about 14.82 kms. which is expected to be completed on January 2018.

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Meanwhile, the MVP Group’s NLEX and SLEX connector road project will link Circumferencial Road 3 in Caloocan City and Skyway 3.

Tugade told his audience at the networking event that “connectivity using the train can be done using the Philippine National Railways (PNR) alignment or those of the NLEX. One thing is certain, is he wants a standard train, not a bullet train as earlier reported by blog sites.

The news have been receiving positive feedbacks from netizens. Let us check out a sampling of the netizen’s comments below.

Kevin Gorriceta Go wrote:

I know this may seem too early to tell but nothing makes you feel better sleeping at night knowing you now have a fast-acting and effective government. It’s a breath of fresh air.

I’d be more than willing to give Duterte another vote on the next presidential elections if everything turns out well for our country–well, that’s if they can get the constitution amended so he can serve for another term.

For now, let’s enjoy the ride I guess.

Mac Pimentel wrote:

This is ok. Just like in Malaysia, airport is far from the city proper but there’s a train that takes u from point to point. Advantage is mdmi space, extra land for expansion and walang mga buildings or poste ng kuryente like jan sa atin na parang pwde kang sumabit ng eroplano pg nasa bubong ka ng bahay.

Bobby Crisol wrote:

Why didn’t former DOTC Secretary Abaya think of this during his term? I can’t understand why he didn”t push for example for night landing/take-off facilities for all provincial airports? This would minimize the crowding of flights departing provincial airports before dusk and landing at NAIA after dusk. And reduce the inconvenience to and suffering of the travelling public who now have to put up with delayed landings or take-offs, if not cancelled flights, due to air traffic congestion at NAIA.

A netizen named Jun Diaz has a nice suggestion to make the plan better and wrote:

….make it an elevated highway and train track …connecting Subic.. Clark and NAIA… free from floods and traffic from ground level…

Amadeo B. De Guzman wrote:

Why it took so long for the government to see the wisdom of using Clark is beyond me. It’s been there all along.

Some netizens welcome the news with gusto but are getting greedy.

Ernesto Holt wrote:

Strongly Suggest Bullet Trains for Mobility And Classy Show of Enhancements to Invite more Tourist from other Countries!

Shen Echavia wrote:

it must be a high-speed train prioritizing comfort and convenience. so it will be a whole of new riding experience and service

Jr Pantino wrote:

Sana a high-speed train, like the ones here in Japan.

Feel free to comment below.

Source: Rappler


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