Will we finally get a world-class rail system?
This weekend we got to say Hong Kong’s famed subway system up close and personal, and wondered when our country would have a comparable railway line. Well, it seems the dream isn’t too far off – the Philippines and Japan has closed a deal that would see a 38-kilometer elevated commuter train line from Tutuban, Manila all the way to Malolos Bulacan, giving people working in the provinces a faster and easier commute to their workplaces here in Manila.
The landmark deal is through the financing that was acquired thoruh the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) last November.
The North South Commuter Railway project (NSCR) is aimed at reviving a once bustling rail system that linked La Union and Legazpi City back in the 1970s, which has been largely forgotten about now. Hopefully the work starts soon, as the worsening traffic in Manila is slowly eating away at the PH’s economic gains because of gridlock and lost time.