DOTC proposes railway linking Manila to Clark


( The Department of Transportation and Communications is planning to put up a railway that would directly connect Clark, Pampanga to Metro Manila in a bid to decongest the Ninoy Aquino International Airport.


Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC) Secretary Arthur Tugade said that the train would provide the option for Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) passengers to instead go to Pampanga where the Clark International Airport is located, the Inquirer reported.


Tugade said the planned train which links straight to Clark would either be connected to the NAIA in Pasay City or the North Avenue MRT station in Quezon City.


Aside from this, he said that they are also thinking of a separate train line meant to swiftly move cargo between Clark and Subic, the location of one of the country’s major seaports.


However, these plans which Tugade plans to formalize in 90 days would still need to be discussed with the National Economic and Development Authority. It was initially reported in 2015 that funding for a high-speed railway system linking NAIA to Clark was already approved by the Department of Budget and Management under the Aquino administration.



The Secretary revealed the plan to decongest NAIA after one of its runways was closed off on Monday, July 18 due to a crack which affected over 60 flights.


Last week, Malacañang promised the Metro Manila commuting public that their experience would be somewhat improved within 100 days.

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