P73B South Commuter Railway breaks ground

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P73B South Commuter Railway breaks ground
Transport Secretary Jaime Bautista led the groundbreaking rites for the elevated, double-track electric train system to be built along the Philippine National Railways’ existing route from Alabang to Calamba. Photo from the Department of Transportation.
  • The P73.25-billion South Commuter Railway Project, also known as the Alabang-Calamba leg of the North-South Commuter Railway system, broke ground on July 3
  • The electric train system will run on elevated double tracks along the Philippine National Railways’ Alabang-Calamba route
  • Civil works on the 32-km Alabang-Calamba segment involve contract packages S-04 and S-05 to be done by April 2028, and CP S-06, by October 2027
  • With the start of the SCRP civil works, PNR’s Alabang-Calamba service has been suspended

The P73.25-billion South Commuter Railway Project (SCRP), or the Alabang-Calamba leg of the North-South Commuter Railway (NSCR) system, officially began on July 3.

The elevated, double-track electric train system will be built along the Philippine National Railways’ existing route from Alabang to Calamba, Transportation Secretary Jaime Bautista.

“We are forging ahead, overcoming every challenge, because we know meeting the project’s deadlines will lead to a game-changing rail system that will transform lives,” Bautista said during the ground-breaking ceremony.

Construction of the 32-kilometer Alabang-Calamba section comprises three contract packages worth a total of P73.24 billion.

Contract Package S-04 covers 8.5 km of railway viaduct structure that includes an elevated station in Alabang and another in Muntinlupa at a cost of P19.79 billion. CP S-05, which will cost P27.62 billion, involves 12.8 km of railway viaduct with elevated stations in San Pedro, Pacita, Biñan, and Santa Rosa.

CP S-06, meanwhile, covers 10.25 km of railway viaduct with an elevated station each in Cabuyao, Banlic, and Calamba, for a total cost of P25.83 billion.

Bautista said CP S-04 and CP S-05 should be completed by April 2028, and CP S-06 by October 2027.

The contract packages were awarded to the joint venture of South Korean contractors Hyundai Engineering & Construction Co. Ltd. and Dong-ah Geological Engineering Co. Ltd.

With the start of the SCRP civil works, PNR’s Alabang-Calamba service has been suspended since July 2. PNR earlier said only two trips would be affected by the route closure, one at 4:38am and another at 7:56pm. About 467 commuters take each trip daily. PNR has also already closed all stations between Santa Rosa and Calamba for the civil works.

The service between Alabang and Biñan stations will continue to operate but only until July 16.

A flagship project under the administration’s “Build Better More” program, the 147.26-km NSCR system aims to seamlessly connect Clark, Pampanga and Calamba, Laguna by linking Metro Manila to its neighboring provinces in less than two hours.

NSCR will have 35 stations and run on 51 commuter train sets and seven express train sets.

The rail line is expected to provide two hours of end-to-end travel for over 600,000 passengers daily on full operations.

The project is co-financed by the Japan International Cooperation Agency and the Asian Development Bank.

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