PNR San Pablo-Lucena commuter line to open in May

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The PNR San Pablo-Lucena route is a 44-kilometer inter-provincial commuter railway part of the commuter train service to Bicol, also known as PNR South Long-Haul Project. Photo from the Department of Transportation.
  • The Philippine National Railways commuter service connecting Lucena to San Pablo will likely start operating by May
  • The line can also be converted into a cargo freight service
  • The PNR San Pablo-Lucena route is a 44-kilometer railway part of the commuter train service to Bicol

The Philippine National Railways (PNR) San Pablo-Lucena commuter service will begin operating around May, according to PNR assistant general manager and spokesperson Ces Lauta.

Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade inspected the project on February 14.

When operations resume, the line will have two terminal stations and four flag stops in between, with travel time of 1 hour and 32 minutes from Lucena to San Pablo.

The loop will offer 10 trips per day. This compares to an operation of once every two days in 2012.

Image from the Department of Transportation.

The line ceased operation in October 2013 after the collapse of an abutment.

The PNR San Pablo-Lucena route is a 44-kilometer inter-provincial commuter railway part of the commuter train service to Bicol, also known as PNR South Long-Haul Project.

The Department of Transportation recently signed the P142-billion design-build contract for the first package of PNR Bicol.

Construction of the first 380 kilometers of the PNR Bicol project is set to start in the first quarter of 2022 with completion expected in 2024. Operation is eyed by the third quarter of 2025.