On March 18, Japanese Ambassador Koshikawa Kazuhiko joined Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade at the unveiling ceremony of the first batch of rolling stock for the ongoing North-South Commuter Railway project ( NSCR) funded by Japan.
The trainsets use state-of-the-art Japanese rail technology that uses energy-efficient and reliable trains.
Funded by the Government of Japan through the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), the first batch of rolling stock for the 38 km railway is among 104 brand-new rolling stock supplied by Sumitomo Corporation and Japan Transport Engineering Company (J-TREC) for the NSCR Malolos-Tutuban segment. These trainsets use state-of-the-art Japanese rail technology that uses energy-efficient and reliable trains.
Ambassador Koshikawa said that “[The] The unveiling of this NSCR rolling stock is one of the landmark achievements of our railway cooperation and our joint railway projects are seen as a driver of economic revitalization after the pandemic. By easing traffic congestion and providing efficient transportation, the NSCR will help improve the business environment. »
Japanese Ambassador Koshikawa Kazuhiko (left) and Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade (center)
The Ambassador also assured that “we pledge our continued support for the success of the NSCR and all other railway projects”.
The NSCR is one of the major infrastructure projects supported by Japan under the Philippine government’s “Build, Build, Build” program. The NSCR is expected to serve around 300,000 passengers and reduce travel time between Malolos, Bulacan and Tutuban, Manila from the current 90 minutes to just 35 minutes.