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Thursday, February 20, 2014

Sen. Recto Pushes for PNR Modernization

Sen. Pres. Pro Tempore Recto on Thursday pushed for full development and modernization of the 119 yr. old Philippine National Railway (PNR) to help ease traffic in Metro Manila and to provide fast, efficient and cheap form of transport not only in the metropolis but also in outlying provinces. Sen. Recto said that traffic jams are expected to get worse when the implementation of various road projects in Metro Manila gain momentum. Sen. Recto earlier asked the Exec. Branch to consider restarting and developing the Pasig river ferry service. Sen. Recto said doubling the number of PNR trains plying the Tutuban, Manila-Sta. Rosa Laguna line could displace 14,000 cars on the road. He said the PNR should acquire more coaches for it's 44 Km Metro South commuter service which currently ferries 70,000 passengers daily. This part of the longer Manila to Mayon railway is currently underutilized with just 2.5 trips per direction an hour, he pointed out. Sen. Recto also hailed PNR's decision to add trips by March. He also said budgetary support should be given to the PNR in the short term so it could complete the refurbishing and the retrofitting of 50 coaches the East Japan Railway Co. (JR-East) donated in 2012.    
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