Engr. Rolando Soriano and Engr. Rafael Esguerra, representatives of the Department of Transportation (DOTr), confirmed that the North-South Commuter Railway (NSCR) Malolos-Manila and Clark Extension will be finished in 2024. This was the report of DOTr during the meeting of the Central Luzon Regional Project Monitoring Committee on March 8, 2022.

The Malolos-Manila and the Clark Extension are components of the NSCR Project formerly known as the Clark–Calamba Railway. NSCR is a 163-kilometer urban rail transit system designed to provide more sustainable transportation, reduce travel time, and allow greater connectivity between Central Luzon and CALABARZON.

NSCR Malolos-Manila which runs from Tutuban (Manila) to Malolos City, Bulacan has a total length of 38 kilometers and costs PHP149.13 billion. Groundbreaking for the project was held in February 2019. As of 31 January 2022, the project had a physical accomplishment of 55.42 percent.

The first Trains sets for the Malolos-Manila section have been delivered and the second delivery is expected in May this year.  

On the other hand, the Clark Extension has a length of 53 kilometers starting from Malolos going to Clark Economic Zone. As of 30 September 2021, the reported actual progress of the project is 32.58 percent. Partial operation is targeted in third quarter of 2023 while full operation is in fourth quarter of 2024.

Maria Andrea N. Gueco, NRO3-PMED