Arsenio M. Bartolome III, President and Chief Executive of North Luzon Railways Corporation (Northrail), disclosed at a recent Rotary Club gathering, that the project was commenced last month and was now on track.
He asked for public support towards the project, which would employ hundreds of Filipinos and benefit thousands more through fast travel times and relieving traffic congestion.
There is four phases to the project, all of which will utilize the long closed 'Philippine National Railways' northern line to San Fernando, La Union.
* Phase 1 from Caloocan to Clark Field, Pampanga (Construction Commenced)
* Phase 2 from Clark Field to Subic Bay
* Phase 3 from Caloocan to Fort Bonifacio, Taguig City
* Phase 4 from Clark Field, Pampanga to San Fernando, La Union.
It is planned that trains will initially start running as far as Malolos in 2010 utilizing 19 DMU sets. The balance of phase 1 is then expected to be operational by 2011, utilizing a further 23 vehicles.