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DOTr sees 10,000 passengers taking PNR’s reopened Caloocan-Dela Rosa line

Some 10,000 passengers are expected to take the re-opened Caloocan-Makati route of the Philippine National Railways (PNR) on Wednesday, 20 years after the service was discontinued.

“Six trains with a total capacity of 700 to 800 are deployed during the soft-opening today, to accommodate an expected 10,000 passengers,” the Department of Transportation (DOTr) said in an emailed statement.

The route has been billed as the fastest and most cost-efficient means of transportation, with a running time of 37 minutes.

The first trip from Caloocan leaves at 5:45 a.m., while the last trip from the area is scheduled at 5:15 p.m. Trips from Dela Rosa are from 6:28 a.m. to 5:58 p.m.

The minimum fare is P12 for non-aircon coaches and P15 for airconditioned train cars.

The 13-kilometer route stops at the 10th Avenue (Macario Asistio), 5th Avenue, Solis, Blumentritt, España, Sta. Mesa, and Dela Rosa stations.

The Caloocan-Dela Rosa,Makati route was discontinued in 1997 as the line was supposed to be utilized by the Northrail Project which did not materialize.

“This is a good opportunity for us to make use of what is already there. Aayusin na lang kung kailangan,” said PNR General Manager Junn Magno.

“Hindi lang ito dagdag serbisyo sa publiko, kundi dagdag kita rin sa gobyerno,” he said. —Jon Viktor Cabuenas/VDS, GMA News