PNR Metro Commuter Line

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PNR Metro Commuter Line
PNR DMU Train 1.png
A PNR Hyundai Rotem DMU on its original livery.
Overview
Native namePambansang Daambakal ng Pilipinas
TypeCommuter rail
StatusOperational (Metro South Commuter/Metro North Commuter)
Discontinued (Caloocan-Meycauayan, Carmona Line)
LocaleMetro Manila
TerminiTutuban
Governor Pascual
Calamba
FTI
Stations31 stations
Daily ridership100,000 (maximum)
75,000 daily estimated passengers[1]
Websitehttp://www.pnr.gov.ph
Operation
OpenedNovember 24, 1892
OwnerGovernment of the Philippines
Operator(s)Philippine National Railways
Depot(s)Tutuban
Caloocan
Rolling stockHyundai Rotem DMUs
DOST Hybrid Electric Train
KiHa 350 series
KiHa 52 series
203 series
900 series locomotives
2500 series locomotives
Technical
Line length28.09 km (17.45 mi)
Track gauge1,067 mm (3 ft 6 in)
1,435 mm (4 ft 8 12 in) standard gauge (planned)
Operating speed40-90 km/h
Route map

North–South Commuter Line
Valenzuela
Governor Pascual
Caloocan
Caloocan Depot
10th Avenue
5th Avenue
Solis
Tutuban Railyard &
Tayuman Locomotive Shed
Tutuban
 2 
Blumentritt
 1 
Laong Laan
España
 8 
Valencia Estuary
Santa Mesa
 2 
Pandacan Estuary
Pandacan
Pandacan Estuary
Paco
San Andres
Vito Cruz
Buendia
Dela Rosa
Pasay Road
Tripa de Gallina Estuary
EDSA
 3 
Tripa de Gallina Estuary
Nichols Ninoy Aquino International Airport
 9 
FTI
 9 
Bicutan
Sucat
Sucat River
Alabang Bus interchange
Bayanan Creek
Poblacion River
Muntinlupa
Magdaong River
Tunasan
Tunasan River
San Isidro River
San Pedro
Carmona
Pacita MG
Golden City 1
Biñan
Biñan River
Silang-Santa Rosa River
Santa Rosa
Golden City 2
Cabuyao River delta
Cabuyao
Gulod
Cabuyao River delta
Mamatid
Banlic
Calamba
Inside a PNR Hyundai Rotem DMU Metro Commuter train
A PNR 900 class locomotive and a Hyundai Rotem DMU

The Philippine National Railways Metro Commuter Line is a commuter rail line operated by the Philippine National Railways, stretching from Tondo, Manila to the southern and northern edge of Metro Manila. Presently, there are 31 railway stations. The current line is colored orange on most maps.

The current line runs in a general north-south direction from Tondo to the Province of Laguna, linking the cities of Manila, Caloocan, Malabon, Makati, Taguig, Parañaque and Muntinlupa. Passengers can transfer to the Line 1 at Blumentritt, to Line 2 at Santa Mesa, and to Line 3 at EDSA.

The Metro Commuter Line has known for many names including PNR Metro South Commuter Line, shortened to Metro South Commuter (For the remaining active service), PNR Metro North Commuter Line, shortened to Metro North Commuter (For the remaining active service), Metro Manila Commuter Service, Metro Commuter, Orange Line, Metrotrak, Metrotren, and Commuter Express or Commex. The orange color of the line dates back to its major upgrade in the 1970s.

History[edit]

The PNR commuter service started in April 6. 1970, starting at Manila North Harbor, with stops at Tutuban, Blumentritt, Santa Mesa, Paco, Pasay Road (Culi-Culi), Gelmart (Philippine-American Embroidery), Sucat, Alabang and ends at Biñan, Laguna. The commuter service between Tutuban and San Pedro, Laguna started in November 30, 1972, it was further extended up to College station in Los Baños and Carmona, Cavite in 1974. The double tracking also lead to the construction of new stations such as Vito Cruz and Buendia in 1975, España, FTI and Bicutan in 1977 and Laon-Laan in 1978. In the 1990s an extension northwards of the service up to Meycauayan, Bulacan materialized only to be discontinued later on.

Route[edit]

The existing operational Metro Commuter Line is predominantly aligned and shares the path of the South Main Line or SouthRail which uses a dedicated right of way of its own. It terminates at Calamba Station despite having rails further towards Legazpi, Albay, but few trains stop at Sta. Rosa and Calamba Stations further to the south. Inter-provincial services such as the Bicol Express and Mayon Limited are not running as of 2015, but plans to revive the services have been presented.

Legend
  • Trains stop at stations marked "●".
  • Trains pass those marked "|".
  • Only morning and evening trains stop at stations marked "◇".
  •      closed stations
  • MSC (TU-LA) — Metro South Commuter (Tutuban to Calamba)
  • MNC (TU-GP) — Metro North Commuter (Tutuban to Governor Pascual)
  • MNC (GP-FTI) — Metro North Commuter (Governor Pascual to FTI)
  • SS (TU-SU) — Shuttle Service (Tutuban to Sucat)
  • SS (SA-SU) — Shuttle Service (Santa Mesa to Sucat)
  • PT — Premiere Train
Name Distance (km) Services Transfers Location
Between stations From Tutuban From Governor Pascual Metro Commuter Shuttle PT
MSC
(TU-LA)
MNC
(TU-GP)
MNC
(GP-FTI)
SS
(TU-SU)
SS
(SA-SU)
Valenzuela none Valenzuela City
Governor Pascual Malabon City
Caloocan Caloocan City
10th Avenue 1.460 1.460
5th Avenue 1.380 2.840
Solis 1.460 4.300 Manila
Tutuban 0.000 Line 2
Blumentritt 2.730 2.730 5.530 Line 1
Laon Laan 1.090 3.820 none
España 0.700 4.520 7.320
Santa Mesa 1.970 6.490 9.290 Line 2
Pandacan 1.470 7.960 none
Paco 1.500 9.460 12.200
San Andres 0.960 10.420
Vito Cruz 0.600 11.020
Buendia 1.260 12.280 Makati City
Dela Rosa 0.120 12.400 15.320
Pasay Road 0.940 13.220
EDSA 1.080 14.300 17.150 Line 3
Nichols 3.600 17.900 none Taguig City
FTI 0.700 18.600 21.400
Bicutan 2.300 20.900 Parañaque City
Sucat 4.120 25.020 Muntinlupa City
Alabang 3.673 28.693
Muntinlupa 3.320 32.013
Tunasan
San Pedro 3.361 35.374 San Pedro City,
Laguna
Pacita MG 2.176 37.550
Golden City 1 1.170 38.720 Biñan City,
Laguna
Biñan 1.044 39.764
Santa Rosa 4.042 43.806 Santa Rosa,
Laguna
Golden City 2 1.954 45.760
Cabuyao 1.660 47.420 Cabuyao City,
Laguna
Mamatid 5.530 52.950
Banlic 1.850 54.800
Calamba 1.338 56.138 Calamba,
Laguna
Stations in italics are either under construction, not yet operational, or have been closed.

Rolling stock[edit]

A Hyundai Rotem DMU on its fourth and current livery at Alabang Station
A PNR 900 Class hauling a 203 series EMU.

Four types of rolling stock currently runs on the PNR Metro Commuter line. The Hyundai Rotem Diesel Multiple Units, the locomotive hauled JR 203 series Electric Multiple Units (having 5 cars per set), the former Kantō Railway KiHa 350 series and the former JR KiHa 52 Diesel Multiple Units. The line is also being served by the JR Kiha 59 (Kogane) unit which is called as the "Premiere Train" service which runs from Tutuban up to Mamatid. Due to the opening of the Calamba Station building, the Premiere Train services were currently suspended until further notice. After a derailment in April 2015, the train services were suspended for nearly three months.

Rolling stock In service Out of service Scrapped
DOST HET 1 0 0
Hyundai Rotem DMU 9 9 0
KiHa 350 4 2 0
KiHa 52 3 4 0
KiHa 59 0 3 0
203 series EMU 25 (5 Train Sets) 15 0
900 series locomotives 9 5 8
2500 series locomotives 1 2 40
5000 series locomotives 4 6 0

Services[edit]

Current[edit]

Metro South Commuter[edit]

The Metro South Commuter (also known as MSC) is the main and only train service currently being offered by PNR that run along the Metro Commuter Line. The trains that are currently being used for this service are the 900 Series Locomotives, PNR 2500 Series Locomotives, 203 series ex-Joban Line Local EMUs donated by JR East, and the South Korean Hyundai Rotem DMUs. The trips are reduced upon announcements. On December 2, 2014, the new Calamba Station was inaugurated. Later that night, the MSC1907 was extended up to the said station. The MSC1937 was also extended, but only up to Sta. Rosa Station. As of July 2015, MSC services run between Tutuban and Alabang.[2] As of September 2019, the trips (morning and night) now reaches Calamba while the other service to Mamatid is dropped making the MSC1907 the only train servicing Laguna.

Governor Pascual-FTI service (Metro North Commuter)[edit]

In August 1, 2018, Philippine National Railways reinstated commuter train services to Caloocan station, as preparation for the Tutuban-Malolos railway, the first section of the railway line that will end at Clark in Pampanga. The line was reopened after the line was repaired due to water intrusion. According to claims by the Department of Transportation, it will be the most efficient way of travel between Caloocan and Makati. Services will continue operating until the completion of the Tutuban-Malolos Railway, after which the line will be mostly dedicated to cargo hauling. [3] Originally running from 10th Avenue to Dela Rosa, it was upgraded into the Caloocan-FTI shuttle service on September 10 (officially called the Sangangdaan-FTI shuttle service). On December 3, 2018, it was again extended to Acacia/Governor Pascual station, with plans to extend the service up to Valenzuela railway station, and poised to carry 120,000 passengers daily if completed. [4]

Past[edit]

Caloocan-Meycauayan Section[edit]

During the Metrotren era, Commuter Services was extended Northwards to Meycauayan, Bulacan on May 10, 1990, with the Caloocan to Meycauayan Extension of the services before it was abandoned in 1997 due to maintenance costs and inadequate services.

A part of this line was attempted to be revived, namely the stations up to Caloocan during the latter half of the 2000s, with the rest to be revived as part of the future Northrail. The DOTr reactivated the stations along Solis, 5th Avenue, 10th Avenue, Caloocan and Governor Pascual, which was disturbed due to the construction of NLEX Segment 10.1, for the Caloocan-Dela Rosa, Sangangdaan-FTI and Gov. Pascual-FTI shuttle as above-mentioned, and there are plans to rebuild the old lines to Valenzuela City and beyond to return full service revenue train stops to the CAMANAVA and potentially Bulacan area after many years.

Carmona Line[edit]

A spur line towards Carmona was opened on April 1, 1973 to serve the residents of the San Pedro-Carmona Resettlement Project, unfortunately, it fell into disuse, number of trips decreased and subsequently was abandoned. Plans are underway to renovate the line for a potential 2019 reopening, first for a 5th shuttle service and then towards a future return to revenue train services in the line.[5]

Shuttle Service[edit]

The Shuttle Service was introduced on January 27, 2014. This service uses Hyundai Rotem DMUs and JR KiHa 52. There are 4 routes of the Shuttle Service, where trains stop at all stations along the routes.

  1. Tutuban - Sucat
  2. Sucat - Tutuban
  3. Sta. Mesa - Sucat
  4. Sucat - Sta. Mesa

This train service was removed last May 23, 2014 to give way to maintenance servicing of the rolling stocks. Another reason was the 3 consecutive weeks of delays and cancellations of some train trips. The service officially returned to the line on August 1, 2018, this time, to serve from the 10th Avenue railway station up to the Dela Rosa railway station using a JR KiHa 350 DMU. An additional service, opening on September 10, operates from the reopened Caloocan railway station to the FTI railway station.

Premiere Train[edit]

The Premiere Train was a special MSC service that operates from Monday to Friday, except holidays. The train being used in this special service was the KiHa 59 "Kogane" train set, which is also from Japan. The train used to stop at selected stations only, namely Tutuban, Blumentritt, España, Sta. Mesa, Buendia, Pasay Road, EDSA (flagstop), Sucat, Alabang, San Pedro, Biñan, Santa Rosa, and Mamatid. The service had 4 trips: MSC501, MSC702, MSC1555, and MSC1802.

The service is currently suspended, due to the inauguration of the station building of Calamba (December 2014) and due to the repairs of the trainset being used for this service.

Plans[edit]

Reconstruction[edit]

The existing Metro Commuter Line will be reconstructed as an electrified standard-gauge full double-track line.[6][7] Funding for the project, which costs ₱131 billion, is provided by the Japan International Cooperation Agency, and is expected to serve 300,000 passengers a day at its initial year of operation.[6] The 55.6 kilometer railway will run from Solis in Manila to Calamba in Laguna.

Metro North Commuter restoration[edit]

Due to the predicted traffic gridlock in the metropolis, PNR has been steadily expanding the newly-restored Metro North Commuter to reestablish services previously lost due to neglect and aborted upgrades, and to give viable transportation alternatives. Apart from acquiring new rolling stock and the newly-restored Acacia (now Governor Pascual) station, Valenzuela is next in line for restoration, with a railroad bridge crossing Tullahan River requiring reconstruction, aimed for completion in 30-45 days upon approval.[8]

The restored lines will eventually be superseded by the North-South Commuter Railway, but will still serve as a redundant transportation alternative and will carry freight and cargo services.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ https://www.philstar.com/business/2018/12/22/1878902/pnr-rolling-coffins-languish-snail-paced-modernization
  2. ^ "PNR Official Site - Northbound & Southbound Timetable". Philippine National Railways. 2014-10-29. Retrieved 2016-09-05.
  3. ^ "IN PHOTOS:After 20 years, PNR reopens Caloocan-Makati Line". The Philippine Star. August 1, 2018. Retrieved August 5, 2018.
  4. ^ https://www.pna.gov.ph/articles/1077844
  5. ^ https://www.facebook.com/DOTrPH/posts/1186365421502592
  6. ^ a b Dela Paz, Chrissie (September 13, 2017). "NEDA Board approves Manila subway, longest railway". Rappler. Retrieved September 15, 2017.
  7. ^ Leyco, Chino S. (September 13, 2017). "NEDA Board approves big infra projects". Manila Bulletin. Retrieved September 15, 2017.
  8. ^ https://www.pna.gov.ph/articles/1077844

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