Philippines’ First Bullet Train: Clark-Metro Manila

The $1.43-billion (53 billon) Metro Rail Transit Line 7 (MRT-7) and the $3-billion (123 billon) Clark-Metro Manila Bullet Train Project will be constructed under Built-Operate-Transfer (BOT) schemes, the National Economic Development Authority (NEDA) said.

The Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) will finance the $1.23-billion Metro Rail Transit Line 7 (MRT-7).

The initial construction will be put up in Barangay Tala in San Jose Del Monte. The new MRT line will run through Fairview, Commonwealth Avenue, Quezon City Memorial Circle and North EDSA. The final station will be constructed in the Paramount theater in front of SM North EDSA and the Triangle of North Manila (TriNoMa) mall.

NEDA added that the new lane will be connected to the now operational LRT-MRT Closing Loop Interconnection Project. Once the MRT-7 Line is completed, the Paramount Station will be a Mega Rail Station. 

Philippines will soon have its first high-speed rail transit (bullet train) after Manny Pangilinan’s Metro Pacific Investments Corporation (MPIC) expresses its intention to finance the $3-billion project.   

The bullet train will run between the lanes of North Luzon Expressway (NLEX) and will connect Clark International Airport to Makati or Manila. 

When completed, the new transport system will shorten the 2-hour Manila to Clark travel time to 45 minutes. 

Clark International Airport Corp. (CIAC) said the project will be called "Express Airport Trains." 

The bullet trains' planned stopovers are Balintawak or near TriNoMa or SM North in Quezon City; Manila like Dimasalang or University of Sto. Tomas; and Makati at Buendia Avenue. 

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