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PNR's 'Bicol Express' may resume operations Nov.24
The online news portal of TV5

MANILA, Philippines -- After almost two years of literally being 'off track,' the Philippine National Railways (PNR) is set to resume the operations of the Manila-Naga railway line as part of the Duterte administration's efforts to provide another means of transportation for commuters.

The PNR management will conduct an ocular inspection on November 18 to determine if it will be feasible to resume operations.

“If we find it safe for the conduct of regular trips, we will resume its operations on Nov. 24,” Department of Transportation (DOTr) public information officer Goddess Hope Libiran said in a text message to the Philippines News Agency.

PNR officials have earlier said that ongoing station development projects such as lengthening of platforms and provision of additional waiting areas are being conducted to ensure the convenience of passengers.

The PNR has been working for some years on restoring the Manila-Naga railway line otherwise known as the Bicol Express. As of September 2013, operations to the Bicol Region have been suspended because of typhoon damages to bridges.

The railway management hoped to reopen the Bicol Express Service by about September 2014. However, it was announced that the Bicol Express' resumption of services would be further delayed until October and November 2014 due to the damages brought by Typhoon Rammasun, known in the Philippines as Glenda.

The Bicol Express provides commuters an alternative mode of transportation that is very competitive in price and comfort with provincial buses.

PNR currently operates the Metro South Commuter (MSC) line that runs daily from Tutuban to Sta. Rosa in Laguna, as well as the Bicol Commuter that caters to passengers between Naga and Sipocot.