Proposed Railway System for Central Luzon

Central Luzon could be receiving one massive investment on transport infrastructure and possibly, augment its basic yet crucial mobility requirements. Just recently, 2nd district of Northern Luzon region Rep. Joseph Gilbert Violago filed House Bill 5062 titled:
  An Act Creating the Central Luzon Railways Corporation
The Bill proposes the construction of a 2-phased railway network within a 10-year period. The 1st phase would be covering the city of Angeles City, Muñoz and Guimba town, Victoria town and Tarlac City, while the 2nd phase have the network to pass through Tarlac City to Capas, up to its intended last station in the Clark Freeport Zone in Pampanga.

The proposed railway network corporation will basically own and operate the system, outside of the management coverage of the Land Transportation Office and the Philippine National Railways. The firm shall have a;
..capital stock of P1 billion divided into P10 million shares at a par value of P100 each which will be fully subscribed by the National Government. Some 40 percent of the P1 billion or P400 million will be initially paid-up and the balance will be paid from a continuing annual appropriation of not less than P200 million. (philstar.com)
This Northrail project is eyed to partly replace the North Main Line but due to some pending legal issues, including technical and administrative anomalies under scrutiny, some doubts have been lingering on the way.

With all that, this infrastructure is hoped to bring about agricultural boom by potentially connecting Pangasinan and La Union. It may use the already existing McArthur Highway in the western or the Pan-Philippine Highway in the east - routes where people and goods pass through going to the greater Manila.

Furthermore, this project hopes to compensate on the already neglected and mismanaged PNR, which used to operate a 479-kilometer railway system, serving 1) La Union up to the Bicol region 2) Bulacan, Pampanga, Tarlac, Nueva Ecija, Pangasinan by its North Main Laine and 3) La Union and Batangas by its South Main Line.

Source: http://www.philstar.com

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