MRail plans extension of Mla-Laguna freight service to Batangas
A subsidiary of Manila Electric Co. (Meralco) is looking to extend its proposed freight train project covering Manila to Laguna up to Batangas.
In a statement, MRail Inc. said it signed a memorandum of understanding with the local government of Batangas for the conduct of a feasibility study on the extension of the freight train project from Calamba in Laguna to the Batangas International Port.
The feasibility study will look at the alignment of tracks and the viability of the rightof-way of Philippine National Railways (PNR).
MRail is looking to extend the project up to the Batangas Port as part of the vision to interconnect major ports in Luzon.
“The proposed MRail freight project in partnership with government and private sector partners, offers the potential of helping spur economic growth in the province and providing more jobs to the people of Batangas,” said Oscar Reyes, Meralco president and chief executive officer and MRail chairman.
Operated by Asian Terminals Inc., the Batangas Container Terminal is a major trading hub in Southern Luzon. It handles over 300,000 twentyfoot equivalent units annually.
MRAIL’s proposed freight train project which covers Tutuban up to the Laguna Gateway Inland Container Terminal operated by International Container Terminal Services Inc. in Calamba, and eventually to Batangas, seeks to allow seamless transport of containerized cargoes by moving them via railway instead of roads.
The project is expected to help improve traffic flow through the reduction of cargo trucks by at least 300 to 600 per day.
It is also part of the modernization and expansion program of PNR which aims to make the cargo rail system part of its service.