By ANALIZA S MACATANGAY
NAGA CITY: The Philippine National Railways (PNR) Mayon Limited has completed its test run plying the five-hour trip from this city en route to the Legazpi City and another three-hour travel vice versa.
In a press conference prior to the test run, PNR spokesman Paul De Quiros said that PNR manager Jun Ragrario has instructed his team to fast track the rehabilitation efforts to realize the train’s Southbound trip this coming March.
“GM Ragrario really wants this route completed as soon as possible to serve as alternative route for commuters,” De Quiros stated.
The full operation of the train transportation would benefit regular commuters particularly those working in Legazpi City with the current condition of the Pawili Bridge in Bula, Camarines Sur which is now undergoing repair and rehabilitation.
The project is also pursuant to the government’s commitment for the total rehabilitation of the railways and provision of safe and convenient transportation alternative to the riding public.
PNR Camarines Sur spokesperson Armi Asur-Gagnon meanwhile said that the management is hopeful that the ordinary train trip will start its operation on the first week of March.
“The PNR management is really looking forward to the Legazpi-Naga train trips but we would like to reiterate our call for those living along the rail roads to strictly adhere to the three-meter distance. We have constantly reminded them about this for their own safety,” Gagnon added.
The ordinary three-coach train has a 240-sitting capacity and well-ventilated seats allotted for comfortable travel.
It also offers a cheaper fare of P82 and a minimum of one a half hour travel from this city to Legaspi City and vice versa. First trip schedule will be 5am from Naga station then 10.30am vice versa.
The second trip will leave at 2pm from the Naga Station and will again leave Legaspi station at 5pm. - PIA5