Chinese Firm To Build The First Clark-Subic Bullet Train In The Philippines
The Philippines may soon join the ranks of Japan, South Korea, and Taiwan among the Asian countries with a high-speed rail system or bullet train.
On the sidelines of an inquiry by the House Transportation Committee, Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority (SBMA) Chairman Martin Diño revealed the country’s first-ever bullet train would be built between Subic in Zambales and Clark in Pampanga.
According to Diño, the bullet train project will be carried out through a public-private partnership with a Chinese company, but he did not name the firm.
Furthermore, Diño said discussions on the railway project were part of President Rodrigo Duterte’s state visit to China last October 18 to 21.
The Clark-Subic bullet train is among the topics President Duterte discusses with the Chinese when he visited China, according to the SBMA official.
“It is our first bullet train. Hopefully, magawa agad,” he told reporters.
High-speed trains usually operate at speeds of around 200 km per hour, while Japan’s famous bullet trains or shinkansen can run at maximum speeds of more than 300 km/h.
In comparison, trains of the Metro Rail Transit, Light Rail Transit, and Philippine National Railways run at average speeds of 40 km/h.
Source: GMA News