PNR extends line to Los Baños, features train with reclining seats

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, December 5) – Commuters from Los Baños, Laguna now have an option to take the Philippine National Railways (PNR) after the railway firm formally added a new train set and extended its rail services to accommodate riders.

The PNR said new stations past Calamba station were formally opened to the public since December 1. These are Pansol, Masili, Los Baños town proper, and the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI).

Alongside this, a new Kogane train set from Japan has been included in the PNR's main line, which comprises three coaches and reclining seats to accommodate 81 passengers.

The train also has stowable tables, leg rests, and a comfort room.

The fare from Tutuban to IRRI is at P150.

More trains coming

PNR General Manager Junn Magno said tests have been conducted to ensure the smooth-running operations of the extended services, and that they will increase trip frequency in time for the holidays when ridership improves.

"Our engineering department has certified the line to be passable, and our Operations and Rolling Stock departments made the necessary preparation for the extension of the service,” Magno said.

Two new train sets from Indonesia will arrive next week, the DOTr said. These will be included in the PNR line under the Tutuban – FTI and Malabon – FTI routes.

The PNR ordered a total of 37 rail cars from Indonesia. A total of seven train sets of four and five-car configurations are set to be delivered from December 2019 to February 2020.