SBMA eyeing to build first bullet train in the Philippines

  • SBMA is eyeing to build a bullet train that will be connecting Subic, Zambales and Clark, Pampanga
  • The Chairman revealed that the Philippines’ first-ever bullet train would be built by a Chinese company
  • Clark-Subic bullet train is among the topics that would be part of President Duterte’s state visit to China

ZAMBALES, Philippines – Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority (SBMA) is eyeing to build a bullet train that will be connecting Subic, Zambales and Clark, Pampanga.

If this pushes through, the Philippines will be joining Japan, South Korea, and Taiwan among the Asian countries with a high-speed rail system.

SBMA Chairman Martin Diño, while attending the inquiry by the House transportation committee, revealed that the Philippines’ first-ever bullet train would be built through a public-private partnership with a Chinese company.

Marc Jayson Cayabyab mentioned in an article for Inquirer that Diño did not name the firm but revealed that the discussions on the railway project are ongoing.

An official from SBMA said that the Clark-Subic bullet train is among the topics that would be part of President Rodrigo Duterte’s state visit to China on October 18 to 21.

“It is our first bullet train. Hopefully, magawa agad [it gets done asap],” Diño said as quoted in an article by GMA.

High-speed trains usually run at a speed of around 200 kilometers per hour. Japan’s famous bullet trains, which are known as shinkansen, can operate at maximum speeds of more than 300 kilometers per hour.

In Manila, trains of the Metro Rail Transit, Light Rail Transit, and Philippine National Railways run at average speeds of 40 kilometers per hour.

In 2015, Japan Railways’ latest mag-lev bullet train just broke its own record as the fastest train in the world. The bullet train traveled at 603 kilometers per hour (374 mph); blowing through the previous speed of 590 kilometers per hour (366 mph).

 

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