- The 830-kilometer Mindanao Railway Project will start construction by 3rd quarter of 2018
- The first segment of the project is expected to be completed in 2021
- The first segment will have 8 stations
After several feasibility studies, the first segment of the Mindanao Railway Project of the Duterte administration will be constructed beginning the third quarter (Q3) of next year.
According to the Department of Transportation (DOTr), the design and construction of the first segment of the 830-kilometer Mindanao Railway Project will begin by 3rd quarter of next year and is expected to be completed by end of 2021.
The first segment, which is called Mindanao Railway Project: Tagum, Davao, Digos (MRP-TDD), is expected to reduce travel time from Tagum City, Davao del Norte to Digos City, Davao del Sur by more than two hours. From the current 3.5 hours travel time, it will be reduced to only 1.3 hours once it starts operations in 2022.
As mentioned in Sun Star, the MRP-TDD segment will have eight stations which will be in Tagum City, Carmen, Panabo City, Mudiang, Davao terminal, Toril, Sta. Cruz, and Digos.
The rail line will be built with a single track, but with provisions for future tracks and electrification, as per the DOTr.