Construction of the P82 billion Mindanao Railway project is underway with partial operations targeted to begin in March next year.
The Department of Transportation on Wednesday inked a P3.08 billion management consultancy contract with China Railway Design Corp. (CRRDC) for the first phase of the Mindanao Railway Project covering the first 100 kometers of the proposed 1,500-km train line.
“I will be much happier on March 2022, when we see the actual partial operations of Tagum-Davao-Digos Mindanao Railway Project,” Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade said during the virtual signing ceremony.
Once completed, travel time from Tagum City, Davao del Norte to Digos City, Davao del Sur will be reduced from 3.5 hours to 1.3 hours.
There will be eight 8 train stations — Tagum, Carmen, Panabo, Mudiang, Davao Terminal, Toril, Sta. Cruz and Digos.
Upon full completion, the DOTr expects the daily ridership of the Tagum-Davao-Digos segment to increase to 134,060 by 2022.
Daily ridership is seen to further increase to 237,023 by 2032 and 375,134 by 2042.
The Mindanao Railway is funded by an official development assistance from China.