As of March 28, 2024, commuters in Taguig, have found a new lifeline amidst the suspension of the Philippine National Railways (PNR) operations.

With the temporary halt of the PNR Metro Commuter Line affecting crucial routes connecting Governor Pascual (Malabon) to Tutuban (Manila) and Tutuban to Alabang (Muntinlupa City), commuters were left scrambling for alternative modes of transportation. However, the Department of Transportation (DOTr) has stepped in with a solution: the PNR Augmentation Bus service.

The suspension of PNR services, announced on March 8, 2024, by the DOTr, was deemed necessary to facilitate the expedited construction of the North-South Commuter Railway (NSCR) System in Metro Manila. This temporary measure was aimed at preventing disruptions and ensuring passenger safety during the construction phase. The impact of the suspension was felt across various PNR stations, including those in Alabang, Sucat, Bicutan, Nichols, EDSA, Pasay Road, Dela Rosa, Vito Cruz, San Andres, Paco, Tutuban, and Governor Pascual.

However, recognizing the inconvenience posed by the suspension, particularly to commuters in areas like Bicutan, the DOTr swiftly introduced the PNR Augmentation Bus service. This initiative aimed to mitigate the disruptions caused by the temporary halt in PNR operations.

In June 2023, they also announced the opening of FTI-Divisoria and Malabon-Divisoria routes but haven't yet in operation as of writing.

The PNR Augmentation Bus service consists of 25 bus units covering a round trip distance of 26.4 kilometers. These buses are strategically deployed to cater to commuters affected by the suspension, providing them with an alternative means of transportation. The estimated travel time for this route is between one to two hours, depending on the regular flow of traffic.

What's notable about this alternative is its direct connection from Bicutan to Tutuban, effectively bridging the gap left by the suspension of PNR services. This development has been welcomed by commuters who rely on public transportation to navigate their daily lives.

For residents and workers in Taguig, this new transit option offers convenience and accessibility. Taguigeños may now go to Bicutan Exit (SLEX) to catch a trip from the PNR Bus going north straight to Divisoria. The fare is Php 49.00. For schedule and stops, please visit this PNR Bus guide.

As the construction of the NSCR System progresses, the DOTr continues to monitor and adapt transit solutions to minimize inconvenience to commuters. The introduction of the PNR Augmentation Bus service underscores the government's commitment to providing reliable and efficient public transportation, even in the face of temporary challenges.


IMPORTANT NOTE: ang Taguigeño blog ay hindi konektado sa anumang account ng Taguig City government. Ito ay nabuo upang maghatid ng napapanahong balita at impormasyon para sa lahat ng Taguigeño.

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