Things are looking up for Filipino commuters as the Philippine National Railways (PNR) continues to extend its services farther down south of the metro.

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You may recall that the PNR began conducting test runs and clearing operations last week in preparation for the opening of the Metro South Commuter Train's 25th station in Los Baños. The said train previously ran from Tutuban to Calamba, and will now soon see its route reach deeper into the province of Laguna.

That's not the end of it, though, because the Department of Transportation (DOTr) reports that the PNR has also recently conducted an inspection trip that left Manila for Bicol on September 20 and returned to the metro on September 23. The return trip from Naga to Tutuban took only 12 hours and 44 minutes in total-or three hours faster than the usual trip across the same route. You can check out the DOTr's official Facebook post below for more details:

The 60-year-old Kiha KH59 'Kogane' train was used for the trip, which the DOTr says was also in preparation for the reopening of the Sipocot-Naga-Legazpi route. The agency, however, did not specify exactly when these new routes will be opened and when the Bicol-Manila trips will be available to the public.

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What do you think of the PNR's current progress? More important, are you looking forward to riding these trains soon?

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