The Greater Capital Region (GCR) is composed of three (3) regions, Metro Manila, Central Luzon and CALABARZON. The Northeast Commuter Line is a transit system intended to provide connectivity between Makati City (Metro Manila) to Cabanatuan City (Nueva Ecija, Central Luzon). As such, it will not only address traffic congestion in Metro Manila, but also support the rapid economic growth of the northeastern section of the GCR. The transit line will utilize multiple existing rail alignments such as part of the PNR Mainline South from Makati to Tutuban, the PNR Mainline North from Tutuban to Clark and the Balagtas-Cabanatuan Spur Line alignment.
The joint venture of SYSTRA Philippines (SPI), Angel Lazaro and Associates International (ALAI), and Philkoei International Inc. (PKII) was tasked by the National Economic and Development Authority to conduct the Feasibility Study for the Northeast Commuter Line. The study will include among others, the following:
- Traffic demand analysis and forecast;
- Preliminary design (including design standards for the electromechanical and rolling stock requirements);
- Assessment of project costs (including capital expenses, operations and maintenance expenses, and other related costs);
- Financial and economic analysis;
- Most appropriate financing scheme for the project; and
- Legal and institutional analysis.