Tutuban railway station

Tutuban Station, also known as the Manila Station or Divisoria Station is the main train station of the Philippine National Railways (PNR) located in the City of Manila, Philippines.

 Tutuban 
Philippine National Railways
Exterior of the PNR Executive Building on Mayhaligue Street, which currently serves as the Tutuban railway station terminal.
Other namesManila, Tayuman, Divisoria
LocationPNR Executive Building, Mayhaligue Street
Tondo, Manila
Coordinates14.6114°N 120.9732°E / 14.6114; 120.9732
Owned byDepartment of Transportation
Philippine National Railways
Line(s)Northrail (1891-1997), Southrail, Antipolo line (defunct), North shuttle line
Platforms3 island platforms
Tracks6
Construction
Disabled accessYes
Other information
Station codeTU (commuter)
MA (intercity)
History
OpenedMarch 24, 1891
Rebuilt1996
Services
Preceding station   PNR   Following station
Metro North CommuterTerminus
TerminusMetro South Commuter
toward Calamba
Bicol Express
toward Legazpi

The name refers to two stations: the original Tutuban station, which today forms part of the Tutuban Center Mall, and the PNR Executive Building, which houses PNR offices and serves as the current terminus of all PNR services.

History

As part of the "Ferrocarril de Manila-Dagupan" or Manila-Dagupan Line, which constitutes much of the North Main Line today. The cornerstone of the main station building at Tutuban was laid on 31 July 1887.[1] The railway was 195 kilometers long at the time of its opening on November 24, 1892, running from Manila to Dagupan City in Pangasinan. The Manila Railroad Company was changed to the corporate name Philippine National Railways due to the enactment of the Republic Act No. 4156.[2]

In 1988, PNR evaluated the possibility of renting 22 hectares of land to Tutuban at Claro M. Recto in response to the challenges of development and help promote the site to be the center of trade. PNR implemented the first part of the master development plan of Tutuban Properties, Inc. in 1991, and later entrusted the management and development of the land. The Tutuban Center Mall was formally inaugurated to the public led by Fidel V. Ramos on February 21, 1994.

The following years has witnessed the continued efforts among PNR, Tutuban Properties, Inc. and the Philippine Government to advance the methods of travel by reorganizing the overall railroad system, improve the civic and business buildings around the Tutuban, and keep emphasis on history. The development of PNR Plaza is a step to verify the cause of reactivating the overall railroad system as one method of travel and trading.

The Tutuban Station Executive Building was inaugurated on May 30, 1996.

The Tutuban station will be renovated to become more transit-oriented and a newer station will be built for the North–South Commuter Railway while the 1996 station will serve only the Manila-Legazpi long-haul provincial services if revived. According to a presentation by JICA in 2019, the old station building nicknamed the "Heritage Building" will be once more included to a transport-oriented mixed-development zone. Therefore, the Tutuban Center Mall that sits on the area of the station will be removed. It will also connect to the LRT Line 2 extension project for easier commuting.

Station layout

L1
Platforms
Platform A PNR Metro Commuter towards Calamba or Depot (→)
Island platform, doors will open on either the left or the right
Platform A PNR Metro Commuter towards Alabang or Depot (→)
Platform B PNR Metro Commuter towards Alabang or Depot (→)
Island platform, doors will open on either the left or the right
Platform B PNR Metro Commuter towards Alabang or Depot (→)
Platform C PNR Metro Commuter towards Alabang or Depot (→)
Island platform, doors will open on either the left or the right
Platform C PNR Metro Commuter towards Governor Pascual or Depot (→)
L1 Concourse Ticket Booths, Station Control, shops, Depot, Main Office, Bicycle, Bus, FX, Jeepney, Taxi and Tricycle Transport Terminal

See also

References

  1. "Philippine National Railways; Main Lines on Luzon". Geocities. Retrieved 3 May 2014.
  2. "PNR in Philippine History". Philippine National Railways. Archived from the original on 19 February 2015. Retrieved 3 May 2014.
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