(Infographic courtesy of DOTr)

MANILA – The public can start taking the San Pablo - Lucena line of the Philippine National Railways (PNR) starting June 25, when it opens almost a decade after its last operation in October 2013.

The Department of Transportation (DOTr) said the rail line--a 44-kilometer inter-provincial rail line connecting Lucena City in Quezon province and San Pablo City in Laguna--will shorten a one-hour drive to a 30-minute train journey.

"Hindi po ito tsismis lang. Totoo po na bubuksan na sa pangunguna ng ating mahal na Pangulong Rodrigo Roa Duterte at DOTr Secretary Art Tugade ang PNR San Pablo-Lucena line bukas! (It's not just gossip. We are indeed opening the PNR San Pablo - Lucena tomorrow, led by President Duterte and Secretary Tugade)," the DOTr said in a Facebook post Friday.

The route is part of the PNR Bicol Express that will link Metro Manila with the provinces in Southern Luzon.

The PNR Bicol--seen to be operational by 2027-- boasts of 560 kilometers of rails with 35 stations, passing through Manila and the provinces of Laguna, Quezon, Camarines Sur, Albay, an extension line in Sorsogon, and a branch line in Batangas. (PNA)