The Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC) has scheduled the bidding for the P1.4-billion Common Station project, also known as the Light Rail Transit (LRT) Line 1 North Extension Project, for August, as part of government efforts to address the chronic public transport shortage in the nation’s capital.
The Common Station at the TriNoma will connect the LRT-1, MRT-3, and the future MRT-7 line. The project will also involve construction of head-to-head platforms for LRT 1 and MRT 3 with a 147.4-meter elevated “walkalator” to MRT 7 on North Avenue.
“We will offer the Common Station for bidding after the bidding for the LRT 1 Cavite Extension because, if you recall, we included the design of the Common Station in the LRT 1 North Extension project,” DOTC Undersecretary for Legal Affairs and Procurement Jose Perpetuo Lotilla said in a mix of English and Tagalog.
When asked if the bidding would happen in August, he said, “Most likely, because if we offer LRT 1 Cavite extension for bidding on May 28, the bidding for the Common Station will be three months later.”
The South Extension Project, or the LRT 1 Cavite Extension project, will extend the present LRT-1 up to Bacoor in Cavite. The present rail line stretches 20.7 kilometers and has 21 stations from Roosevelt Avenue in Quezon City to Baclaran in Pasay City.
In March this year, the DOTC banned companies with pending disputes with the government to participate in the bidding for the P65-billion LRT-1 Cavite Extension project.
The entities that have submitted bids for this project are Light Rail Manila Consortium led by Metro Pacific Investments Corp., SMC Infra Resources Inc, Globalvia Inversiones S.A.U., Megawide Construction Corp., MTD Philippines Inc., DMCI Holdings Inc., and Ecorail Services Inc.
The Cavite extension project will add 11.7 kilometers of new rails with 10 more stations that will pass through the cities of Parañaque and Las Piñas and stretch up to Bacoor.
In November 2013, President Benigno Aquino 3rd and his Cabinet approved seven infrastructure projects worth more than P100 billion, including the construction of a common station that would link Metro Manila’s two overhead train services near the TriNoma mall in Quezon City.
Approved by the National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) board were the P62.7-billion Metro Rail Transit Line 7 (MRT 7) project; P64.9-billion Light Rail Transit Line 1 (LRT 1) South Extension Project; and the P1.4-billion LRT Line 1 North Extension Project.
LRT 1 currently runs from Baclaran to Roosevelt in Quezon City, while the MRT 3 runs from North Avenue in Quezon City to Taft Avenue in Pasay City.
The planned MRT 7 will begin at Tala, Caloocan City, passing through Lagro and Fairview, Novaliches, Batasan, Diliman, Philcoa, before ending at Edsa corner North Avenue. The railway will serve an estimated two million commuters in the northern parts of Quezon City and Caloocan City. This project will cover 14 stations.