The Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC) said that it has sent a team to China to scout if the company that submitted a bid for the modernization of Metro Rail Transit 3 (MRT-3) line project can comply with the terms and reference (TOR) set by the government.
Transportation and Communicatins Secretary Joseph Emilio Aguinaldo Abaya said that, “Dailan Locomotive and Rolling Stock Co. CNR Group is the lone company that submitted a bid for the MRT-3 project in June.”
Abaya added that once Dalian Locomotive’s bid is approved, the DOTC expects new trains to be delivered by 2016.
The MRT-3 expansion project aims to add 48 light rail vehicles (LRVs) to the existing system.
DOTC said that this will decongest the system by allowing more cars to operate at faster intervals, especially during the rush hours.
The MRT-3 is Metro Manila’s third rapid transit line. It forms part of the Manila Light Transit System Line 1 and Manila Light Rail Transit System Line 2.
Data from Metro Rail Transit Authority (MRTA) showed that 54.81 million commuters took the MRT-3 from January to April 2012, or 8.79 percent more than the 50.38 million in the same period of 2011.
This translates to an average daily ridership of 456,755 in 2012, higher than the service’s capacity of 350,000 a day.