The Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC) is anticipating it will be able to issue a Notice of Award for the Operation and Maintenance (O&M) of Light Rail Transit Line 2 (LRT-2) in January 2016, the department said on Friday.
A first round of one-on-one consultations with pre-qualified bidders was held August 6 and 7, with a second round to follow on October 1 and 2. Bid submission for the project will be in December, ahead of a planned start date in the second quarter of 2016.
The DOTC said that four interested bidders are pre-qualified for the LRT2 O&M project, including the Aboitiz-SMRT Transportation Consortium; the DMCI-Tokyo Metro Co. Ltd. Consortium; the LRM2 Consortium; and the SMC-Korail Consortium.
LRT-2 is a 13.8-kilometer mass transit line that traverses the cities of Pasig, Marikina, Quezon, San Juan and Manila.
In June, the construction of the LRT Line 2 East Extension Project was started.
The project, which will add 4.2 kilometers to the eastern end of the line to Masinag in Antipolo City, will be operational by the third quarter of 2017.
It is expected to cater to an additional 75,000 daily passengers living in the densely populated areas of Rizal.
The Masinag Extension project covers the construction of a four-kilometer elevated viaduct from Santolan, Pasig City to Masinag, Antipolo City. Two additional stations will be built: the Emerald Station in Cainta, Rizal, and the Masinag Station at the Masinag Junction in Antipolo City.
Meanwhile, another railway extension project, this time on the western end, is now also in the pipeline after having been approved by the National Economic Development Authority (NEDA) Board last month.
Officially called the LRT-2 West Extension Project, this project will extend the line from its current end-station in Recto to Pier 4 in Manila.