Passengers of the Metro Rail Transit Line 3 (MRT-3) will soon see improvements as the Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC) has awarded maintenance contracts for four of seven disciplines or components of the rail system.
“By directly engaging these companies through the multi-discipline approach, the MRT-3 system should have faster access to spare parts. This will translate to better reliability for the rail line,” DOTC spokesperson Michael Arthur Sagcal said in a text message.
The four new maintenance providers were procured via a multi-disciplinary approach through which the DOTC is engaging sub-contractors directly for the maintenance works. This is expected to improve the efficiency of executing such works, the agency said.
The four disciplines are: Rail Tracks and Permanent Ways, Buildings and Facilities, Communications Systems, and Ticketing or the current automated fare collection system.
The Rail Tracks and Permanent Ways contract, worth P23.9 million, was awarded to the Jorgman-Korail-Erin Marty Joint Venture, for general maintenance.
The Buildings and Facilities contract, worth P23.35 million, was awarded to Global Epcom Services Inc. for the maintenance of stations, depot and other infrastructure.
The Communications Systems contract, worth P7.28 million, was awarded to Trilink Technologies Inc. for the upgrade and maintenance of communications systems to improve operations coordination.
The Ticketing contract, worth P6.95 million, was awarded to Future Logic Corp. for the maintenance and general management of all AFCS (automatic fare collection system) equipment systems, software and spare parts.
The maintenance contracts cover a six-month period beginning July 5 this year, and are intended to fulfill the MRT-3’s daily operating requirements until the longer-term maintenance provider is procured.
The DOTC has twice bid out the three-year maintenance contract–once in September 2014 and again in January 2015–but both auctions failed due to the non-participation of potential bidders.
The DOTC is now seeking the approval of the Government Procurement Policy Board (GPPB) to pursue an alternative mode of procurement for the three-year maintenance deal.
The DOTC said the three other disciplines are still being procured. These are: Rolling Stocks and Depot Equipment, Power Supply and Overhead Catenary System, and Conveyance Systems.