The Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC) is inviting interested engineering consultants to bid for the P200-million detailed engineering design (DED) of the Light Rail Transit Line 2 west extension project.
DOTC said on Wednesday that it has begun the bidding process for the engineering consultancy services for the project.
“After recently breaking ground for the LRT-2 east extension, we are now moving to likewise extend the railway up to the Port Area to serve more riders,” DOTC Secretary Emilio Joseph Abaya said.
The LRT-2 west extension project was approved by the National Economic Development Authority (NEDA) Board last May.
It involves the design and construction of the 3.02-kilometer westward extension of the existing system from the current end-station in Recto, up to Pier 4. Three new stations will be constructed —Tutuban to be located next to the Cluster Mall; Divisoria to be located near the intersection of Recto Avenue and Asuncion Street; and Pier 4 to be located 50 meters north of Zaragoza Street.
The opening and submission of bids is scheduled to take place next month while awarding is targeted for the fourth quarter. Completion of the DED will take around four to six months, the DOTC said.
The DED will serve as the basis for the construction or civil works component of the project, which will be bid out once the DED is completed. It will cover the three stations, the tracks, the viaduct, and electromechanical requirements including five new four-car rolling stocks.
Last month, the DOTC and the Light Rail Transit Authority (LRTA) broke ground for the LRT-2 east extension project, which will extend the system by 4.2 kilometers to Masinag in Antipolo City.
The east extension of the LRT is targeted to be operational by the third quarter of 2017 and is expected to cater to an additional 75,000 passengers daily.