• DOTC seeks bidders for P2.2-B MRT-3 maintenance contract

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    The Department of Transportation Communications (DOTC) is looking for potential bidders for the P2.2-billion three-year maintenance service contract for Metro Rail Transit Line 3 (MRT-3).

    The MRT-3 is DOTC’s integrated strategy to alleviate the traffic congestion along the EDSA corridor.

    Completed in July 2000, the MRT-3 carries about 600,000 passengers daily on its 17-kilometer route.

    In a bid bulletin, DOTC said, “To ensure that the MRT-3 System operates under safe running conditions with on-time and reliable performance in providing convenience to all passengers, while still effectively maintaining cost at a minimum level, the DOTC MRT-3 is inviting bidders for the three-year Maintenance Service Provider contract.”

    DOTC said that a pre-bid conference will be held on September 9, 2014. Bids must be delivered on or before October 13 and bid opening is also set for October 13, 2014.

    The DOTC said it reserves the right to accept or reject any bid, to annul the bidding process, and to reject all bids at any time prior to contract award, without incurring any liability to the affected bidder or bidders.

    Earlier, MRT spokesperson Attorney Hernando Cabrera said that the existing maintenance contract for MRT 3 is about to be terminated.

    Cabrera said the maintenance contract awarded to Autre Porte Technique Global Inc. (APT) is about to expire.

    The DOTC awarded the one-year maintenance contract for the MRT3 to APT in September 2013.

    The MRT-3 management assures the public that it will continue its efforts to improve the train system.

    It said that  from 2015 to 2017, 48 brand-new coaches will be delivered in tranches to address the overcapacity of MRT-3.

    Under the procurement contract, the train supplier has 18 months, or until the third quarter of 2015, to deliver its prototype unit for testing before the rest of the light rail vehicles (LRVs) arrive on a monthly basis.

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