THE Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC) has set a second round of talks for early next month with interested bidders for the operation and maintenance (O&M) of the Light Rail Transit Line 2 (LRT-2).
A first round of one-on-one consultations with pre-qualified bidders was held August 6 and 7 and a second round will follow on October 5 and 9.
In a bid bulletin, the DOTC said it has set a December 2015 deadline for the submission of bids for the O&M contract of LRT-2, with the Notice of Award set to be issued in January 2016.
“Since bid submission date is scheduled for December this year, award should be within January 2016,” DOTC spokesperson Michael Arthur Sagcal said in a text message.
The DOTC said that four interested bidders are pre-qualified for the LRT2 O&M project, namely: 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, construction of the LRT Line 2 East Extension Project was started. The project will add 4.2 kilometers to the eastern end of the line to Masinag in Antipolo City and is set to 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 an 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 at Recto to Pier 4 in Manila.