• Five groups qualify for rail ticket project

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    The Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC) said on Monday that five groups have submitted their bid documents for the P1.72-bil-lion Automated Fare Collection System (AFCS) for the rail systems of Met- ro Manila.

    The five bidders which submitted their bid documents were: AF Consortium, led by the Metro Pacific and the Ayala Group; Comworks Consortium, which includes Taiwan’s Kaohsiung Rapid Transit Corp.; E-Trans Solutions Joint Venture Inc. Consortium, which includes Eastwest Banking Corp.; Megawide-Suyen-Euro-link Consortium, which will tap the experience of Singapore’s EZ-Link Pte. Ltd.; and SM Consortium, led by several companies of the Sy family.

    In May 2013, five out of the nine consortia which sought to qualify for the AFCS Project were shortlisted by the DOTC and the Light Rail Tran- sit Authority.

    Meanwhile, the four disqualified groups were: Lamco Consortium; Mega Lucky United Consortium; MTD-PRLM Consortium and San Miguel Transport Solutions Consortium.

    The groups have also partnered with foreign companies with established experience in similar ticketing systems.

    The AFCS project aims to modernize the country’s transportation systems for more convenient, reliable and efficient services.

    It will upgrade the ticketing system of the Light Rail Transit Lines 1 and 2, and the Metro Rail Transit to a tap-and-go system, which will substantially lessen queuing time and allow seamless transfers from one rail line to another.

    The winning consortium will also have the option to expand this contactless card system to other businesses in and out of the transportation sector, such as in retail transactions.

    The DOTC aims to award the contract for this project by February next year, and is targeting full completion and implementation by the third quarter of 2015.

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