• LRT6 pre-qualification postponed

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    The transportation department has pushed back the submission of pre-qualification documents for the Bacoor to Dasmariñas, Cavite Light Rail Transit Line 6 (LRT6) in order to allow bidders more time to prepare the necessary documents.

    The submission of pre-qualification documents was originally scheduled this coming Friday, May 12. But the Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC) advised the bidders that the submission will instead be on June 2.

    DOTC noted that all submissions must be made no later than 10:30 a.m. on June 2, at the DOTC offices in Wack-Wack, Mandaluyong City.

    Earlier this year, DOTC disclosed the working timeline for the P65.09 billion LRT6 project, which is under the public-private partnership (PPP) program.

    The transport department optimistically said that the rail line to serve commuters traveling to Cavite would most likely be awarded to the winning bidder by year-end.

    However, private companies that purchased bid documents for the project said the timeline seem to be rushed.

    Metro Pacific Light Rail Corp (MPLRC), a unit of Metro Pacific Investments Corp. (MPIC), and San Miguel Holdings Corp. (SMC) are among the bidders who acquired bid documents.

    According to DOTC’s original timeline, the submission of pre-qualification documents should have been done by April, with the DOTC issuing a pre-qualification notice this month, along with instruction to bidders (ITB) documents. Ideally, technical opening of the bids should take place in August, with the financial opening following in September, after which the DOTC would release the notice of award (NOA). The concession agreement signing would then follow in October.

    The LRT Line 6 Project is a proposed 19-kilometer railway from Niog, Bacoor (the terminus of the LRT 1 CAVEX extension) to Dasmariñas City. The proposed ROW alignment is along the Aguinaldo Highway with seven stations at Niog, Tirona, Imus, Daang Hari, Salitran, Congressional Avenue, and Governor’s Drive.

    Under a 30-year concession agreement, the private partner will finance, design, construct, operate and maintain, and procure the rolling stock for the LRT system.

    The LRT6 will be connected to the LRT1 Cavite Extension which is a project bagged by Light Rail Manila Corp. (LRMC), a consortium composed of Metro Pacific Investments Corp.’s Metro Pacific Light Rail Corp. (MPLRC), Ayala Corp.’s AC Infrastructure Holdings Corp. (AC Infra), and the Philippine Investment Alliance for Infrastructure’s Macquarie Infrastructure Holdings (Philippines) PTE Ltd. (MIHPL).

    LRMC currently operating the LRT Line 1, the rail line that runs from Bacalaran to Roosevelt Avenue. It will soon be extended all the way to Cavite via the LRT1 Cavite Extension connector line.

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