PNR rolls out bid process for railway expansion

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The Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC) on Tuesday has called for bidders for the P144.38 million project to add a second railway to the existing railroad track connecting the Sucat and Alabang train stations of the Philippine National Railways.

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The project, which the Transport Department hopes to start by the third quarter of this year, aims to add 3.97 kilometers of track to the PNR’s existing railway.

At present, only the railway from Tutuban to Sucat are double tracked.

According to the DOTC’s bid bulletin, interested bidders may purchase bid documents for the project beginning today.

A pre-bid conference which will be open to all interested parties is scheduled for May 26, while the submission and opening of bids are set for June 9.

The winning bidder will have 200 calendar days to complete the project.

The state-owned PNR has temporarily suspended its operations following the April 29 derailment incident near the Magallanes station. PNR is still investigating the incident.

The investigation is expected to yield a precise inventory of missing or needed parts such as rail joints, angle bars, and rail clips–which will then be procured and installed in order to allow the PNR to resume its operations as soon as possible.

Prior to the incident, the railway system had been servicing the Tutuban-Calamba route daily.

The PNR is also expecting the arrival in the next few weeks of two second-hand trains which was donated by Japan.

Aside from the replacement of missing parts and the construction of a double-track railway, the PNR is planning to extend the roofing of its terminals, install turnstiles in major stations, and fixing of toilets for passenger use.

The improvements are targeted for completion by the end of 2015 or early 2016.

Meanwhile, the DOTC is scheduled to begin the procurement process for its long-term solution to revitalize the PNR later this month.

The project, called the North-South Railway Project, aims to revive PNR’s services from Malolos to Tutuban as its North Line and Tutuban to Legazpi City as its South Line by the end of 2020.

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