Bidding for new MRT train coaches set on March 22

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Feb 22 2013 12:13 PM | Updated as of Feb 22 2013 08:13 PM

MANILA, Philippines - The government is set to bid out the P3.8-billion contract for the supply of 48 new light rail vehicles for the Metro Rail Transit Line 3 (MRT-3) on March 22.

In an invitation to bid, the DOTC said a pre-bid conference has been slated on March 7 as interested bidders are given until March 22 to submit their proposals.

The new coaches are expected to improve the service of the train system, which carries around 600,000 passengers a day despite its load limit of 350,000 daily.

"During peak hours, MRT-3 uses three-car trains that arrive every three minutes. As such, there is an obvious lack of trains to meet the demand," the bid bulletin read.

"This (the 48 new train coaches) will enhance passenger convenience, improve reliability, reduce passengers’ waiting time, and decongest the crowded passenger platforms."

Apart from the new train coaches, the project also involves the improvement of MRT-3's traction power substations and signaling system, and new stabling tracks and catenary system in the depot.