The Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC) is set to bid out the P1.4-billion Common Station Project in the third quarter of the year.
Transportation Undersecretary for Legal Affairs Jose Perpetuo M. Lotilla said that bidding for the common hub contract will be staged separately from the largest public-private partnership (PPP) project of the Aquino administration to date, despite the inclusion of its design component to the P64.9-billion Light Rail Transit Line 1 Cavite Extension deal.
This means that the common hub project will be auctioned off sometime in August, while the LRT 1 Cavite Extension contract will be tendered on May 28.
“We are going to bid out the common station after we have auctioned off the LRT 1 Cavite Extension,” Lotilla said. “So after that, we will proceed with the detailed engineering and design of the common station, then bid it out after three months.”
The cost for the common station deal will still be shouldered by the government, he said, as the contract is not included in the PPP pipeline.
The common hub, which will be built in front of TriNoma Mall in Quezon City, will link three mass-railway systems in Metro Manila, namely, LRT 1, Metro Rail Transit Line 3 (MRT 3) and the proposed MRT Line 7 (MRT 7).
The decision of the government to construct the infrastructure in front of the Ayala-owned mall came after studies showed that it would result in about P1-billion savings to the government, less urban blight and a faster construction of a turnback railway system.
The common station project also involves the construction of head-to-head platforms for LRT 1 and MRT 3 with a 147.4-meter elevated walkalator to MRT 7 on North Avenue.
At present, LRT 1 runs from Baclaran to Roosevelt in Quezon City, while the MRT 3 runs from North Avenue in Quezon City to Taft Avenue in Pasay City.
The P62.7-billion MRT 7 project, meanwhile, entails the construction of 14 train stations, starting from San Jose del Monte in Bulacan to North Avenue in Quezon City. The government is poised to award the multi-billion contract to San Miguel Corp. after reaching financial closure.