MANILA, Philippines - The second phase of the Metro Rail Transit Line 3 (MRT) capacity expansion project will soon be underway.
The Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC) said it will bid out the P836.5 million contract to upgrade the MRT-3's ancillary systems next month.
The project comes after the DOTC signed the contract for the acquisition of 48 brand new train coaches from Dalian Locomotive & Rolling Stock of China.
"As we increase MRT-3’s capacity in order to improve its facilities and provide better services to more passengers, we need to upgrade its ancillary systems as well. With our policy of open and transparent bidding, we know that competition will lead to a more advantageous deal, and therefore, more savings for government," Transportation Secretary Joseph Abaya said.
The project involves the upgrade of the rail line's traction sub-power station, depot facilities and the construction of North Ave. turnback and Taft pocket track extension.
A pre-bid conference is scheduled on May 28. Interested bidders are given until June 11 to submit their bid proposals.
The acquisition of new trains and the upgrade of the ancilliary systems are part of the MRT-3's capacity expansion project.
The new train coaches will be delivered in monthly tranches starting 2015. Dalian has committed to delivering all 48 new units by mid-2016.
Also, the new contactless ticketing system for MRT-3 and LRT 1 and 2 is expected to be fully operational by September 2015.
"While our long-term upgrades are still on the way, we are also looking for quick improvements in the meantime. We have already extended operating hours in the morning, and are now experimenting with the viability of an Express Train service," Abaya said.