DOTC earmarks P25 M to buy add'l MRT-3 tickets

By Lawrence Agcaoili, The Philippine Star

Posted at Jul 21 2014 07:25 AM | Updated as of Jul 21 2014 05:33 PM

MANILA - The Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC) has earmarked P25 million for the additional magnetic tickets for the congested Metro Rail Transport line 3 (MRT3) along EDSA.

In an invitation to bid, the DOTC is asking interested bidders to submit bids for the supply and delivery of magnetic tickets for the MRT3 on or before Aug.6. The agency would hold a pre-bid conference for interested bidders on July 25.

“The DOTC now invites bids for the Supply and Delivery of Magnetic Tickets for the DOTC-MRT3. Delivery of magnetic tickets is required within 30 days after the issuance of Notice to Proceed,” the agency added.

According to the invitation, interested bidders should have completed within the last five years a contract similar to the project.

The DOTC is adopting an open competitive bidding procedure using non-discretionary pass or fail criteria as specified in the implementing rules and regulation of Republic Act 9184 or the Government Procurement Reform Act.

“Bidding is open to all interested bidders, whether local or foreign, subject to the conditions for eligibility provided in the IRR of RA 9184,” the DOTC said.

Last January, the DOTC awarded the P3.8 billion MRT3 capacity expansion project to China’s Dalian Locomotive and Rolling Stock Co. involving the acquisition of 48 brand new light rail vehicles.

The project would result in significant improvements to the railway’s services as four-car trains would arrive every 2.5 minutes from the current operation of three-car trains arriving every three minutes.

The congested mass transit system currently ferries close to 600,000 passengers a day compared to its original capacity of 350,000 per day.

The DOTC earlier said the Chinese company has committed to speed up the delivery of the brand new trains to improve the service of MRT3 within a period of two years instead of the three-year period allowed in the contract.

Private-owned Metro Rail Transit Corp. (MRTC) financed the construction of MRT3, a 16.9-kilometer modern rail system to stretch along EDSA from North Avenue in Quezon City to Taft Avenue in Pasay City.