12 firms keen on LRT 2 contract

Twelve companies have obtained pre-qualification documents to bid for the right to operate and maintain the Light Rail Transit Line 2 project, including its extension to Masinag, Antipolo City for a period of 10 to 15 years.

The PPP Center, which is in charge of monitoring the public-private infrastructure projects, said a dozen of companies showed up at the pre-qualification conference for the Manila LRT Line 2 operations and maintenance contract Tuesday.

The project will include operating and maintaining the existing 13.8-km line, a 4.19-km extension with two stations to Masinag, Antipolo City and other future extensions.

About 200,000 passengers use LRT Line 2, a 13.8-km rail line with 11 stations, from C.M. Recto Ave. in Manila to Santolan, Pasig City each day.

The PPP Center said foreign and local companies such as RATP Dev of France, TUV Rheinland of Germany, Hyundai Rotem Company of South Korea, MTR Corp. Ltd. of Hong Kong, Marubeni Corp. of Japan, SMRT Corp. of Singapore, Miescorrail Inc. of Manila Electric Co., Aboitiz Equity Ventures, DMCI Holdings Inc. and AC Infrastructure Holdings Corp. of Ayala Corp. sent representatives to the pre-qualification conference.

The Transportation Department invited the companies to raise questions and clarify matters before the project’s bids and awards committee.

Transportation Undersecretary and PBAC chairman Jose Perpetuo Lotilla cited the importance of the PPP project during the conference.  “In line with the government’s objective to make everything more efficient, more nimble and address the needs of the people in Metro Manila—this project was conceived and being offered to the private sector to do the operation and maintenance,” he said.

The Transportation Department gave prospective bidders until Nov. 20, 2014 to submit their qualification documents. It said it expected to give the notice for pre-qualified bidders on Dec. 20, 2014 while the submission of final bid documents would be in May or June next year.

The department earlier awarded the LRT Line 1 Cavite extension, operation and maintenance contract to Light Rail Manila Consortium, composed of Ayala Corp. and Metro Pacific Investments Corp.

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