Govt bids out P3.7-b MRT expansion
The Transportation Department will bid out the P3.7-billion capacity expansion project of the Metro Rail Transit Line 3, after talks with the Czech Republic and Spain failed to advance.
The 16.9-kilometer MRT Line 3 stretches from North Avenue in Quezon City to Taft Avenue in Pasay City. The government plans to acquire more light rail vehicles to accommodate the rising number of MRT passengers.
The department said in an invitation to bid the capacity expansion project would involve the purchase of light rail vehicles, upgrade of traction power substations and signaling system, installation of additional stabling tracks and catenary system in the depot and improvement of depot maintenance equipment and workshops.
The government set the pre-bid conference on March 7. Interested bidders have until March 22 to submit their proposals.
The bidding will be divided in two parts, of which the first phase involves the purchase of additional 48 light rail vehicles that will use four-car trains that arrive every 2.5 minutes.
“This will enhance passenger convenience, improve reliability, reduce passengers’ waiting time, and decongest crowded passenger platforms,” the agency said.
The agency cited the need to acquire more light rail vehicles to accommodate nearly 600,000 passengers who take the MRT 3 train system.
The 73 Czech-made train cars at present are designed to accommodate only 350,000 passengers a day.
“At present, the MRT 3 has a fleet of 73 train cars. During peak hours, it uses three-car trains that arrive every three minutes. As such, there is an obvious lack of trains to meet the demand,” the Transportation Department said.
The expansion project will increase the present three-car train configuration to a four-car train and shorten the gap between arrivals to 2.5 minutes from 3 minutes.
MRT 3 trains run at a maximum speed of 65 kilometers, taking 30 minutes to fetch and unload passengers at 13 stations.
The second part of the project involves the electromechanical works, such as communications and signaling system.
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