LRT 1 Cavite Extension Project worth P 60 .63 Billion

The LRT Line 1 South Extension Project aims to provide rapid and reliable access to and from the densely populated residential sub-urban communities south of Manila, and the various strategic commercial, industrial, and educational districts in Metro Manila. Savings in travel time and costs will make the mobility of people and goods in the area significantly faster and less costly. The project aims to increase average weekday ridership from 560,000 to 820,000 passengers in 2015.

The project involves the construction of an approximate length of 11.7 km from the terminus of the LRT Line 1 at the Baclaran Terminal, to the Niyog Station at Bacoor, Cavite; of which approximately 10.5 km will be elevated and 1.2 km will be at-grade. The whole stretch of the integrated LRT 1 with total length of approximately 32.4 km will be operated and maintained by the private proponent.

Bidders for the Department of Transportation and Communications’ (DOTC) first public-private partnership (PPP) project, the P 60-Billion LRT Line 1 – Cavite Extension Project, are scheduled to submit their technical and financial proposals to the transport agency and the Light Rail Transit Authority (LRTA) tomorrow, August 15, 2013.

“This is a major milestone in the DOTC’s push to modernize the LRT system and to improve the delivery of convenient and efficient services to the people,” said DOTC spokesperson Michael Arthur Sagcal.

During the prequalification activity for held last October 4, groups were declared eligible to participate in the bid. These are the Ayala and Metro Pacific-led Light Rail Manila Consortium; San Miguel’s SMC Infra Resources, Inc.; DMCI Holdings, Inc. of the Consunjis; and MTD-Samsung Consortium of Malaysia and Korea.

At tomorrow’s bid submission, technical proposals will be opened by the DOTC-LRTA Special Bids and Awards Committee (BAC), which will then have up to 30 days to evaluate the same. Once completed, the BAC will open and evaluate the financial proposals of bidders who pass the technical requirements of the project. The winning bidder will be determined within 15 days thereafter. In all, it will take a maximum of 45 days from tomorrow to announce the winner.

The project will extend the current LRT-1 line from its present end-station in Baclaran to parts of Parañaque, Las Piñas, and Cavite. It involves an 11.7-kilometer expansion which will make the train service accessible to the more than 4 million residents of these areas, giving them more education and employment opportunities in Metro Manila.
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