DOTr Invites Japanese Firms to Join the Bidding in Supplying 120 New Trains for LRT-1

The Department of Transportation under the Duterte administration invited some Japanese firms to join the highly anticipated public bidding for the supply of 120 news trains for the Light Rail Transit (LRT) Line-1.

The project aims to accommodate higher passenger volumes according to DOTr once the Ayala and Metro Pacific group extends the LRT Line-1 to the city of Bacoor in Cavite Province. The Duterte admin's project will be funded through a loan extended by the Japanese Cooperation Agency.

Although the Duterte admin is not the real proponents of the project, as it was signed during the admin of Pres. Aquino, the DOTr promised to speed up the process for Filipinos to benefit.

Based upon the documents from JICA, the bid will exclusive to Japanese-led companies or consortia.

The invitation of the DOTr was published in some of the country's national daily as they announced the following:

“Pursuant to the rules for Official Development Assistance (ODA) funding, the DoTr (Department of Transportation) is inviting eligible engineering, procurement and construction bidders of Japanese nationality to participate in the competitive bidding process following the procedures specified in the guidelines on the Japanese ODA Loans for procurement of new rolling stock Light Rail Vehicles (LRV) 4th generation,” it said in its invitation to bid published in a newspaper yesterday.

According to DOTr Sec. Arthur Tugade the new 120 light rail vehicles will be operated in a 30 four-car train sets, allowing the line to accommodate 750,000 passengers daily, from jst around 500,000 at present.

The winning Japanese company bidder will also be in charge of the coaches' design, production, verification, delivery, testing, commissioning, technical support materials associated with the operation and maintenance of the vehicles and training for maintenance staff, engineers and operators.

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The new coaches are set to be deployed to the LRT-1 Cavite Extension public-private partnership project, which will extend the train line from Baclaran to Bacoor, Cavite. The project involves the rehabilitation of the existing 21-kilometer (km) line and an 11.7-km extension to Bacoor.

Light Rail Manila Consortium (LRMC) -- a consortium of Ayala Corp., Metro Pacific Light Rail Corp. (MPIC) and Macquarie Infrastructure Holdings (Philippines) Pte. Ltd. -- bagged the P64.9-billion LRT-1 Cavite Extension project, which will extend the train line. It also took over the operations, maintenance and extension of LRT-1 last September. Its concession agreement with the government will run for 32 years.

Source: BusinessWorld

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