Philippines issues tenders for LRT 1 extension

5 June 2012 (Last Updated June 5th, 2012 18:30)

The Philippine Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC) has issued a PHP60bn ($1.37bn) tender for the extension of the Light Rail Transit (LRT) Line 1, under the public-private partnership (PPP) programme.

The Philippine Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC) has issued a PHP60bn ($1.37bn) tender for the extension of the Light Rail Transit (LRT) Line 1, under the public-private partnership (PPP) programme.

The existing LRT Line 1 (Green Line), a 20.7km railway running from Roosevelt, Quezon City to Baclaran, Pasay, will be extended by 11.7km to Cavite.

Upon completion, the extension is expected to carry an additional 500,000 daily commuters from the province, as well as neighbouring cities Las Piñas and Parañaque.

The project involves the operation and maintenance (O&M) of the existing system, which is 20.7km long and has a loop time of 106 minutes, with 20 stations passing through Quezon City, Caloocan, Manila, Makati and Pasay.

It also includes the design, procurement, engineering, construction, installation, completion, testing and commissioning of the 10.5km elevated and 1.2km 'at grade' extension to Cavite and eight stations, plus two future stations.

The winning bidder will integrate the existing system with the new extension system, which includes train control and signalling, communications and the power supply network along the 31km total line.

The project also includes operation and maintenance, such as replacing trains and rehabilitating railway infrastructure over the life of the project.

Enhancement works for the integrated system comprises fleet upgrades, future depot and fleet expansions, as well as other necessary investments to maintain service and performance standards.

According to DOTC, interested investors should submit their pre-qualification documents on or before 22 August 2012 with the winner expected to be announced in 2013.

International Finance Corp (IFC) and the Development Bank of the Philippines (DBP) will serve as transaction advisors for the project.