Bidders want common station included in LRT Cavite bidding

Posted at 03/19/2014 7:59 PM

MANILA, Philippines -The Department of Transportation and Communications is considering the proposal of some bidders to include the MRT-LRT common station project in the bidding for the LRT 1 Cavite Extension project.

DOTC spokesperson Michael Arthur Sagcal said the agency will look into the proposal of some interested bidders in the LRT 1 Cavite extension project to include the P1.4 billion MRT-LRT common station in the bidding scheduled on April 28.

"Some bidders are proposing to include the common station project in the LRT1 Cavite extension bidding. The technical discussions tackled the viability of this proposal," Sagcal said.

He said the Special Bids and Awards Committee (BAC) conducted technical discussions on the proposed MRT-LRT "common station" with the seven interested bidders.

The bidders are DMCI Holdings Inc., Light Rail Manila (LRM) Consortium, MTD Philippines Inc., SMC Infra Resources Inc., Globalvia Inversiones of Spain, Megawide Construction Corp. and Ecorail Services Inc.

The P65 billion LRT-1 Cavite extension project involves the construction of an 11.7-kilometer southward extension from the Baclaran station to Bacoor, Cavite, and the construction of 8 new stations, plus more stations in Parañaque City, Las Piñas City, and Cavite in the future.

Earlier, Transportation Secretary Joseph Emilio Abaya said building the common MRT-LRT station near Trinoma Mall along EDSA would enhance the viability of the LRT-1 Cavite extension project.

The LRT-MRT common station is expected to be built near Trinoma along EDSA. It would interconnect LRT-1, which runs from Baclaran to Monumento, MRT-3 from North Avenue in Quezon City to Taft Avenue in Pasay City and the proposed MRT-7 that would run from Caloocan City and go through Lagro and Fairview, Novaliches, Batasan, Diliman and Philcoa before ending at EDSA.

The DOTC is planning to bid out the P1.4 billion project within the second quarter of the year.