DOTC to meet with bidders for MRT-LRT ticketing system
MANILA, Philippines - The Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC) will meet with prospective bidders for the automated and contactless single ticketing system for the Metro Rail Transit (MRT) and Light Rail Transit (LRT) this week.
The meeting will allow the five pre-qualified bidders to air any major concerns that may derail next month's bidding.
"Please keep all queries linked to major concerns or deal breakers," Transportation Undersecretary Jose Perpetuo Lotilla said in a bid bulletin.
Lotilla reminded bidders to limit to two executives the number of attendees during the pre-submission dialogue sessions.
The pre-qualified bidders last May were Ayala-Metro Pacific-led AF Consortium; Comworks Consortium; E-Trans Solutions Joint Venture Inc.; Megawide-Suyen-Eurolink Consortium; and Henry Sy's SM Consortium.
The prequalified bidders are scheduled to submit their technical and financial bids for the project on November 18.
A public-private partnership (PPP) project, the Automatic Fare Collection System envisions a "contactless" ticket system similar to those used in Hong Kong and South Korea. The stored-value train tickets can be used not just on the subway but also at shops and banks.
At present, there are different ticketing schemes for the LRT Lines 1 and 2 and MRT 3.