Four contracts for MRT3 management awarded

The Department of Transportation and Communications has awarded four contracts for management of four of seven components of Metro Rail Transit Line 3 system. Four contracts include management of Rail Tracks and Permanent Ways, Buildings and Facilities, Communications Systems, Ticketing or the current automated fare collection system.

With the said contracts, “passengers of the Metro Rail Transit Line 3 (MRT-3) will soon feel improvements in the metropolis’ main railway system,” DOTC said.

“The 4 new maintenance providers were procured via a multi-disciplinary approach, through which the DOTC is engaging sub-contractors directly for the maintenance works. This is expected to improve the efficiency of executing such works,” DOTC explains.

The contracts will take effect starting July 5 and are intended to fulfill the MRT-3’s daily operating requirements until the longer-term maintenance provider is procured.

The department is on the process of procuring three other components which include Rolling Stocks and Depot Equipment, Power Supply and Overhead Catenary System, and Conveyance Systems.

The transportation and communications department said it has twice bid out the three (3)-year maintenance contract – once in September 2014 and again in January 2015 – but both auctions failed due to the non-participation of potential bidders.

The DOTC is now seeking the approval of the Government Procurement Policy Board (GPPB) to pursue an alternative mode of procurement for the 3-year maintenance deal.