MANILA, Philippines - Parties interested to bid for the P1.72-billion automatic fare collection system of the Light Rail Transit (LRT) 1 and 2, and Metro Rail Transit (MRT) 3 were given another month to submit their qualification documents.
In its General Bid Bulletin 3-2013, the Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC) moved the deadline for the submission of the documents to March 14 from the initial date of February 14.
"To give prospective bidders ample time to prepare their qualification documents, the submission and opening of qualification documents for the aforementioned project is extended from February 14 to March 14," DOTC Undersecretary Jose Perpetuo Lotilla said.
Lotilla is chairman of the agency's special bids and awards committee.
Around 22 companies, including Easytrip Services Corp. of French firm Egis Projects and the tandem of conglomerates Metro Pacific Investments Corp. and Ayala Corp., will join the bidding.
The MRT-LRT single ticket system is envisioned to be like Hong Kong's "Octopus Card," which serves as a stored-value train ticket as well as a debit card for electronic banking and shopping.
The riding public has long urged government to implement a common ticketing system for the LRT 1 and 2 and the MRT 3. The different ticketing schemes employed in the mass transport systems have been blamed for the long lines of passengers buying tickets at the train stations. - with reports from Cai Ordinario/Rappler.com
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