The Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC) of the Philippines has awarded a $51.4 million contract to construction firm D M Consunji to build a 3.9km-long elevated guideway for the Light Rail Transit Line-2 East Extension.
The LRT-2 will be extended from the railway’s current end-station in Santolan in Pasig City to Masinag in Cainta, Rizal.
The civil works for the elevated guideway is expected to be completed within a period of 18 months.
DOTC secretary Jun Abaya said: “Railway modernisation entails improving infrastructure and shifting services towards better customer-orientation.
“Our projects for LRT-2 will make fast, affordable and convenient transportation accessible to residents of the densely-populated parts of Rizal, such as Antipolo and Cainta.”
Meanwhile, the DOTC and the Light Rail Transit Authority (LRTA) have started bidding process for the operations and maintenance component of the line.
Under a public-private partnership scheme, the winning bidder will be responsible for the maintenance and operation the existing 13.8km-long line and the 4.2km-long extension to Masinag, as well as any future extensions of the rail system for a period of ten to 15 years.
The 13.8km-long line currently connects the cities of Manila, San Juan, Quezon City, Marikina and Pasig.
The firms that showed interest in this project include DMCI, San Miguel Corporation, GT Capital Holdings, Light Rail Manila Corporation, Marubeni Corporation, France’s RATP Development and Spain’s Globalvia.