Seen to ease the worsening transport problems in the country, one of the country’s two major railway Public-Private Partnership (PPP) projects, Light Rail Transit (LRT) Line 6, may finally be auctioned out this December, while the bidding for the other one, LRT Line 4, is set on the first quarter of next year.

Cosette Canilao, executive director of PPP center, said in an interview that the Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC), the implementing agency for the two railway projects, is targeting to release the ‘invitation to bid’ for LRT 6 project by December this year.

For the LRT Line 4, Canilao said the bidding should happen within the first quarter of next year.

The P65.09-billion LRT Line 6 Project is a proposed 19-kilometer railway from Niyog, Bacoor to Dasmariñas City.

The proposed right-of-way (ROW) alignment is along the Aguinaldo Highway with seven stations, namely Niyog, Tirona, Imus, Daang Hari; Salitran, Congressional Avenue, and Governor’s Drive.

This project, according to PPP center, should improve passenger mobility and reduce the volume of vehicular traffic in the Cavite area by providing a higher capacity mass transit system.

The P42.89-billion LRT Line 4 project, on the other hand, is a proposed 11.3-kilometer rail line running west from SM City in Taytay, Rizal to the intersection of Ortigas Avenue and EDSA in Ortigas.

The proposed ROW alignment for the line is along Taytay Diversion Road and Ortigas Avenue with six stations, namely EDSA, Meralco Avenue, Pasig, Bonifacio Avenue, L Wood Road, and SM Taytay.

“This project will provide improved local transportation solutions and a better link to Metro Manila for the large and growing population in and around Taytay,” PPP said in an earlier statement.

In September, the National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) Board, headed by President Aquino, already approved the implementation of the two railway projects.

by Madelaine B. Miraflor
October 23, 2015