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The AF Consortium, composed of Ayala Corporation and Metro Pacific Investments, has submitted the lowest bid for the Automatic Fare Collection System (AFCS) project of the Philippine Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC). AF will pay the government P1.088 billion (US$24.6 million) beating two other bidders.
The project includes the design, installation and construction of the new Automatic Fare Collection System for Manila's LRT 1, LRT 2 and MRT 3; its maintenance for period of 10 years beginning full systems acceptance; provision of contactless media or tickets; and the operation of the AFCS Central Clearing House.
The project has an estimated investment of US$39 million.
The Automatic Fare Collection System project aims to introduce smart card-based technology initially for the three light rail systems, and eventually to other modes of mass transportation. It will upgrade the Light Rail Transit and Metro Rail Transit ticketing scheme to a tap-and-go system, which will substantially lessen queuing time and allow seamless transfers from one rail line to another.
The AF Consortium could not be declared the winning bidder yet because the Bids and Awards Committee (BAC) of the DOTC has to evaluate its proposal for 15 days. On December 23 or 24, the agency will announce the winning bidder.
The target issuance of notice to award is scheduled on the first week of January next year while the target contract signing is set late January.
The Department of Transportation and Communications had earlier disqualified E-Trans Solutions joint venture and the Megawide-Suyen-Eurolink consortium.