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Contracts for MRT-3 rehabilitation from DOTr and Sumitomo

The extended contracts for the renovation and upkeep of the Metro Rail Transit Line 3 (MRT-3) through July 2025 were signed on Tuesday by the Department of Transportation (DOTr) and Sumitomo Corp.

Together with its technical partner, Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Sumitomo, the original designer, construction, and first maintainer of MRT-3, will continue to perform maintenance and rehabilitation for the rail line that runs down EDSA.

Transportation Secretary Jaime Bautista said the extension “manifests our determination to keep our public transport safe, efficient, and convenient” at the signing ceremony for the rehabilitation project extension contracts totaling PHP7.38 billion.

“I am certain Sumitomo will be able to do its duties successfully. Additionally, we anticipate Sumitomo to increase MRT-3’s operational effectiveness by switching out the existing three-car train sets for four-car train sets. As a result, more people could travel the entire length of EDSA, adding to the convenience provided by the EDSA Bus Carousel, according to a news release issued on Wednesday by Bautista.

The contracts also cover the rehabilitation activities, initially not identified during the original restoration project’s quick scoping.

The DOTr, Oriental Consultants Global Co., Ltd., and Tonichi Engineering Consultants, Inc. also agreed to extend their contract as rehabilitation and maintenance supervision consultants for an additional 30 months through October 2025.

This includes overseeing Sumitomo’s punch listing, project close-out procedures, and rehabilitation and maintenance activities.

According to Bautista, the initiative will bring the rail line up to level with the train systems of other nations. “What is more significant in extending the maintenance contracts for MRT-3 is ensuring trouble-free operations to Metro Manila’s second rapid transit line,” he added.

The technical system support, maintenance, spare parts procurement contracts, and delivery of additional rehabilitation and capacity expansion services to MRT-3 are covered to increase the system’s service dependability, capacity, and long-term viability.

The DOTr also expressed gratitude to the Japanese government, represented by the Japan International Cooperation Agency, for continuing to fund the MRT-3, whose initial repair was finished in December 2021.

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