FOUR local firms have expressed interest to participate in the bidding of the Integrated Transport System (ITS) South Terminal, a public partnership project, the Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC) said Thursday.
The companies that have submitted their pre-qualification documents include the Megawide Construction Corporation, Ayala Land Inc., Datem Inc., and Filinvest.
“This project will enable commuters to have seamless transfers from one mode of transport to another. Creating a central terminal for all types of public transportation will not only give access to our daily commuters, but also help those who are unfamiliar with PUV (public utility vehicle) routes and services,” said DOTC Secretary Joseph Emilio Abaya.
The winning bidder will take care of the design, construction, and operations and maintenance (O&M) of the terminal for a concession period of 35 years.
The P4-billion project covers a construction of a terminal within a 4.7-hectare lot along FTI Compound, Taguig City.
It will connect passengers coming from the Southern Tagalog, specifically the Batangas and Laguna area, to other public utility vehicles that are serving inner Metro Manila.
The project also covers the construction of arrival and departure bays, public information systems, ticketing and baggage facilities and park-ride facilities.
The DOTC aims to award the project in the third quarter this year in order to begin construction by the second quarter of 2016, while the terminal is set to open in December 2017. (SDR/Sunnex)