Manila, Philippines (Metro Rail Today): The Department of Transportation in the Philippines has taken significant steps towards the development of the South Commuter section of the 147 km North-South Commuter Railway in the Manila area. This ambitious project aims to enhance the commuter experience and improve transportation connectivity in the region. Several civil works contracts have been signed to bring this vision to reality.
In July, a contract worth 11.6 billion pesos, designated as CP S-01, was signed for the construction of a 1.2 km stretch of the route along with the Blumentritt station. This contract was awarded to a joint venture comprising PT Adhi Karya (Persero) and PT Persero.
The same joint venture secured another contract, CP S-03C, valued at 18.2 billion pesos. This contract encompasses the construction of 5.8 km of at-grade and elevated route, in addition to elevated stations at Bicutan and Sucat.
Furthermore, a contract worth 22.1 billion pesos, known as CP S-03A, was awarded to a joint venture formed by Leighton Contractors and First Balfour. This contract involves the construction of 7.9 route-km, featuring an elevated station at Buendia, as well as at-grade stations at EDSA and Senate.
In tandem with these advancements, Hitachi Rail STS has awarded a contract to NEC and Sumitomo. This contract entails the supply of a communication and automated fare collection system for the 35.4 km Solis to Malolos section of the future rail line.
These strategic developments underscore the Philippines' commitment to modernizing its transportation infrastructure, fostering connectivity, and providing its citizens with efficient and convenient commuting options. The North-South Commuter Railway project is poised to play a pivotal role in transforming the Manila area's transportation landscape for the better.