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DOTC awards P160-M contract for MRT-3 rail grinding machine.

By Azer N. Parrocha

A joint venture has been awarded the Php160-million contract to supply brand-new rail grinding machine for the Metro Rail Transit 3 (MRT-3), the Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC) revealed on Wednesday.

DOTC said that it awarded the contract to the joint venture of Kempal Construction & Supply Corp. and TPE Share Sales Inc, which will be tasked to remove MRT-3 track irregularities and extend track life.

With the new rail grinding machine, DOTC expects fewer operational disruptions since the rail grinding machine will help ensure better track upkeep.

"This will put an end to the classification of systematic rail grinding as special repair works - which entails additional costs - and instead characterize it as an ordinary preventive maintenance undertaking," DOTC said.

"With its own rail grinding machine, the MRT-3 management can minimize costs, as similar equipment will no longer be leased from other firms," it added.

The machine, along with operations and maintenance manuals, repair tools, and a five-year supply of spares, will be delivered within 360 calendar days from issuance of the Notice to Proceed.

DOTC has also awarded Bombardier Transportation Signal, Ltd. with the signaling system upgrade project contract last week which will replace the existing local control system MAN 900 with the more contemporary EBI Screen 900 within the next seven months.

The department has also activated the beep card ticketing system in all MRT-3 stations.

Restoration of 12 Schindler-brand escalators of the MRT-3 is also expected to be completed before the year ends.


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Date:Oct 7, 2015
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