DoTr signs MRT-4 design contract agreement

THE Department of Transportation (DoTr) on Friday signed a contract agreement for the detailed architectural and engineering design of the Metro Rail Transit Line 4 (MRT-4) with a Spain-based firm.

The agency signed the deal with IDOM Consulting, Engineering, Architecture, SA for the 15.56-kilometer rail line that will link parts of eastern Metro Manila with the province of Rizal, the agency said in a press release.

IDOM is tasked to prepare the project’s preliminary design, detailed engineering and tender designs, loan processing documents, financial assessments, project and loan safeguards documents, and bidding documents.

The department said travel time between N. Domingo in San Juan and Taytay in Rizal will be just half an hour once the MRT-4 is fully operational. It will serve 234,433 passengers daily.

“The design stage for the project is slated in the 4th quarter of 2021. Meanwhile, early works for the project are targeted to commence in the 2nd quarter of 2022,” the DoTr said.

The project is funded by an official development assistance from the Asian Development Bank. — J.P. Ibanez