DOTC has initiated the bidding process for the automatic fare collection system (AFCS) contract worth PhP 1.72 billion for LRT lines 1 and 2, along with Metro Rail Transit line 3. The 10-year contract will cover the financing, designing, construction, operation, and maintenance of a contactless AFCS. The final date for submitting pre-qualification documents has been set for February 14, 2013. Thereafter, the auction will take place and subsequently the project will be awarded around September 2013. The new system is expected to be operational by 2015.