Yesterday, the Construction Authority issued the Request for Proposals (RFP) for the $450 million Foothill Extension Phase 2A work. This is the big one – the contract that will result in the final design and construction of the track, stations, crossings, rail maintenance facility, and more (in other words, everything you need to build a railroad).
Importantly, the RFP includes a financing component. The winning bidder will enter into a public-private partnership with the Construction Authority and provide private financing to jump start the work ahead of the Measure R dollars all being “in the bank” and will get us a finished line years ahead of the public funding.
Proposals are due January 27, 2011 and the winning team will be announced in April 2011. That is when final design work begins, when you will start seeing activity along the route, and when the bulk of the 7,000 jobs and $1 billion of economic stimulus created by the project starts being realized.
Just a fresher – three teams were prequalified earlier this year. These three are now the only ones competing for this project, and include: (1) Foothill Transit Constructors (Kiewit Pacific Co. and Parsons Transportation Group Inc.); (2) Shimmick Construction Company/URS Corporation; and (3) Skanska USA Civil West California District/Balfour Beatty Rail, Inc.
Let the bidding begin!