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Friday, January 29, 2010

Construction authority issues bid packages for next phase of LA Metro Gold Line

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At its January 28, Board meeting, the Metro Gold Line Foothill Extension Construction Authority Board of Directors issued the following two bid packages, seeking design-build-finance teams to construct Phase 2A (Pasadena to Azusa):  (1) the Request for Proposals (RFP) for the Iconic Freeway Structure project and (2) the Request for Qualifications (RFQ) for the Phase 2A Alignment project. These actions keep the Foothill Extension on schedule to break ground in June 2010 and be completed to Azusa in 2013.

The first project to break ground in June will be the Iconic Freeway Structure - a 584-foot bridge stretching diagonally across the 210 Freeway, connecting the existing Sierra Madre Villa Station (built in the freeway's median) with the future Arcadia station south of the freeway. In November 2009, the Construction Authority completed the first step in the procurement process, by pre-qualifying six teams to compete to build the IFS. The RFP is the second step in the process. Proposals are due in late March and a contract will be awarded in May.

The Phase 2A Alignment Design-Build project will break ground in September 2010 and include construction of the track, stations, crossings, bridges, utility systems, signals and a maintenance and operations facility. The RFQ is the first of the two-step procurement process, and will result in a list of pre-qualified teams. The Authority will then issue a RFP in late April to these teams only, and award a contract in September.

The two design-build bid packages were issued in advance of the Fund Transfer Agreement and Master Cooperative Agreement being considered at the Metro and Construction Authority Board meetings next month. The agencies have been meeting regularly over the last few months and negotiations over the terms of these critical agreements are going well.

"The Construction Authority is very pleased with the progress we are making with Metro," said Construction Authority Board Chairman Keith Hanks. "Both agencies are committed to finding solutions so the project can get underway. With that, the board felt confident to issue the bid packages to keep us on schedule for June."

According to a study produced by the Los Angeles Economic Development Corporation earlier this month, Phase 2A (Pasadena to Azusa) will generate nearly $1 billion in business revenues, $40 million in tax revenues, and create nearly 7,000 new jobs for the region during project construction alone.