The four competing teams are Bechtel/Herzog joint venture; Graham, Balfour Beatty, Hamon Contractors; North Metro Transit Solutions, a Kiewit/Stacy and Witbeck joint venture and URS Energy and Construction, Inc.
Graham Contracting Limited first approached RTD in February with an unsolicited proposal. After reviewing the initial proposal, RTD staff determined it was consistent with the agency's unsolicited proposals policy and worthy of moving forward to a competitive procurement process.
A multi-tiered evaluation committee will review the four proposals and make a recommendation of the most qualified bidder to the RTD Board of Directors at the November 5 FasTracks Monitoring Committee meeting. The board is scheduled to take formal action on the contract award at its November 26 regular board meeting.
"We look forward to reviewing the proposals for competitive pricing and innovative ideas," said RTD General Manager Phil Washington. "Our goal through this proposal process is to not only build the entire North Metro Line, but to determine if there are other parts of the program that can be built at this time. RTD remains committed to completing the entire FasTracks program as quickly as we can."
The design and construction of the rail line is scheduled to begin in 2014.