Four Purple Line Bids Submitted

The deadline was today. All four of the preferred bidders submitted “technical” proposals - financial details are due December 8. The Post reports:

Maryland just moved another step closer to building a light-rail Purple Line in the Washington suburbs.

As of noon Tuesday — the deadline for submitting “technical” bids — the Maryland Transit Administration (MTA) had received proposals from four teams of private companies outlining how they would design, build, operate and maintain a Purple Line, state officials said.
All cost details — the overall construction cost and how much the state would pay the private team to operate and maintain the line, as well as help finance its construction — will be included in financial proposals due Dec. 8.
All four teams of private companies “short-listed” to bid on a 35-year public-private partnership for the Purple Line project submitted proposals before the deadline, said MTA spokesman Chuck Brown.
The four consortiums of private companies are: Maryland Purple Line Partners, Maryland Transit Connectors, Purple Line Transit Partners and Purple Plus Alliance. Each team consists of up to a dozen or so companies, including some of the world’s largest engineering and construction firms.

Negotiations will begin January 15 with a winning bidder to be selected by February. The contract will then have to be approved by the Board of Public Works.

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