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Finalists named for rail to Dulles contract

The Metropolitan Airports Authority (MWAA) announced Oct. 17 the final five companies competing for the contract to design and build Phase Two of the Dulles Corridor Metrorail Project.

The names of the following five bidders selected through a competitive process are: Bechtel Transit Partners (Bechtel Infrastructure Corp.); Capital Rail Constructors (Clark Construction Group, LLC, Kiewit Infrastructure South Co.); Dulles APC Railbuilders (Archer Western Contractors, LLC, PCL Civil Constructors Inc., Corman Construction Inc.); Dulles Metrorail Connectors (Skanska USA Civil Southest / Granite Construction Co., G.A. & F.C. Wagman Inc. / Trumbull Corp., Facchina Construction Co.); and Silver Line Constructors (Fluor Enterprises Inc., Tutor Perini Corp., Stacy and Witbeck, Inc.).

According to MWAA, the finalists for Metro’s Silver Line extension to the Dulles airport and into Loudoun County were selected “in a competitive process to establish their expertise to build the rail line and stations.”

The next step is a request for proposal (RFP) process to determine which company will end up building the approximately $5.5 billion project, which was advanced as planned in July after a narrow vote from the Loudoun Board of Supervisors. Loudoun is partnering with Fairfax County, the Commonwealth of Virginia and the authority to complete the project.

Time line estimates have placed Dulles rail’s completion around 2018.

The finalists include “some of the most qualified and most successful engineering and construction companies in the world,” Pat Nowakowski, executive director of the Silver Line extension, said in a prepared statement.

According to MWAA, additional procurement process steps will include the submission of a technical plan and pricing. The winning bidder is expected to be announced in May 2013.

Construction of the first phase of the Dulles Corridor Metrorail Project, which ends at Wiehle Avenue in Reston, is 82 percent complete and projected to open at the end of 2013.


Or the federal govt and the states in the compact (VA, MD, DC) all point thei finger at the other guy and say its his problem.

And there will be no funding and Phase II will languish for many, many years.

The Silver Line was planned like 35 years ago.  No funder was found for it, which is why it hasn’t happened yet.  The DoT reviewed it and said they wouldn’t fund it because it wasn’t worth the cost.

And now MWAA thinks private investors (bond holder) are going to think it is a good deal.

I don’t think so.

Kiss the choo-choo goodbye.  It ain’t happening.  I just listened to the audio of the oral Court arguements.  The judges found MWAA’s statements that it wasn’t a federal entity incredulous.  When pressed over who had jurisdiction over MWAA, their counsel tap danced and wouldn’t say.  To quote the judge at the end of the recording, he told MWAA “That’s a pretty bad arguement.”  Harsh.

That’s preposterous.  I’ve spent almost my entire adult life preparing bids and have NEVER had a single potential client pay for it.

That is very, very odd.

LC I beleive you are correct on the financing. But the MWAA might like that, means the state and possibly the feds will have to give them cheap loans which they have been posturing for.

Why did the article leave out the fact that MWAA is paying these firms $1.5M to prepare bids?  A measure that is not exactly common in this kind of contracting, and usually preparation of bids are a cost the company has to bear to continue existing.  Not with MWAA though, they’ll just hand the money out.

All good firms.

However, oral arguments in Corr v. MWAA took place October 2, 2012 at the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit.  MWAA’s attorneys did not seem to convince the judges that they are not a federal government entity. The Virginia Constitution does not allow the legislature to delegate taxing authority to a non-elected, unaccountable body like MWAA.

My money says the financing plan Loudoun signed onto gets tossed out and we are back to square 1.

I wouldn’t put those RFPs out just yet.

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