Here’s the email that went out today from Habib Balian, the CEO of the Metro Gold Line Foothill Extension Construction Authority, the independent agency that is overseeing the building of the 11.5-mile light rail line from the current Gold Line terminus in Pasadena to the Azusa/Glendora border.
The Foothill Extension is funded by Measure R, the half-cent sales tax increase approved by Los Angeles County voters in 2008. When the line is complete, the Construction Authority will turn it over to Metro, which will operate the line.
Here is Habib’s email:
This morning, the Construction Authority received proposals for the Pasadena to Azusa Foothill Extension Phase 2A Alignment contract. This is a major milestone in our process to select a design-builder to complete final design and construction of the 11.5 miles of track, stations, crossings, systems, maintenance facility, and more.
The three proposals were all in by 9:00 a.m. this morning, hours ahead of the deadline. Each proposal will now go through a significant evaluation process, including review by multiple technical evaluation committees.
Proposals will be evaluated on a number of criteria, and will result in an award to the team providing the “best value.” This methodology assures the Authority will hire the team that not only provides an efficiently-priced bid, but also proposes the best personnel and processes for delivering a high-quality project on time and on budget.
We feel confident that the three teams competing for the work each afford world-class experience and know-how. It will certainly make selecting a winner challenging. But that is exactly what we want for such a significant regional project.
As a reminder, the three design-build teams short-listed last year are (in alpha order): (1) Foothill Transit Constructors, a Kiewit-Parsons Joint Venture; (2) Shimmick/URS/Stacy and Witbeck Joint Venture; and (3) Skanska/Balfour Beatty Joint Venture.
I look forward to keeping you updated on our progress, as we move closer to April’s planned contract award and start of work on this highly anticipated project.