Metro Requests Proposals to Build Regional Connector Project

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Metro took another step forward toward construction of the Regional Connector Project by issuing a Request for Proposals, or RFP, last week for the 1.9-mile underground light rail line through downtown Los Angeles.

The $1.367-billion project is partially funded with $160 million in Measure R money, and is considered one of the region’s most important transit projects. It will connect the Blue, Gold and Expo Lines in downtown and will create major north-south and east-west transit lines across Los Angeles County. Early utility relocation work officially began in December.

Contractors likely to bid on the project have already been pre-qualified by Metro during an earlier process completed in 2012.  Most are joint venture groups consisting of several construction-related firms. Click here to see a list.

As with the I-405 Sepulveda Pass Improvements Project and the Crenshaw/LAX Line, the Regional Connector will be built using a “design-build” delivery method. This method is also being using to build the first 3.9-mile segment of the Westside Subway Extension from Wilshire/Western to La Cienega.

Major advantages of design-build are a shortened project schedule and overall reduced project costs. The builder is able to start construction while the design is still being completed.

Project proposers will have until May 21 of this year to submit their bids. Metro anticipates selecting a contractor in late fall or following word from the Federal Transit Administration on the status of Metro’s Full Funding Grant Agreement that asks for a federal match to build the project. That could happen by September

The project’s scheduled completion date is 2019.

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  1. Thanks.

    It would be nice if you can start doing articles about working at One Gateway Plaza. That way you can close the distance gap between the readers (tax payers).

    Stuff like showing photos of how everyone is using their own coffee cups instead of styrofoam cups for coffee or what car they use to drive to work, how do you guys travel when you have to go to business meetings (surely you must use Amtrak if you have a conference in San Diego right?) goes a long way to show you guys really mean what you say. Pictures tell a lot of words than reports and words.

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    • Hi CJ;

      With all due respect, that’s ridiculous. I’m not wasting my time and your taxpayer money on taking photos of people bringing their own coffee cups to work — which you would then accuse of being staged. Have a pleasant evening,

      Steve Hymon
      Editor, The Source

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  2. Wanderer mentioned the cost being high because of the difficulties of existing buildings etc. which I was going to mention but there is one other really major thing that needs to be mentioned in underground construction here in California…earthquake safety. They could take ten years to build this project just so long as I know the stuff overhead isn’t going to cave in on me when we start rocking and rolling.
    Cheers!

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