State Sends Out Request for Proposals to Build/Operate Purple Line
Maryland Department of Transportation and the Maryland Transit Administration is looking for a private partner to help the agencies build, maintain and operate the proposed Purple Line and Monday the state agencies released a request for proposals to a short list of bidders who might want the job.
The state expects to partner with a private company that will be responsible for designing, constructing, operating, and maintaining the project, and also help finance a portion of construction.
Proposals are to be submitted on Jan. 9, 2015. MDOT/MTA will select a preferred partner and recommend the final agreement to the Board of Public Works for its review and approval, according to the website.
The short-listed teams are:
– Maryland Purple Line Partners comprised of Vinci Concessions, S.A.S.; Walsh Investors, LLC; InfraRed Capital Partners, Limited; Alstom Transport SA; and Keolis SA;
– Maryland Transit Connectors comprised of John Laing Investments Limited; Kiewit Development Company; and Edgemoor Infrastructure & Real Estate LLC;
– Purple Line Transit Partners comprised of Meridiam Infrastructure Purple Line; Fluor Enterprises, Inc.; and Star America Fund GP LLC; and
– Purple Plus Alliance comprised of Macquarie Capital Group and Skanska Infrastructure Development, Inc.
The Purple Line is a 16-mile light rail line that will run east-west inside the Capital Beltway between Bethesda in Montgomery County and New Carrollton in Prince George’s County with 21 stations planned that will provide direct connections to Metrorail’s Orange Line, Green Line and two branches of the Red Line, and the MARC Brunswick, Camden and Penn Lines. The total project cost is $2.2 billion, with the private sector expected to invest between $500 and $900 million. A combination of federal, state and local monies also will be used to fund the project.