The Maryland Department of Transportation together with the Maryland Transit Administration have launched the Request for Proposals (RFP) for the design, build, finance, operate and maintenance (DBFOM) the $2.2 billion Light Rail (Purple Line) in the Washington suburbs.
The DBFOM rail PPP project also involves the equip and supply light rail vehicles. In early January the following four teams were shortlisted:
Shortlisted consortia must submit their proposals on or before 9 January 2015. The preferred bidder is scheduled to be announced on 12 March 2015.
The Purple Line is a 16-mile light rail line that runs 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 US$2.2 billion, with the private sector expected to invest between US$500 and US$900 million.
On 10 March 2014, we reported that the Maryland light-rail Purple Line project had been recommended for US$100 million in federal money as part of the Obama Administration's 2015 fiscal year budget. The project was included on a list of seven large transit projects nationwide to receive full funding grant agreements, which allow for a longer-term payment commitment by the federal government.
See RFP documents: