Wednesday, September 29, 2010

DDOT awards DBOM streetcar contracts

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Washington, D.C.’s District Department of Transportation (DDOT) has picked a team of companies to design a proposed 37-mile streetcar network, including Portland, Ore.-based Shiels Obletz Johnsen, which will lead the private-sector management team driving the design, construction, and operation of the system. Shiels Obletz Johnsen has worked on streetcar projects in Portland and Seattle, according to DDOT.

Other companies include HDR Engineering Inc., LTK Engineering Services Inc., and Ball Janik LLP.

DDOT’s Request for Proposals, released last March, stated in part, “DDOT recognizes that it does not currently have the capacity or capability internally to deliver this program … It is seeking the advice and support of the private sector to deliverthis program. DDOT anticipates needing support in: Program Management, Planning, Operations, Financial Planning, Legal Counsel, Strategic & Project Communications, Governance & Management, and Procurement.”

The first two streetcar lines within the district, one located in Anacostia (southeast Washington) and the other along H Street Northeast, are currently expected to begin revenue service in 2012, though many doubt the deadline will be met. Those two two lines will cost about $100 million, while the larger system is expected to cost upward of $1.5 billion.