Friday, October 16, 2009

New Haven rail yard bids lower than expected

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Bids for upgrading a Metro-North rail yard in New Haven, Conn., have come in significantly lower than the $291 million anticipated cost, according to the Connecticut Department of Transportation, which oversees Metro-North operations in the Nutmeg State. The agency said Torrington, Conn.-based O&G Industries submitted the lowest bid, $124.8 million.

The work involves upgrading maintenance shop capabilities adjacent to New Haven's Union Station, establishing a central repair hub for the state's fleet of Metro-North’s new M-8 rail cars.

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In a statement, state Gov. M. Jodi Rell said she was pleased with the unexpectedly low estimate for the work, and touted the additional economic boost the related construction jobs will provide state businesses once the project is under way. "The immediate impact, of course, is the construction jobs created by the project, but the overall impact will greatly upgrade commuter rail service in Connecticut with state-of-the-art cars and a state-of-the art facility to service them," she said.

The bid is under review, a process that can take two months, with the DOT planning to start construction this winter, DOT spokesman Judd Everhart said.