Wednesday, September 05, 2012

DDOT: 20 responses on streetcar development

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Washington, D.C.'s District Department of Transportation (DDOT) said Tuesday its Request for Information (RFI) involving streetcar system development received 20 responses, "far exceeding our expectations," according to DDOT Director Terry Bellamy.

DDOT issued its RFI late last June. DDOT did not identify specific companies, but did note responses came from builders based in the U.S., Britain, Spain, China, and Japan.

The list therefore almost certainly includes Clackamas, Ore.-based United Streetcar, LLC, which landed a recent add-on order from DDOT, and also Besain, Spain-based Constucciones y Auxiliar de Ferrocarriles (CAF), whose U.S. subsidiary won an order last April to supply streetcars to Cincinnati. Osaka, Japan-based KinkiSharyo International, holding a strong light rail transit (LRT) presence in the U.S.and actively touting a U.S. streetcar product, also seems a likely player.

"In an effort to explore the potential of entering into a public-private partnership, DDOT sought input on the design, construction, finance, maintenance and operations of a 22-mile priority streetcar system and the operations of local bus service within the District," DDOT said in a statement.

"The next step in the process is to review the submissions. We will use the information to help advance our planning and development efforts, likely resulting in a Request for Qualifications notice later this year," said DDOT Chief Engineer Ronaldo "Nick" Nicholson. DDOT review teams will evaluate the submissions in the next 60 days.