Thursday, August 29, 2013

Detroit M1 targets streetcar RFP release

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Detroit's public-private partnership streetcar effort, M1, will issue a request for proposals (RFP) in October, and possibly even earlier, M1 officials say.

M1 Chief Administrative Officer Heather Carmona informed attendees at the Michigan Rail Conference of the proposed target in Lansing, Mich., Tuesday, Aug. 27, local media report.

Still apparently unresolved is whether M1 will place a standalone order for equipment, or seek to tap another municipality's option for cars. The latter would necessarily determine which supplier would provide the gear. Kansas City, Mo, also is considering piggybacking on another municipality's order for its own nascent streetcar line.

Among potential candidate partners for Detroit: Cincinnati (CAF USA), Portland, Ore., and Tucson, Ariz. (both United Streeetcar, LLC), and Salt Lake City (Siemens Mobility).

The M1 line, traversing Woodward Ave., was scheduled to begin revenue service in 2014. though construction has yet to begin. Late last month Alameda, Calif.-based construction company Stacy and Witbeck Inc. was awarded a contract to oversee implementation of the streetcar line.