Print this page
Thursday, January 09, 2014

Four teams still vie to build Purple Line

Written by 

Maryland state officials have culled down prospective private consortia willing to build the 16-mile, $2.2 billion Purple Line light rail transit project from six to four.

Maryland Department of Transportation representatives expect to select a wining consortium early next year. Revenue service is projected to begin in 2020.

The "short-listed" teams selected to submit bids are:

• Maryland Purple Line Partners, comprised of Vinci Concessions, Walsh Investors, InfraRed Capital Partners, Alstom Transport and Keolis;

• Maryland Transit Connectors, comprised of John Laing, Kiewit Development and Edgemoor Infrastructure;

• Purple Line Transit Partners, comprised of Meridiam Infrastructure, Fluor Enterprises and Star America Fund; and

• Purple Plus Alliance, comprised of Macquarie Capital and Skanska Infrastructure Development.

The Purple Line project is being advanced as a public-private partnership (3P), similar to that employed by New Jersey Transit's Hudson-Bergen Light Rail (HBLR) operation in northeastern New Jersey. HBLR began initial operations in 2000.

Maryland DOT and state officials seek $500 million to $900 million in commitments from the private sector for the project's construction. In return, the state is offering a design-build-operate-maintain (DBOM) contract lasting possibly as long as 40 years.

The state itself so far has affirmed $750 million for the project.

Two teams that earlier submitted "statements of qualifications" that will not advance include: Plenary Group USA and Bechtel Development Co.; and CSCEC and United Labor Life Insurance.