Five companies compete for L.A. Sepulveda transit corridor design

Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transport Authority (Metro) has shortlisted five companies to compete for planning and design of the USD 9.5 billion Sepulveda transit corridor project.

The teams have submitted for and met Metro’s initial qualifications for submitting a Predevelopment Agreement (PDA) proposal to assist with project planning and design, with the potential opportunity to enter into an implementation agreement.

The selected companies are:

  • ACS Infrastructure Development
  • LA SkyRail Express
  • Sepulveda Transit Corridor Partners (Bechtel)
  • Sepulveda Transit Corridor Partners (Fengate)
  • Tutor Perini, Parsons & Plenary

The eligibility of five major potential project partner teams completes the first phase of Metro’s RFP process.

A PDA with one or more of these companies would enable early contractor involvement in the project, allowing for innovations in design, construction, financing and operating method. A private project developer would participate in defining and designing the project concept together with Metro and community stakeholders. Up to two private project developer companies will be awarded a PDA to provide design and engineering to support the development of the project, reviews and cost estimates.

Once project development is complete, the remaining private project developer will then have an opportunity to offer to build, operate and maintain the line, potentially accelerating construction, improving project performance and mitigating key project challenges.

The first phase of the transit line between the San Fernando Valley and the Westside is scheduled to open in 2033. USD 5.7 billion is the value of the first phase of the project, while USD 3.8 billion is the needed funding for the connection of the line from the Westside to LAX. The second phase to Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) is scheduled to open in 2057.

In 2019, Metro completed a two-year feasibility study evaluating a number of alignments and station locations for a range of high-capacity rail transit alternatives between the San Fernando Valley and LAX with connections to existing and planned bus and rail lines, including the East San Fernando Valley, Orange, Purple, and Expo lines.

The study findings will be the basis for future environmental analysis and project refinement, expected to begin in mid-2020.

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