Great news: GLX Constructors (a joint venture of several engineering and construction firms: website) submitted the winning $1.08 billion bid for the GLX design-build contract, coming in below the price limit and including all six of the “additive options”! That means the project will include:
- Platform canopies
- Additional elevators at select stations
- Public art
- A Community Path ramp to Chester Ave (by the cross Street Bridge)
- Construction of the Community Path “missing link” from Washington St to the North Point/Lechmere area!
- Enhanced MBTA maintenance facility
Thanks to all who have continued to fight for the Green Line and full Community Path! See some slides from the presentation.
Next steps: The contract must be approved by theFiscal and Management Control Board and MassDOT board before it is official.
Mayor Joe Curtatone’s statement: “This is a huge victory for Somerville, the region, and the Commonwealth. While there are still final steps to be taken before the apparent low bidder is officially chosen, we have a commitment that the Green Line will come to Somerville, and with it the full construction of the Community Path extension that our community has fought long and hard for. I want to thank Governor Baker, MassDOT, and the Fiscal Management Control Board for this well executed and thoughtful procurement process that incorporated input from more than fifteen years of a painstaking community process. Finally, thank you to all of our community activists for decades of work and action to make this project a reality.”
“MBTA names winning bidder for Green Line extension project” (Boston Globe)
“‘We could not have asked for a better outcome,’ said John Dalton, the project manager overseeing the rail expansion….GLX Constructors was chosen from two finalists. It had the lower of the two bids, but price was not the only factor: The winner was chosen based on who offered the best value while staying under an agency-mandated limit of $1.3 billion. The agency used a scorecard to rate the quality of the bids.”
“GLX constructors picked for Green Line design-build contract” (Cambridge Chronicle)
“With today’s price opening and the identification of the apparent successful design-build proposer for the GLX, we are truly on our way to making the Green Line Extension a reality for the people of Cambridge, Somerville and Medford,” said MBTA General Manager Luis Ramirez. “The selection process was extensive and thorough, and we are pleased that the outcome is that the cost is under our Affordability Limit.”
“Great Green Line News – Senator Pat Jehlen” (Somerville Times)