Met Council Chair: Reject Current SWLRT Construction Bids, Reopen Process

Met Council Chair: Reject Current SWLRT Construction Bids, Reopen Process Photo: KSTP/Jason Hanson

September 13, 2017 04:35 PM

Citing price and responsiveness, the chair of the Metropolitan Council said she'll recommend the council reject all four construction bids it has received for the Southwest Light Rail Transit project.

Met Council Chair Alene Tchourumoff said the council should look for ways to reduce costs and prepare to reopen the bid invitation process in October, according to an agency release Monday. The bids are for the bulk of the project's construction work including building the tracks, road, bridges, trails, tunnels, stations and other required facilities.

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RELATED: Chair of Met Council Decries Proposed Cuts to Mass Transit, Light Rail

The Met Council began soliciting bids for the controversial project in August. 

Tchourumoff will present her recommendations at Wednesday's council meeting, with a final vote scheduled for the Sept. 20 meeting.

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