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Amtrak kicks off procurement phase for B&P Tunnel program

The Frederick Douglass Tunnel is the centerpiece of the B&P Tunnel Replacement Program. The two new tubes, serving MARC and Amtrak riders, will be named in honor of Frederick Douglass.
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Amtrak has issued a request for letters of interest (LOI) for the first contract of the B&P Tunnel Replacement Program in Baltimore.

This portion of the program will be completed under a construction manager at-risk (CMAR) delivery approach, Amtrak officials said in a press release.

Contractors interested in the CMAR must complete the LOI to be eligible to receive the request for proposals (RFP) that will be issued for this portion of the project later this year. Amtrak will issue the RFP only to those contractors who submit timely and compliant LOIs.

Interested contractors should visit Amtrak’s procurement portal for more information. The launch procurement phase is a milestone for the B&P program, said Laura Mason, Amtrak executive vice president of capital delivery.

"This contract includes several critical elements of the project,” Mason said. "Amtrak will be procuring multiple construction contracts as part of the program, which will include the construction of the new Frederick Douglass Tunnel, and other supporting investments, such as new bridges and railroad infrastructure, improving this vital stretch of the Northeast Corridor for generations to come.”

Construction contracts of subsequent portions of the program will be procured separately. Amtrak continues to advance design, property acquisitions and preparations for smaller construction projects associated with the B&P Tunnel program.

The B&P program calls for nearly $5 billion of construction.

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