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LA Metro clears contractors to compete for Sepulveda transit project

The first phase of LA Metro’s Sepulveda Transit Corridor project is scheduled to open in 2033.
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The Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (LA Metro) earlier this week selected five contractors to compete for the chance to help develop the Sepulveda transit corridor, a high-speed rail line that would connect the San Fernando Valley, Westside and Los Angeles International Airport (LAX).

Five developer teams met the agency’s initial qualifications for submitting a predevelopment agreement (PDA) proposal to assist with project planning and design. Now, each contractor has the potential opportunity to enter into an implementation agreement, LA Metro officials said in a press release.

The selected contractors are ACS Infrastructure Development, LA SkyRail Express, Bechtel, Fengate and the Tutor Perini, Parsons & Plenary joint venture.

A PDA with one or more of those firms would enable early contractor involvement in the project. The private project developer would participate in defining and designing the project concept together with LA Metro and community stakeholders, agency officials said.

Up to two private project developer teams will be awarded a PDA to provide design and engineering to support project development, constructability reviews and cost estimates.

Once project development is completed, the private project developer will have an opportunity to offer to build, operate and maintain the line.

The Sepulveda Transit Corridor Project is funded in part by Measure M, a transportation sales tax approved by Los Angeles County voters in 2016. The total project will receive $9.5 billion in funding from Measure M and other local, state and federal sources. 

The first phase of the transit line between the Valley and the Westside is scheduled to open in 2033, and the second phase to LAX is scheduled to open in 2057.

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