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Walsh lands Orange County streetcar contract

Walsh Construction has been awarded a US$220.5m contract to build for the first modern streetcar in Orange County’ (OC), California.

The contract for Orange County Transportation Authority (OCTA) involves construction of a 4.1-mile route from Santa Ana to Garden Grove, connecting with several of the county’s busiest bus routes along the way.

“This is an important milestone that puts us one step closer to breaking ground on the OC Streetcar,” said OCTA chairwoman Lisa Bartlett.

Walsh Construction beat three other prequalified bidders for the project.

“OCTA, in partnership with Santa Ana and Garden Grove, have been planning the OC Streetcar for years and today is a great day as we look forward now to starting construction on an exciting new transportation option in the heart of the county,” said OCTA director and Santa Ana mayor Miguel Pulido.

The total OC Streetcar project is estimated to cost US$407m, with funding from a mix of federal and state sources, and from Measure M, Orange County’s half-cent sales tax for transportation improvements, also known as OC Go.

OCTA has been working closely throughout planning and design with the Federal Transit Administration, which is considering a full funding grant agreement that, along with other federal funding, would pay for about half of the project’s cost. FTA officials gave OCTA pre-award authority to move forward with the purchase of vehicles and the construction contract.

In March, the OCTA board approved a US$51.5m contract with Siemens Industries to provide the vehicles for the OC Streetcar system, which will have six vehicles in operation and two spare cars that can be rotated into the system as needed.

Construction on the OC Streetcar is set to start this year with testing and operations beginning in 2021.

 

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This article was published on 25 Sep 2018 (last updated on 25 Sep 2018).

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