In an important milestone for the Valley Transportation Authority’s (VTA) BART Silicon Valley Phase II Extension, the VTA Board of Directors has awarded a US$125M contract to Mott McDonald/PGH Wong Engineering Joint Venture (MMW) to provide General Engineering services for the Phase II Project.
The effort to find a General Engineering Contractor (GEC) began in May 2018 with an industry forum held in downtown San Jose where over 350 interested parties attended. A competitive bid process followed, resulting in the final contract award to MMW who will perform design and engineering work on the 5-mile tunnel, four station areas, two ventilation structures, and system-wide work – advancing the design in preparation for the federal funding request in spring 2020.
More specifically, the GEC will be tasked with getting the BART Phase II Project to a 30% engineering level to inform costs and schedule estimates needed to demonstrate the adequacy of VTA’s management, financial, and implementation plans to participate in the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) Expedited Project Delivery (EPD) Pilot Program. The submittal, done in November 2018, demonstrates VTA’s qualifications to participate in the pilot program; and showcases, through innovation, planned transit-oriented joint development, public-private partnerships, value capture, and local funding commitments, why the Phase II Extension is such a good fit for EPD.
The approved contract for General Engineering services supports VTA’s efforts to fulfill these requirements as well as ready the project for construction and provide technical support during construction.
VTA’s Phase II Project is a six-mile extension of BART into downtown San Jose and Santa Clara, utilizing an innovative single-bore tunneling methodology that minimizes construction disruptions. BART will be responsible to operate and maintain the extension after its completion.