Port Authority rail project cost drops $14M

Posted on May 22, 2009

Pittsburgh-based Port Authority of Allegheny County has cut the total cost of its North Shore Connector project by $14 million. The cost of the light rail extension will decrease from $552.8 million to $538.8 million due to a favorable round of construction bids and management efforts to contain contract expenses.

The inflationary forces that drove construction materials costs upward at the beginning of the project are retreating, which is one reason the Connector’s overall cost is decreasing.

“The factors that hurt this project financially the most were out of our control,” said CEO Steve Bland. “Once the contracts were in our hands, however, we’ve been able to contain costs through aggressive oversight and management efforts.” 

The construction contracts currently underway are proceeding on schedule and within budget. On Friday, the agency approved contracts to complete work in the new T stations. The Authority continues to seek funds to complete the project, which is scheduled to finish in 2011.

The new light rail line will extend the T from Downtown into a developing area of the North Shore and provide a launching point for possible future expansion.

View comments or post a comment on this story. (0 Comments)

More News

CRRC announces ship date for MBTA pilot cars

The company is the first Chinese railcar builder to enter into the U.S. rail car manufacturing market.

STV, WSP USA to support L.A. Metro rail vehicle acquisition

Acquisition of new heavy rail vehicles and associated equipment that will play a key part in Metro’s systemwide rail expansion over the next decade.

Stadler breaks ground on railcar manufacturing plant in Salt Lake City

Its 62-acre property boasts 75,000 square feet of production space for the bogie, main, pre- and final assembly of single- and bi-level trains.

Stadler, Fort Worth Transportation Authority unveil 1st U.S. FLIRT train

The new commuter trains for TEXRail have been designed to reach maximum speeds of 81 mph and boast a coupled length of 266 feet each.

Design-build taking transit into the future

Design-build minimizes risk, reduces delivery time, keeps budgets in line, and mitigates funding partner concerns throughout project duration. With traditional design-bid-build, owners, designers, and contractors are segregated from design concept to final construction.

See More News

Post a Comment

Post Comment

Comments (0)

More From The World's Largest Fleet Publisher

Automotive Fleet

The Car and truck fleet and leasing management magazine

Business Fleet

managing 10-50 company vehicles

Fleet Financials

Executive vehicle management

Government Fleet

managing public sector vehicles & equipment



Work Truck Magazine

The number 1 resource for vocational truck fleets

Schoolbus Fleet

Serving school transportation professionals in the U.S. and Canada

LCT Magazine

Global Resource For Limousine and Bus Transportation

Please sign in or register to .    Close