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Little Rock - March 2003

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Little Rock — Bid Vote Delayed

Rail Transit Online, March 2003

Acceptance of the low bid for trackwork and traction power supply for the River Rail streetcar has been delayed by the Central Arkansas Transit Authority's board of directors until enough money to complete the project has been identified.  The $10.98-million offer from Mobley Contractors was $1.18 million above estimates and, combined with other cost increases, has pushed the total cost of River Rail to around $19.2 million.  CATA needs an additional $1.46 million before work can begin, although some cash could be transferred from a contingency fund.  The board has 60 days from the Jan. 30 bid opening to accept or reject Mobley's submission (see RTOL, Feb. 2003).  Executive Director Keith Jones said he is seeking new funding sources and promised to convene a special board meeting as soon as the money is lined up.  Project manager Paul Pool advised against issuing a new tender, predicting future bids would be higher.  “I think we have a good, competitive bid (that) I would recommend if you can find the funds,” Pool told the board.  “I hope this will be the bid we recommend.” 

Meanwhile, the first replica trolley for River Rail has arrived from Gomaco.  It will be held in storage until the car barn now under construction is completed. 


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