US: Amtrak Launches First Procurement Phase for B&P Tunnel Replacement Programme

Amtrak has launched the procurement phase for the first of three major construction contracts for the B&P Tunnel Replacement Programme in Baltimore, Maryland.

Amtrak has launched the procurement phase for the Southern Approach construction package.
Amtrak has launched the procurement phase for the Southern Approach construction package.

This programme aims to transform the Northeast Corridor (NEC) in West Baltimore, with almost five billion USD (4.73bn EUR) of construction planned.

This is being supported by new federal funding created by last year’s Bipartisan Infrastructure Law.

This procurement phase is for the Southern Approach construction package, which is valued at over 1bn USD (940 million EUR).

Amtrak has issued a request for letters of interest (LOI), which implies that this portion of the programme will be completed under a construction manager at-risk (CMAR) delivery approach.

Interested contractors must complete an LOI in order to be eligible to receive a request for proposals (RFP), which will be issued later in the year.

Laura Mason, Executive Vice President of Capital Delivery at Amtrak, said:

“This is a major milestone for the B&P Tunnel Replacement Program and this contract includes several critical elements of the project.

“Amtrak will be procuring multiple construction contracts as part of the program, which will include the construction of the new Frederick Douglass Tunnel, and other supporting investments, such as new bridges and railroad infrastructure, improving this vital stretch of the Northeast Corridor for generations to come.”

Amtrak is committed to many projects across the NEC, which it owns and operates 80% of.

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