Changes due for Purple Line RFP

A second addendum is to be issued over the next week for the request for proposals (RFP) for Maryland’s Purple Line P3, as concerns over the project's future re-emerge following the recent gubernatorial change in the state.

The addendum is to be issued to the four shortlisted teams over the “next week or so”, which will see details changed to incorporate better value-for-money and risk-sharing proposals, according to the Maryland Department of Transportation (MDOT).

“We have taken advantage of the commercial one-on-one process and have had some great feedback from the various teams,” MDOT planning and project management deputy secretary Leif Dormsjo told P3 Bulletin.

“I would say that these are re-calibrations and refinements. But I wouldn’t see any dramatic re-alignments to our performance specifications. Even during the draft RFP process we were making some changes and introducing more clarity where we could. This is just a continuation of that.”

With plans moving forward for the project and a preferred bidder due to be announced in the New Year, the project is now facing some uncertainty following the unexpected victory in Maryland’s gubernatorial race by Republican candidate Larry Hogan.

The new governor, replacing former leader Anthony Brown, has been publically critical of the deal, leading to concerns that he may cancel the plans in favour of alternative infrastructure development.

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