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Metrolink operating contract up for bid

Postby Firstout » Sat Mar 19, 2016 8:29 pm

Alright boys and girls, here we go. Metrolink operating (train crew) contract is up for bid, with a closing date of April 11, 2016. Any opinions on whether they will once again select an operator other than Amtrak?

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https://www.planetbids.com/portal/mobil ... nyID=13821
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Re: Metrolink operating contract up for bid

Postby Fan Railer » Mon Mar 21, 2016 2:55 pm

God forbid if Keolis bids.........
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Re: Metrolink operating contract up for bid

Postby NH2060 » Mon Mar 21, 2016 8:26 pm

Keolis running Metrolink should be a breeze compared to the MBTA commuter rail system. New(er) equipment helps ;-)
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Re: Metrolink operating contract up for bid

Postby Backshophoss » Mon Mar 21, 2016 9:28 pm

Keolis was the operator of record when Chatsworth wreck happened,Amtrak replaced them as operator on the last bid.......
UP would be unhappy if Keolis attempted a bid.
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Re: Metrolink operating contract up for bid

Postby mvb119 » Thu Mar 24, 2016 7:21 pm

Backshophoss wrote:Keolis was the operator of record when Chatsworth wreck happened,Amtrak replaced them as operator on the last bid.......
UP would be unhappy if Keolis attempted a bid.


I thought that was Veolia?
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Re: Metrolink operating contract up for bid

Postby Fan Railer » Thu Mar 24, 2016 9:53 pm

mvb119 wrote:
Backshophoss wrote:Keolis was the operator of record when Chatsworth wreck happened,Amtrak replaced them as operator on the last bid.......
UP would be unhappy if Keolis attempted a bid.


I thought that was Veolia?

Indeed it was Veolia.
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Re: Metrolink operating contract up for bid

Postby Backshophoss » Thu Mar 24, 2016 10:15 pm

Both are European based companies,Keolis has done ok with VRE,but the MBTA's winter meltdown last year didn't
help their cause.
Herzog has a few smaller operations that have done well(NMRX,TRE for example)but this might be too large to bid on.
BBD's operation of MARC has been ok(at the least CSX is not mad at them)
BNSF is running MNDOT's Northstar service.

Believe the Coaster(SDNX) might be part of the package,to bid on.
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Re: Metrolink operating contract up for bid

Postby Firstout » Fri Mar 25, 2016 2:27 pm

Backshophoss wrote:Both are European based companies,Keolis has done ok with VRE,but the MBTA's winter meltdown last year didn't
help their cause.
Herzog has a few smaller operations that have done well(NMRX,TRE for example)but this might be too large to bid on.
BBD's operation of MARC has been ok(at the least CSX is not mad at them)
BNSF is running MNDOT's Northstar service.

Believe the Coaster(SDNX) might be part of the package,to bid on.


Coaster was awarded to Bombardier, Herzog (TASI) operates Caltrain in the Bay Area. Mixed bag from what I've heard. The real question is... Is SCRRA forgetful of the consequences of going to a cheaper bidder?
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Re: Metrolink operating contract up for bid

Postby Backshophoss » Fri Mar 25, 2016 9:15 pm

It might come down to how well each bidder handles "service foul ups" along the lines of Chatsworth and Oxnard
And how they recover back to normal service in a timely manner.
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