• Amtrak challenges VRE contract decision

  • Discussion related to DC area passenger rail services from Northern Virginia to Baltimore, MD. Includes Light Rail and Baltimore Subway.
Discussion related to DC area passenger rail services from Northern Virginia to Baltimore, MD. Includes Light Rail and Baltimore Subway.

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  by davinp
 
Amtrak is challenging Virginia Railway Express’s decision to award a five-year, $85 million operations contract to France-based Keolis Rail Services of America.

http://www2.insidenova.com/isn/news/loc ... ion/46202/

Amtrak may have lost to VRE, but they won a contract with LA's Metrolink Commuter Rail.
  by taoyue
 
Did Amtrak actually "win" a contract with Metrolink? The way it's phrased in the [url=ttp://www.metrolinktrains.com/news/?id=4141]press release[/url] ("entering into negotiations with Amtrak "), it sounds like Metrolink decided to sole-source to Amtrak, and are hoping that they won't get screwed too badly on terms. In case negotiations with Amtrak don't work out, their backup plan is to run operations internally without a contractor.
  by chucksc
 
taoyue wrote:Did Amtrak actually "win" a contract with Metrolink? The way it's phrased in the [url=ttp://www.metrolinktrains.com/news/?id=4141]press release[/url] ("entering into negotiations with Amtrak "), it sounds like Metrolink decided to sole-source to Amtrak, and are hoping that they won't get screwed too badly on terms. In case negotiations with Amtrak don't work out, their backup plan is to run operations internally without a contractor.
And isn't that more a political situation rather than a business one considering what happened at Chatsworth and the public hue and cry afterwords???
  by davinp
 
Update:

PRTC has approved VRE's decision to oust Amtrak

VRE chief executive Dale Zehner reviewed the scoring process and concluded that Amtrak's challenge was without merit, Roeber said.

Amtrak also failed to challenge the VRE board's decision within the period allotted, according to a letter Zehner sent to Amtrak on Monday.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/co ... 02620.html
  by taoyue
 
chucksc wrote:And isn't that more a political situation rather than a business one considering what happened at Chatsworth and the public hue and cry afterwords???
chucksc: As the saying goes, "Nobody ever got fired for buying IBM."
  by chucksc
 
taoyue wrote:
chucksc wrote:And isn't that more a political situation rather than a business one considering what happened at Chatsworth and the public hue and cry afterwords???
chucksc: As the saying goes, "Nobody ever got fired for buying IBM."
As a former Univac employee let me say "I heard that!". LOL!