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Release date: 5/4/09
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San Francisco infrastructure contract opportunities stem from $67 million in federal economic stimulus funds
San Francisco—The San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA), which manages the City’s surface transportation network including Muni, announced today the release of its first Request for Proposals for projects it will fund with federal economic stimulus dollars. The federal stimulus bill—the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA)—provides tremendous opportunities for reinvestment in transit infrastructure and improved daily operations.
The SFMTA is eligible to receive $67 million in ARRA funds to complete maintenance, rehabilitation and renovation of rolling stock, facilities and systems. These are priority projects that will help keep Muni in good operating order, maintain equipment in good repair and generally allow Muni to provide consistent and timely service throughout the City.
"San Francisco is committed to preserving our vital infrastructure," said Mayor Gavin Newsom. He continued, "We appreciate the leadership of U.S. Department of Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood in advancing these critical funds to create jobs and to reinvest in infrastructure in San Francisco."
Nathaniel P. Ford Sr, SFMTA Executive Director/CEO, underscored the pressing need for capital reinvestment in Muni. “Muni and our entire transportation system must be capable of serving new generations of residents and visitors who will depend on it to get where they want to go in this Transit First city.”
The first project going to bid, which has been allocated $16 million in ARRA funding, will directly improve vehicle availability, service reliability and performance by rehabilitating approximately 40 standard and 20 articulated Muni buses. Interested vendors should attend the pre-proposal conference at 10 a.m. on May 22 at the SFMTA Offices, 1 South Van Ness Avenue and visit www.sfmta.com/recovery for updates. Under each project description a link to all contract bid documents will be active as they become available.
The SFMTA will capitalize on the ARRA funds and the corresponding local job creation by reaching out to businesses who will be integral partners in the prompt completion of these crucial infrastructure improvements for San Francisco.
On March 4, the SFMTA met with over 200 vendors to share information on contracting opportunities including upcoming projects specifically funded by ARRA. During the meeting, the SFMTA shared the most recent details of projects to be included and allowed business representatives an opportunity to network with SFMTA project support staff as well as each other.
The SFMTA will direct the ARRA funds to “shovel-ready,” capital projects designed to rehabilitate, update and renew transit vehicles, facilities and vital systems as well as to improve customer convenience features. “These projects are part of the SFMTA’s overall focus on protecting the public’s investment in San Francisco’s transit infrastructure,” Ford said.
Implementation of the SFMTA ARRA projects will create and retain an estimated 2,000 jobs, thus infusing money into the economy while also reversing a trend of deferred maintenance caused by inadequate reinvestment in the transit system.
As additional sources of federal stimulus funding become available in the near future, the SFMTA is fully prepared to compete for these funds to make improvements to the City’s ground transportation network including: walking, bicycling, transit, parking, traffic and taxis.
ARRA funds are being distributed in the Bay Area by the Metropolitan Transportation Commission, the region’s planning organization that dispenses federal funds.
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