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34 Procurement Additionally, the contract stated that the contractor must obtain and pay the cost of all necessary govern- Scope of Work ment approvals to execute the work. The contractor has the responsibility to maintain all stipulations for gov- The contract documents for SNJLRTS stipulated the ernment approvals as well as to perform any required project's scope as the design, construction, operation, environmental mitigation in the owner's permits. and maintenance of the Initial Operating Corridor from Camden, New Jersey, to Trenton, New Jersey. The de- Process Overview sign portion of the scope includes producing design drawings, specifications, and calculations. All portions NJ Transit first solicited statements of qualifications of the design scope must comply with the Mandatory from interested consortia and firms. A key aspect of the Requirements of the contract and referenced standards, prequalification process was the prohibition of propos- codes, and legislative requirements. Reference Docu- ers requiring exclusive agreements of diesel light-rail ments were also provided to the proposers for informa- car manufacturers; this condition was included to per- tional purposes only. The construction portion of the mit car suppliers to participate in multiple teams, scope includes the manufacture, fabrication, and instal- thereby increasing the number of potential proposers. lation of all elements needed to operate an LRT system Prequalified teams were then invited to submit an in the initial operating corridor. The elements of the initial, unpriced proposal consisting of an executive design and construction scope included the following: summary, management proposal, technical proposal, O&M proposal, identification of cost drivers, and un- Earthwork. priced project schedule. NJ Transit distributed the ini- New and rehabilitated track. tial proposals to technical subcommittees to assess con- Drainage structures and facilities. formance with instructions, general satisfaction of New and modified roadways and grade crossings. project requirements, evidence the bidder can deliver New and rehabilitated structures. the project, compliance with goals for minority- and Station stops and parking areas. women-owned business enterprise participation, and Landscaping. any proposed alternatives. NJ Transit maintained the Utility relocations and protections. sole discretion to invite bidders to confidential meetings Light rail train car storage and maintenance facili- regarding initial proposals, regardless of technical sub- ties. committee assessments. Control center. Subsequently, proposers submitted final proposals Traffic signals. and price proposals. The final proposals included an Signage and striping. executive summary as well as management, technical, LRT cars. and O&M proposals. The price proposal included a price Signal and communications system. proposal, DB escrow documents, and O&M escrow documents. Any unauthorized exceptions to the re- The scope of the operations portion of the project in- quirements were cause for bid rejection. The technical cludes the management and administration of the sys- subcommittees then sent compliant proposals to the tem, vehicle operation, full-time dispatching, safety, evaluation committee for consideration for selection. and security. The track configuration, fleet size, and Selection and Award Criteria system design and capabilities had to support a revenue service headway of 15 minutes during peak periods and NJ Transit's evaluation committee reviewed the final 30 minutes during off-peak periods in each direction of proposals according to pass/fail criteria and assessed the Initial Operating Corridor. criteria. The pass/fail criteria included acceptable com- The maintenance portion of the project scope in- pany structure, bid guarantees, performance commit- cluded responsibility for maintaining: ment guarantees, financial requirements, and technical requirements. The assessed criteria are depicted in LRT cars. Table 12. Track. Signaling equipment. Grade crossing equipment. Communications equipment. Telephones. Buildings and structures. The scope also addressed street-running sections of the SNJLRTS, which require maintenance for affected highway systems and road traffic signals, associated signal and crossing equipment, and permanent road markings. The contractor operations agreement is for 10 years after the completion of the construction.