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Fluor, Lane Construction team exits role on $3.3bn light rail project

6 May 2020 | By GCR Staff | 3 Comments

A team of North American companies working on Washington, DC’s Purple Line has left the project, citing delays, costs and third-party lawsuits as the reason for quitting.

The Purple Line Transit Constructors (PLTC) is made up of Fluor, Lane Construction, Traylor Bros and Atkins. The $3.3bn contract it won in March 2016 was for a 26km light rail system with 21 stations, and a commission to  operate the line for 36 years.

PLTC are leaving the design-and-build contract, citing a clause that permits it to walk away if delays exceed 365 days.

PLTC said it had spent almost three years negotiating with the Maryland Department of Transportation (MDOT) and Maryland Transit Administration (MTA) over the terms of its involvement.

The group commented that costs and delays had occurred as a result of events that were beyond its control, and that the MDOT and the MTA did not allow it the additional time and money it needed to complete the development.

PLTC also cited other reasons for leaving, including delayed right-of-way acquisition, changes to regulations and third-party agreements and a lack of resolution for the costs of third-party lawsuits.

Scott Risley, the consortium’s project director, said: “PLTC still firmly believes in the goals and mission of the Purple Line Project and the important benefits it will deliver to Maryland.

“Unfortunately, due to circumstances outside of PLTC’s control, there were multiple delays on the project and PLTC was unable to obtain the time and cost relief to which it is entitled from MDOT/MTA. Regretfully, PLTC simply cannot complete the project under these circumstances.”

Despite PLTC’s departure from the project, Purple Line Transit Partners, which contains Fluor as one of three concessionaires, is still involved in the project.

PLTC says the termination process will take between 60 and 90 days to carry out.

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