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Release date: 9/28/10

*** Press Release ***

The San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency’s (SFMTA), which oversees the Municipal Railway (Muni) and all surface transportation in San Francisco, announced today that it is joining the Laborers’ International Union of North America (LIUNA) to host the Central Subway Prime Tunneling Contractor conference 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Wednesday, September 29 at the Holiday Inn San Francisco International Airport in South San Francisco. The conference will allow the world’s largest tunneling and underground construction contractors to preview five upcoming bid packages for the $1.57 billion Central Subway Project.

“The SFMTA is pleased to welcome the most experienced tunnel and underground contractors to San Francisco to share with them the exciting opportunities afforded by the upcoming construction packages for the Central Subway Project,” said Nathaniel P. Ford Sr., Executive Director/CEO. “As we strive to improve our transportation system, we look forward to having these skilled contractors compete to work on this vital project.”

In addition to a briefing on the construction bid packages, the attendees will receive information on local hiring goals and the existing job programs that can provide bidders the necessary resources to successfully complete the construction packages. The Central Subway Project is expected to create thousands of local jobs and employment opportunities.

The Central Subway Project is the 1.7-mile second phase and extension of the Third Street Light Rail system currently underway in San Francisco. Tomorrow, the SFMTA Central Subway Project in conjunction with LIUNA will host the most highly regarded tunneling and underground contractors from around the world at a conference to receive informational briefings on the project and the five upcoming construction packages totaling over $700 million dollars.

The construction packages include:

  • 1.7 mile Twin Bore Tunnels - $200,000,000

This package involves constructing tunnels using tunnel boring machines and includes a launch box and extraction shaft.

  • Moscone Station - $90,000,000

This package involves constructing a 200 ft station that is 50 ft deep in the South of Market Area.

  • Union Square/Market Street Station - $170,000,000

This package involves constructing a station reaching a depth of 100 ft which will have a direct connection to BART and the other Muni underground lines at the Powell Street station.

  • Chinatown Station - $150,000,000

The package specifies the Sequential Excavation Method (SEM) to construct a station that will be 60 ft under the congested Chinatown area.

  • Trackwork, Systems,& Surface Station - $150,000,000

This package is to construct trackwork, systems and a surface station at 4th and Brannan streets.

In addition to the largest contracting firms from the U.S., the SFMTA has confirmed the attendance of international companies representing Spain, Japan, Italy and Germany. The SFMTA invited these companies because they are recognized leaders in their highly skilled profession and possess the bonding capacity to successfully compete for these jobs.

The SFMTA plans to host a second conference in the future when subcontractors will be invited to meet potential prime contractors before the construction packages go out to bid. This will give the prime contractors an opportunity to develop relationships and form teams in preparation for bid submittals.

For additional information on the Central Subway Prime Tunneling Contractor Conference, please contact Central Subway External Affairs Manager Brajah Norris at 415.701.5263.

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