Honolulu Metro

Several consortium’s are currently in the bidding to build Honolulu’s new metro lineThe Honolulu Metro project.  Bombardier, featuring Advanced Rapid Transit technology (SkyTrain), is among the competitors to build Hawaii’s inaugural rapid transit rail line.  Bombardier is currently viewed as the favourite competitor and should it win the bid, it would be the first American city to build a modern fixed guideway ART system after New York’s 2003 completion of its airport Air Train. The rail technology we commonly call SkyTrain has been rapidly implemented around the world in the last decade.

3 bidding for Oahu rail
Two train suppliers now say they won’t submit bids
Monday, July 6, 2009

Vancouvers SkyTrain system, considered comparable to the rail system planned for Oahu, uses trains built by Berlin-based Bombardier Transportation, among the companies competing for Honolulus rail contract.

Vancouver's SkyTrain system, considered comparable to the rail system planned for O'ahu, uses trains built by Berlin-based Bombardier Transportation, among the companies competing for Honolulu's rail contract.

Two major train suppliers have pulled out of the running to provide vehicles and systems for Honolulu’s planned rapid transit system.

That leaves three companies competing for the estimated $230 million city contract scheduled to be awarded next year. The vehicles and systems contract is a small part of the $5.4 billion rail project. However, the style of the rail cars chosen will determine much of the system’s overall character.

Two companies that won’t be providing the trains are Paris-based Alstom and Sacramento, Calif.-based Siemens Transportation Systems Inc. Both companies confirmed last week that they won’t be bidding on Honolulu’s project.

That probably makes the world’s No. 1 train supplier, Bombardier Transportation, a favorite for the deal. So far Berlin-based Bombardier Transportation; Genoa, Italy-based Ansaldo STS and a consortium led by New York City-based Sumitomo Corporation of America are the only other competitors that have announced interest in the contract.

Siemens, which calls itself the nation’s No. 1 maker of light rail vehicles, did not explain why it’s not interested in the project. Alstom, which says it is No. 1 in the high- and very-high-speed train sector, said it decided not to bid on Honolulu’s project based on the level of competition and the size of the city’s contract.

“We took a look at this one and said, ‘Yeah there’s three real good competitors,’ ” said Charles Wo- chele, an Alstom vice president for marketing and business development. “We know them well, we compete with them. If our car fit better with the specifications and we had something that was a little closer fit, we’d go after it. But we’re chasing some big projects in the Mainland right now and you can’t chase them all.”

Source: Honolulu Advertiser

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