The Foothill Gold Line Construction Authority has started a procurement process to hire a design-build team for the construction of a $1.5bn Foothill Gold Line light rail extension project in the US.

The authority has issued the Request for Qualifications (RFQ), initiating a year-long process to hire the team for the six-station rail extension from Glendora to Montclair.

Said to be the first of a two-step, competitive process, the RFQ will result in a shortlist of the qualified teams competing for the project work.

Interested teams or firms are required to detail their qualifications to complete all elements of the light rail project.

They should also demonstrate financial and legal qualifications to carry out the work.

“We have developed a procurement process that will provide the authority the best contractor for the best price.”

Foothill Gold Line Construction Authority CEO Habib Balian said: “As the first Measure M-funded rail project out of the gate, we know that interest in the project is very high in the industry.

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“We have developed a procurement process that will provide the authority the best contractor for the best price, but it starts by identifying the most qualified teams and focusing our search on those teams.”

Due in January next year, Statements of Qualifications in response to the RFQ will be assessed by an experts committee.

The shortlist of the qualified and experienced teams will be recommended to the authority’s board of directors, following which they will receive the Request for Proposals (RFP) set for release next year.

For the RFP, the shortlisted teams are required to review the engineering and planning for the project and provide their proposals to complete it.