M-9/M-9A Commuter Railcar Procurement
On June 6, 2012 the Long Island Rail Road Company (LIRR) and Metro-North Commuter Railroad Company (MCNR) (collectively, the Railroads) solicited Phase I–Qualification Proposals from interested firms for the design, manufacture, test and delivery of M-9 Passenger Cars together with certain Apparatus (spare parts, special tools, bench test equipment, etc. as designated in the Contract Documents). The Railroads will be procuring 76 M-9 Married-Pair EMU Cars for LIRR in the Base Order and up to 600 additional M-9 Cars by exercise of multiple options under the M-9 Contract. Request for Phase II–Technical and Price Proposals was released on October 12, 2012 to those firms that were deemed qualified (or conditionally qualified) to participate in Phase II of this procurement. Contract award is expected to be made in the 3nd Quarter of 2013 with delivery of the Base Order Production Cars commencing in July 2017.
LIRR also intends to procure 160 M-9A Cars, which will be solicited separately and in a subsequent RFP pursuant to Federal procurement laws and regulations. In a Request for Expression of Interest dated on or about September 1, 2011, LIRR initially determined that the M-9 and M-9A Cars would be procured in two separate but related procurements concurrently. However, LIRR has now determined that it will purchase the M-9A Cars in a subsequent procurement, which is scheduled to be solicited in the 2nd qtr. of 2013. The M-9A Cars will be solicited based upon substantially identical Technical Provisions as the M-9 Cars, and must be interoperable with M-9 Cars.
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