Losing rail bidder asks FTA to terminate contract

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - One of the companies that did not win the contract for Honolulu's rail transit system is asking the Federal Transit Administration to step in.

Bombardier Transportation USA Inc. says the City did not follow both State and Federal procurement code by never conducting meaningful discussions with Bombardier about specific language in its proposal. Bombardier has asked the FTA to terminate the contract.

Bombardier also plans to file an appeal in Circuit Court claiming the city did not follow procurement code.

In the appeal Bombardier maintains that there were mistakes made by the DCCA Hearings Officer in his written summary judgment that upheld the City disqualification of the Bombardier proposal.

Bombardier and Sumitomo Corporation of America both have protested the city's award of the $574 million contract to Ansaldo Honolulu to build the train cars and provide the rail system's control center.

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