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THREE MBE/WBE FIRMS CHOSEN TO PROVIDE CONSTRUCTION MANAGEMENT SERVICES FOR THE MTA

 LOS ANGELES, Feb. 26 /PRNewswire/ -- The Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority yesterday selected three minority and women-owned businesses to take a collective lead role as construction manager for Metro Blue Line and Metro Red Line retrofit work required by the Americans with Disabilities Act. The three successful MBE/WBE firms are: Anil Verma, G. Kabler and Robert McKee and Associates. Robert McKee and Associates is a joint venture which includes a number of MBE/WBE firms. Together these companies will oversee procurement and installation of station identification signs, elevator emergency communication phones, removal and replacement of platform edges, and related special projects and enhancements intended to better accommodate persons with disabilities who seek access to Metro Blue Line and Metro Red Line trains.
 "The selection of these three highly experienced and capable businesses expresses the MTA's intent to provide a solid opportunity to involve MBE/WBEs as construction managers in the completion of our 400-mile rail program, " stated Richard Alatorre, MTA chairman. "Through our continued efforts to identify similar opportunities for MBE/WBE firms, the MTA make good on its commitment to increase overall participation of viable minority and women-owned businesses in order to complete implementation of the MTA's 30-year intermodal
transportation plan. Through this commitment we will also do our part toward stimulating increased productivity for the economy here in Los Angeles County," Alatorre continued.
 The contract ADA retrofit work is targeted for 10 Metro Blue Line and the five Metro Red Line, Segment One rail stations. Enhancements are also planned for two Blue Line parking lots. The contract term is five years and is valued at an estimated $13.1 million.
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 /CONTACT: Kathy Jones Irish or Stephanie Brady of LACTC/MTA News Bureau, 213-244-6856 or 213-244-6792/


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