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33 LOCAL FIRMS JOIN WITH AEROSPACE-RAILCAR TEAMS IN BIDDING FOR L.A. CAR ORDER

 LOS ANGELES, Feb. 8 /PRNewswire/ -- No less than 33 Southern California small and medium-sized companies listed in the Los Angeles County Transportation Commission's Products and Services Directory, have been included as potential partners to build 87 Standardized Light Rail Vehicles. The 33 companies, many of which are minority or women owned, join five local aerospace giants and four international railcar builders to bid on the "L.A. Car."
 These facts were disclosed when the LACTC opened initial prices received by the four partnerships for the 87-car order this morning. The teams include:
 -- Northrop Corp. with Bombardier Corp.;
 -- Lockheed Corp. and Hughes Aircraft Co. with Morrison Knudsen;
 -- TRW Aerospace Unit, AAI Corp. with Siemens Duewag Corp.;
 -- Rockwell Corp. with Sumitomo Corp.
 The initial price offer received by the four partnerships will be subject to review and negotiation since the car order will not wholly be decided by the lowest price, but by a combination of factors involved in a competitive negotiation process, or "negotiated procurement." The final award will be evaluated and scored on four major components:
 -- Technical portion (35 points);
 -- Cost (35 points);
 -- Advanced Transit Product Development Program (ATPDP) portion
 (15 points); and
 -- Domestic, Disadvantaged and Domestic Business Development
 Contents (15 points).
 The prices submitted by the proposers, listed by team, proposed total contract amount and proposed price per car are as follows (in millions):
 Team Total contract amount Price per car
 Northrop/Bombardier: $235,980,385 $3.18
 Lockheed/Hughes/M-K: $272,558,301 $3.68
 TRW/AAI/Siemens: $223,282,951 $3.01
 Rockwell/Sumitomo: $303,163,574 $4.09
 The prices submitted by the proposers include, but are not limited to, the 72 standardized light rail vehicles, 2 prototype light rail vehicles which will be used to test advanced transit products, spare cars and parts, tools and equipment, shipping, insurance and local L.A. County sales tax. The County of Los Angeles, according to the initial prices, could expect to receive between $17 million and $23.1 million in sales tax revenues.
 An evaluation team comprised of industry experts will review the proposers prices and meet with each proposer team to negotiate a final price. During the next several months, the competitive negotiation process for the 87-car order will review technical proposal and price, discussions and negotiations, and submittal of a Best And Final Offer (BAFO) which requires submittal of a technical proposal that incorporates revisions based upon previous discussions and the Best and Final Price Proposal. The process is expected to conclude by June 1993, when a final team will be awarded the contract.
 The initial prices submitted by the four proposers, and immediately disclosed by the LACTC, is the first time such prices were immediately provided to the public through new state legislation authored by Sen. Quentin Kopp, SB1440, that provides for prices to be made available.
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 /CONTACT: Michael Bustamante or Stephanie Brady of the LACTC Transportation News Bureau, 213-244-6591 or 213-244-6792/


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