A short summary of what we know to date regarding the Metrorail plan to replace their current fleet of cars. The summary was written by Miami-Dade transit in July 2012:
Metrorail New Vehicle Replacement
Based on the final negotiated price to rehabilitate the existing 136 rail car fleet, current operating and market conditions, and the results of life cycle cost analyses of new versus rehab, MiamiDade County has determined that the procurement of new rail cars in lieu of rehabilitation would present a best value procurement option at this time. The Miami-Dade BCC and the Citizens’ Independent Transportation Trust (CITT) approved the $401 million procurement of 136 new Metrorail vehicles featuring more comfortable interiors and a self-diagnostic system to address mechanical issues before they result in failures. The Request for Proposals (RFP No. 654) was issued on March 31, 2009. Car manufacturers Alstom, AnsaldoBreda, and CAF submitted proposals on September 25, 2009. The MDT Project Team completed evaluation of the proposals and negotiations with the two responsive proposers. The Department of Procurement Management (DPM) has completed its Responsibility Reviews and the then County Manager recommended AnsaldoBreda to the Miami-Dade BCC for contract award.
A protest was filed by CAF against the Manager’s award recommendation in February 2011. The protest was resolved by a hearing examiner in favor of the County in March 2011. CAF then filed an appeal to the FTA which ruled in favor of CAF in November 2011. The ruling issued instructions to the County to review the Best and Final Offer (BAFO) proposals for CAF and AnsaldoBreda and eliminate violations of FTA regulations regarding Geographical Preferences (FTA Circular 4220.1F). The Negotiating Committee was reconvened in December 2011 and reviewed the BAFO proposals and upheld their decision to for awarding the Contract to AnsaldoBreda after all FTA issues were addressed. The revised memorandum to recommend award to the selected car builder is currently being finalized by DPM. Notice to Proceed is scheduled for mid-2012 with delivery of the first prototype vehicles are scheduled to arrive in the last quarter of 2014.