On June 14, 2018 at 12:50pm, the Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) Board unanimously voted on awarding eight companies each $25 million On-Call Construction Management Contracts. The Ghirardelli Associate’s team will be one of the eight teams awarded to deliver projects for the $3.5 billion General Obligation Bond—Measure RR—over the next five years. This work will help rebuild and upgrade the backbone of the Bay Area transportation system. BART originally carried 100,000 people per week, but now serves roughly 440,000 riders per weekday, and ridership is expected to increase 75% by 2040. The 44-year-old system is showing its age. Reinvestment is necessary to keep BART safe and reliable, to reduce crowding, and to keep cars off the road. Ghirardelli Associates will be there to help BART rebuild their aging system.
Funds must be spent on specific infrastructure programs:
- Replace 90 miles of rail that has been severely worn down over 44 years of use
- Repair tunnel walls damaged by water
- Modernize BART’s 1960s-era electrical infrastructure
- Enhance BART’s ability to withstand an earthquake
- Prevent breakdowns and delays by replacing antiquated train control systems