Rail station delays add to Dearborn’s contract costs

Amtrak's Wolverine Train #355 passes the new Dearborn station still under construction on March 30, 2014. (Photo by Kenneth Borg)
Amtrak’s Wolverine Train #355 passes the new Dearborn station still under construction on March 30, 2014. (Photo by Kenneth Borg)

From the Dearborn Press and Guide:

The Dearborn city council approved at its meeting Tuesday the addition of about $185,000 to its contract with Neumann Smith, which is providing architect and engineer services for the city’s new Intermodal Passenger Rail Station, bringing the total to about $2.7 million.

“The project was originally scheduled for completion in August 2013,” Council President Susan Dabaja said at the meeting. “Due to circumstances beyond the control of the design team or the City of Dearborn, the construction has been delayed for one year.”

The addtion, requested by the Economic and Community Development Department, accommodates for the costs of extended construction administration services as a result of the delay.

The construction timeline for this project was delayed for a year in part because of the sale of the railroad right-of-way to Amtrak. That denied access to the corridor for almost a year, and access was further delayed when Amtrak took control as an agent of MDOT. MDOT’s design concept for a movable platform was eventually finalized this spring.

The city council also agreed at the meeting to extend the lease with Amtrak for the building and parking lot at the rear of the police and court buildings at the same rate of $31,000 per year.

“Amtrak has leased those facilities since 1978,” Dabja said.

The previously approved lease extensions expired April 1 and the extension will commence from that date. The city agreed to Amtrak’s request to extend the lease on a month-to-month basis not to extend one year, pending the construction of the new train station and prorated to reflect the number of months necessary for Amtrak to move into the new train station facility.

“Hopefully, it will be complete in the next few months,” she said.

The Federal Railroad Administration awarded funds to the City of Dearborn, via MDOT, for the design and construction of the new Dearborn Intermodal Passenger Rail Facility.

Source: http://www.pressandguide.com/articles/2014/04/17/news/doc534ff93a0595b986282218.txt