Procurement of New Passenger Rail Cars from Japan

by H. F. Cavanaugh, California DOT, San Francisco, CA, USA,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Organization and Management of Public Transport Projects


In May 1983 the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) signed a contract with Sumitomo Corporation of America, in which Sumitomo agreed to furnish 63 new stainless steel gallery type passenger rail cars. Caltrans will utilize the new cars in the Peninsula Commute Service operated by the Southern Pacific Transportation Company between San Francisco and San Jose, California. This paper details some of the challenges that have confronted Caltrans and the carbuilder in administering this contract. In particular, the methods used to coordinate with a foreign contractor, handle contract change orders, and handle Buy-America requirements are explained.

Subject Headings: Railroad trains | Rail transportation | Procurement | Passengers | Contracts and subcontracts | Change orders | Corporations | Stainless steel | Japan | Asia | California | United States

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