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HBLR O&M Industry Forum

Project Background

NJ TRANSIT’s contract to operate and maintain the Hudson-Bergen Light Rail (HBLR) transit system will expire soon.
The HBLR has been operated under a Design-Build-Operate-Maintain (DBOM) contract. The system first opened in April 2000, with subsequent extensions opening in 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, and 2006 until the final opening of the extension to 8th Street Station in January 2011. 

Upcoming Procurement Process

During the industry outreach in Q1 2023 (see below), NJ TRANSIT sought feedback on different delivery approaches, including bundling all services into one single contract or splitting services into two contracts. After careful consideration, NJ TRANSIT anticipates a single contract to the successful proposer for the operations, maintenance of way, and maintenance of vehicles and equipment for the HBLR System. 

NJ TRANSIT advertised an Request For Proposals (RFP) on January 4, 2024, to identify contractors to provide continued operations and maintenance of the HBLR. The proposal solicitation can be found on Bid Express. Interested firms should access the Bid Express website using the link provided above to respond to the RFP.

Industry Forum Overview

The Industry Forum was a virtual event, held on January 11, 2023, which provided participants with an overview of the HBLR project and an opportunity to provide direct input to NJ TRANSIT to help shape the eventual procurement. 

WATCH THE FORUM  DOWNLOAD THE PRESENTATION Attending Organizations Questions Received

Subsequent to the Industry Forum event, one-on-one meetings were held with interested parties that responded to a Request for an Expression of Interest and met the eligibility guidelines. Input from industry members helped NJ TRANSIT to evaluate all options on how to best deliver a high-quality service, offering cost-effectiveness and value to New Jersey’s taxpayers.        


Firms shall not contact any member of NJ TRANSIT to discuss plans, concepts, or any future procurement solicitations regarding this project. 

The Industry Forum did not constitute the start of a formal procurement process and participation was not a prerequisite to participating in any future procurement. No firm was advantaged or disadvantaged in subsequent solicitations by either participating or declining to participate in the forum.