Passenger Transport August 2019 Vol 77 No 14 - 1

THE SOURCE FOR PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION NEWS AND ANALYSIS

Breaking
News
Sound Transit
Moves
Closer to Light Rail
On Floating Bridge

SOUND TRANSIT IN SEATTLE IS a step closer to a firstin-the-world achievement-operating light rail on a floating
bridge. The agency has completed installation of the first of
eight track bridges that will enable vehicles to transition onto
the bridge and specialized track attachments that minimize
weight and isolate stray current from the electric system that
powers the trains.
When it opens in 2023, Sound Transit's Blue Line light rail
will operate on the Homer M. Hadley floating bridge, which
crosses Lake Washington on I-90 to connect Seattle with
Mercer Island.
The agency is attaching almost 9,000 lightweight concrete
blocks to the bridge deck using epoxy. The rail is set on the
blocks, with steel tie bars placed between them to maintain
gauge, similar to standard railroad tie systems.
The eight track bridges have been specifically created to
compensate for six ranges of lake motion to enable trains
to travel safely from the fixed sections of the bridge to the
floating section. All of them should be in place by the end of
this year.

Sound Transit workers install rail on top of concrete blocks attached to
the surface of a floating bridge across Lake Washington.

MONDAY, AUGUST 5, 2019

| VOLUME 77, NO. 14

Examining Procurement
In the Changing
Mobility Landscape
THROUGHOUT THE YEAR, Passenger Transport highlights certain
areas of interest to the industry including, among others, technology,
sustainability and security. This issue looks at procurement and the
relationship between procurement practices and Mobility as a Service,
technology, diversity and inclusion and cyber-security.

Transforming Procurement to Transform Transit
BY JOHN ADLER
Vice President, Procurement
Dallas Area Rapid Transit

WHEN HE WAS RECOGNIZED AS APTA's
2016 Outstanding Public
Transportation Manager, DART
President/Executive Director
Gary Thomas said, "People
need to have transportation
choices; therefore, we must
continually seek opportunities
to enhance connectivity and
build an infrastructure that will
support current and future riders for decades to
come."
In his January 2019 Passenger Transport One
Question response, San Diego Metropolitan
Transit System CEO Paul Jablonski discussed
turning Mobility as a Service (MaaS) into reality through "unified leadership at all levels of
government and private enterprise." In another
January 2019 One Question response, Emmett
Heath, CEO of Community Transit, Snohomish
County, WA, discussed "collaboration with partners to ensure an easy customer journey."
By now every public transit property is, or at
least should be, chasing the concept of Mobility
as a Service. MaaS is about making mobility so
convenient that folks are willing to give up their
personal cars for public and private transportation services.
To deliver MaaS, we need a network of public
and private transportation providers wrapped
around a technology core. This network is a
patchwork quilt of interchangeable public and
private transit providers, applications, prime
contractors and subcontractors, and other
parts. Building this network goes far beyond our
traditional public procurement practices.

Our procurement challenge is to build the
procurement system that can make MaaS
a reality. What does it take to meet this
challenge?
In its 2013 paper, Charting the Course: Why
procurement must transform itself by 2020,
Deloitte predicted that procurement must focus
on four capabilities:
* Innovation and creativity;
* Linkage and alliance;
* Talent; and
* Technology and intelligence
These capabilities are essential today. In a
2016 survey of public stakeholders, including procurement officials, The Volcker Alliance
reported procurement weaknesses in program
and project management, requirements planning and understanding, business acumen and
financial analysis, problem solving and critical
thinking, risk analysis and management, market
alignment and expertise and other core competencies. We need to address these weaknesses
now while not losing sight of our principles of
full and open competition, transparency, and fair
and equitable treatment of suppliers.
It's time for public transit procurement to step
up and APTA is here to coordinate the effort.
The APTA Procurement and Materials Management Committee, Procurement Steering Committee, Technology Committee and Standards
Oversight Council are each focusing on procurement innovation. APTA is also offering four
Procurement Summit sessions during the 2019
APTA TRANSform Conference: a reimagined
Annual Meeting. (See page 3.)
We must transform procurement to transform
public transit.

PERSPECTIVES ON PROCUREMENT
CONTINUED ON PAGE 6



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