Work on California’s $68-billion high-speed rail line is due to start in six weeks, but the construction team that came in with the lowest bid also came in with the lowest-ranked “design quality, safety plan, and engineering,” according the LA Times (28.05.13). Excellent.
Tutor Perini’s $985-million bid to build the first section of the line, through the Central Valley, won the day after several rule changes that practically guaranteed the cheapest option would prevail; they came in way under the $1.4-billion bid made by a Spanish team with the highest technical marks. But Tutor Perini chief exec Ron Tutor wants to assure us all that his firm is totally up to the job, and definitely did not underbid for the work only to gouge taxpayers later. See how reassuring he sounds?