METRO Seeks Small Business Participation In METRO Solutions Phase 2 Projects
October 26, 2005
METRO is creating business opportunities for small Houston firms by hosting a
forum where they can introduce themselves to large firms for potential
collaboration on engineering and construction contracts to be awarded under
METRO's $2 billion Phase 2 mobility projects.
Approximately 250 companies are taking part in the two-day Industry Review
Forum, which began yesterday and concludes today at the Marriott Hotel in the
Texas Medical Center.
Frank J. Wilson, METRO President and CEO, set the stage for the forum by
describing "METRO's sacred commitments to project schedules, budgets and
performance standards." One of these performance measures, he explained, is to
implement a contracting plan that is effective and equitable, including
adherence to METRO's small business goal of 35 percent participation.
"The Referendum that created METRO Solutions was supported by all segments of
the community," Wilson said. "The sales tax that fuels the METRO Solutions
financial engine is paid by all segments of the community. And the construction
burdens resulting from this major building program will impact all segments of
the community. Therefore, we believe that all segments of this community must
participate and benefit from the implementation of this enterprise."
METRO executives updated attendees on the five transit corridors that were
described June 13th when METRO launched the METRO Solutions Phase 2
Implementation Plan. The corridors will use a combination of light rail and
other guided rapid transit vehicles. Because these vehicles will provide faster
service than traditional fixed route buses, they have been designated "Quick
Lines" by METRO.
Participants heard impassioned luncheon remarks from Rev. Kirbyjon Caldwell,
Senior Pastor of the Windsor Village United Methodist Church and a Board Member
of the Greater Houston Partnership. Rev. Caldwell called attention to METRO's
successful start up of light rail and he emphasized the need for additional
transit investments because of Houston's growing population. He expressed
confidence that METRO would continue its solid record of small business