CORRECTED DATE: October 31, 2009
For Immediate Release
VICTORY FOR TAXPAYERS -- BREDA FAILS TO SIGN MTA CONTRACT
LOS ANGELES COUNTY – “As we predicted, Breda failed once again to deliver on a promise made to the people of Los Angeles County,” said Supervisor and MTA Director Michael D. Antonovich on the announcement that the rail car company has declined to sign the contract to build cars for the MTA.
“We knew the emperor had no clothes but Los Angeles City insiders and special interests attempted to ram through a sub-standard outfit, creating costly delays in the MTA's ability to seek a legitimate firm to build railcars for the Foothill Extension, the Crenshaw/LAX Line and the Expo Line,” said Antonovich. “However, Breda's failure is a significant victory for County taxpayers as the MTA is now obligated to issue a Request for Proposals to secure a cost-effective contact with a reputable company who will build quality rail cars, on budget and on time that will serve all of the County's railcar needs.”
"Breda still is obligated to deliver the remainder of the cars owed on their current contract and to fix the overweight, undersized cars they have already delivered," added Antonovich, "the MTA must hold Breda accountable on this issue."
Contact: Tony Bell, Communications Deputy
Office: (213) 974-5555 Cell: (213) 215-5176