Intermodal Change



MATA's intermodal terminal, currently about 60 percent done and scheduled for completion next May, is already a million dollars over budget, and that figure is climbing.

MATA staff have already processed $959,997 in change orders for the original $9.62 million intermodal project, $750,000 of it stemming from a problem with the building's original design. Procurement policies say that staff can do change orders up to 10 percent of the contract amount.

Because the transit authority estimates an additional $650,000 in costs related to the design problem, the MATA board had to approve changing Zellner Construction Services' contract to reflect a cost of $11.48 million for the facility.

MATA is seeking reimbursement of all the construction-related costs — roughly $1.4 million — through the architect's errors and omissions insurance.

In other news, MATA board members and staff will participate in a retreat early next month. As part of the retreat, they've challenged themselves to ride MATA to the retreat facility.

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