Gateway Program Development Corp. announced it launched a virtual data room to provide potential bidders with important technical information about the Hudson Tunnel Project.
The data room approach will give private sector firms access to information not typically available until the formal procurement process. The new technology will allow for firms to review existing data and propose locations for additional geotechnical investigation.
“By developing the Virtual Data Room prior to the formal procurement process on the Hudson Tunnel Project, the Gateway Program Development Corp. has established an innovative solution to knowledge sharing and engagement with the private sector,” said Gov. Phil Murphy in a statement. “The Gateway program is the most urgent infrastructure program in the country.”
According to a release from the Gateway Program, the Hudson Tunnel Project will construct a new passenger rail tunnel under the Hudson River between New Jersey and Penn Station New York, and provide for the rehabilitation of the existing North River Tunnel without impacting the 450 commuter and intercity trains that use the existing tunnel each day.
Future borings will supplement the data obtained during preliminary engineering of the Hudson Tunnel Project, which will also be available. Historical geotechnical information from the ARC project, Hudson Bergen Light Rail Project, Lincoln Tunnel, and the North River Tunnel will also be available in the data room.
This approach has the potential to save time during the upcoming procurement process by bringing forward some of the boring requests that would otherwise occur after issuance of a request for proposals.
The Virtual Data Room will be accessible to qualified organizations, who can request secure access through the GDC website at www.gatewayprogram.org/workwithus.html.