Quincy, MA – The Attorney General’s office has ruled that the MBTA violated the law by failing to publicly bid construction of a new parking garage at the North Quincy MBTA station. The ruling, which requires the construction of the garage to be put out to bid, was issued in response to a bid protest filed by the New England Regional Council of Carpenters.
Thomas Flynn, executive secretary-treasurer of the union, said, “This decision is a welcome, common-sense application of public construction laws. The garage is on MBTA property, the MBTA will have oversight on construction, the garage will serve MBTA customers, and the MBTA will maintain the revenue from the parking spaces. There is no basis for the MBTA to avoid its obligations to the public, and the garage needs to bid under public procurement laws.”
The MBTA issued an invitation to bid for the investment and development of two parcels at the North Quincy MBTA station. The project, as currently designed, would include residential and retail units and a parking garage to replace the 852 parking spots now onsite for MBTA users.
Flynn said there should be significant interest in bidding for the garage when it is put out to bid and is pleased it will be an open and fair process.