A while back we told you that Sound Transit was going to put out an RFP for vendors to install cell service in light rail tunnels, including the downtown tunnel and U-Link. Well, the bids are in and we have a winner. The winning vendor, Mobilitie, will install cellular service for all 4 major US companies, and pay Sound Transit for the privilege of doing so (Mobilitie will, in turn, charge the telcos for the service). Per ST (pdf):
The vendor will completely fund the design, installation, operation and maintenance of the wireless project and will pay Sound Transit a monthly fee of $7,500 for the entire license term, including any option years. There will be no cost to Sound Transit for the installation of the system aside from some administrative costs that are expected to be less than the monthly fee Sound Transit receives from the vendor. For future light rail expansions, the vendor will make a one-time capital payment of $250,000 for each additional link segment, including the University Link Extension, East Link Extension and Northgate Link Extension. Upon the completion of the Northgate Link Extension, Mobilitie will provide an additional one-time capital payment of $50,000.
Timing for the installation is not given. Hat tip to reader Joe S.
Update: Sound Transit’s Bruce Gray let us know that the board still needs to formally approve the proposal in a few weeks, but this is the staff’s recommended vendor and approach. It should be operational by mid-2016.