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Five Star Electric wins $67M New York MTA cabling project

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Award: MTA Connection-Oriented Ethernet Project
Value: $67 million
Location: New York City
Clients: New York Metropolitan Transportation Authority

Five Star Electric, a subsidiary of Sylmar, California-based Tutor Perini, has won a $67 million contract from the New York Metropolitan Transportation Authority for internet infrastructure work, the company announced. 

Five Star, which is based in New York City, will replace approximately 150,000 feet of fiber-optic cable for the MTA’s Connection-Oriented Ethernet Phase 3C project, according to a news release. Other components include:

  • Interconnecting and integrating more than 360 branch sites into MTA’s network.
  • Connecting, testing and integrating existing service delivery switches at more than 150 branch sites.
  • Integrating existing closed circuit television cameras at 125 stations to existing video management and physical security information management systems.

MTA is funding 100% of the project and put the job out to bid last October, according to a contract solicitation noticeContractors were required to register with the federal government’s System for Award Management (SAM) database to validate vendor information and request bid documents as well as the MTA’s Vendor Portal.   

MTA is North America’s largest transportation network, according to its website, serving a population of 15.3 million people across a 5,000-square-mile travel area surrounding New York City, Long Island, southeastern New York State, and Connecticut. Its network comprises the nation’s largest bus fleet and more subway and commuter rail cars than all other U.S. transit systems combined. 

Five Star has completed work for the MTA in the past. In 2013, it won two signal system modernization contracts valued at $225 million.

Five Star recently started work on the current ethernet cabling project, according to the release, which it expects to complete in late 2028.

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