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May 24, 2013

Rebid on operations center saved $42G, CamTran says

JOHNSTOWN — CamTran expects to save about $42,000 on precast concrete walls for its new $20 million operations center after a second round of bids.

The Cambria County Transit Authority board on Friday awarded the $1,532,550 contract to New Crete Products of Roaring Spring, part of New Enterprise Stone & Lime Co.

Site work began recently at the new facility’s location along Maple Avenue in the city’s Woodvale section, but several construction contracts have not been awarded.

Bids came in higher than expected and were advertised again, with modifications to save money.

“We saved $42,000 from the initial bids,” Chairman Ed Cernic Jr. said during the meeting.

Bids on a few remaining components of construction will be opened in coming weeks, but the walls require time to design and prepare, he explained.

“That’s the very next step, and there is a lot of lead time on that,” Cernic said.

In other matters, the authority gave tentative approval to renewal of Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield for employees’ health care insurance with a 16 percent premium increase.

The board left open the option for a different policy, pending approval by the drivers union.

The change could save the organization about $22,000, Cernic said.

Driver John Porter was presented with a distinguished service award for his “quick thinking and calm demeanor” to safely bring his bus to a stop after a deer smashed through the windshield and thrashed around the passenger area. A video of the incident has attracted international attention, reaching more than 5 million views on YouTube.

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