ACS stopped at the gate

ACS Public Sector Solutions Inc. hasn't been short-listed to bid on TransLink's smart card and fare gate project, Public Eye has learned. In an interview, former Vision Vancouver mayor candidate Jim Green confirmed his consulting firm was hired by ACS to "work on seeing what we could do to support their effort" in winning the contract for that project, which has a budget of $171.30 million. But, he said, "unless something drastically changes, we're out of the picture...They were not part of the three that was selected."

ACS was one of one of ten companies that participated in the request for qualifications process to determine who would be invited to bid on the smart card and fare gate project.

Among those firms was Cubic Transportation Systems Inc., which hired the premier former deputy minister Ken Dobell in 2008 provide the company with advice on then transportation and infrastructure minister Kevin Falcon's plan to reduce fare cheating and improve security on Vancouver's transit system by installing electronic turnstiles at every SkyTrain and Canada Line station by 2010.

Mr. Green said the request for qualification process, which got underway in December 2008, was "weird because you could not contact any TransLink officials, you couldn't approach members of the mayor's council and TransLink and you couldn't contact the minister. So what we did is we went to the opposition and the unions and talked to them about what they thought and we told them what we were doing."

Which explains why Jim Green and Associates showed up on the lobbyists registry, as first reported by the Georgia Straight's Charlie Smith.

TransLink is expected to announce later today or tomorrow which companies have made it onto the shortlist.

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