BY JIM DOOLEY – The city has awarded a new, $33.4 million contract to Infraconsult LLC, the company that has already received nearly $50 million in contracts to oversee the $5.2 billion Honolulu rapid transit project.

Award of the new job to Infraconsult was posted yesterday on the city’s procurement website.

Although the city sought competitive bids for the project management contract, only Infraconsult submitted an offer, according to the procurement posting.

The same thing happened the last time the city put the rapid transit management contract out for bid in 2009.

Only Infraconsult submitted an offer for that $36.7 million contract and city officials speculated then that other possible bidders felt they could not compete with Infraconsult for the work.

The city first hired Infraconsult for rapid transit-related work under a 2007, $11.9 million contract.

Mayor Peter Carlisle’s office and the Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transportation (HART) did not respond today to emailed requests for information about the new contract.

The 2009, $36.7 million Infraconsult contract was supposed to last for five years.

The effective date and duration of the new deal with Infraconsult are not known.

The rail management contract requires Infraconsult to oversee construction and design work for the massive public works project, which will involve operation of an elevated rail system from Kapolei to central Honolulu.

The project’s principal designer, PB Americas, Inc., has ties to Infraconsult, but city auditors found no conflicts of interest or improprieties in previous rail-related contract awards to either of the companies.

Infraconsult was incorporated in 2006 in Arizona by former executives of Parsons Brinckerhoff, the corporate predecessor of PB Americas.