Dilworth Paxson has represented the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA) for over 40 years, in a variety of high-profile matters including structuring procurement procedures, defending bid protests and rate structure challenges, and managing complex commercial litigation matters.

When SEPTA recently decided to replace many of its older commuter rail cars with new models, the initial award was challenged. SEPTA retained Dilworth to defend the award. The Firm also utilized experience gained from working with other government agencies to assist SEPTA in structuring a revised procurement procedure, which would withstand the challenges that hampered the initial procurement. The resulting procurement was not challenged and the contract was successfully awarded.

The Firm has been retained as SEPTA’s counsel on other procurements using the “Best Value” procedures, including SEPTA’s procurement of a new automated fare collection system. Additionally, Dilworth supported the development of an RFP for the implementation of a fare collection system using “smart card” technology for access to SEPTA trains, buses, and subways.