DDOT Issues RFQ for Integrated Premium Transit (IPT) System


Friday, January 31, 2014

DDOT Media Contact: Reggie Sanders (202) 437-0809, reggie.sanders@dc.gov

Firms Sought to Design, Build, Operate and Maintain Integrated 22-mile Streetcar and Bus Network

(Washington, D.C.)— The District Department of Transportation (DDOT) today issued a Request for Qualifications (RFQ) to firms interested in submitting Statements of Qualification (SOQs) to design, build, operate and maintain an integrated premium transit system.  The system, which includes a streetcar network, local bus provisions and both existing and new transit facilities, is designed to link neighborhoods with attractive transportation alternatives, reduce short inner-city automobile trips and facilitate and encourage economic development and affordable housing options within the District.

The Integrated Premium Transit (IPT) advances key elements of the District’s 30-year transit vision. The IPT will be developed in phases and is comprised of 22-miles of dual/single track fixed guideway, related equipment and facilities, and potentially up to 15 additional miles of fixed guided track. Additionally, the IPT encompasses all local bus services within the District. To meet the goals of DC’s Transit Future System Plan, the IPT builds upon segments currently in construction or planning, establishes priorities for planning and scheduling purposes, and creates a robust system with the maximum number of linkages. The incorporation of local bus services allows the District to provide transit services in a multi-modal, integrated and efficient manner.

“This design-build-operate-maintain procurement is an innovative way to deliver the integrated premium transit vision we have for the District in an affordable and efficient manner,” said DDOT Director Terry Bellamy.  “This delivery method allows us to continue providing innovative, safe and high quality and integrated transportation solutions to the District.”

As part of the IPT Program, new transit facilities and services will be added and existing facilities and services will be modified to meet forecasted ridership demands and economic growth within the District.  The IPT is expected to be developed in a number of phases with each phase being comprised of “Streetcar Segments” and “Bus Components.”

The procurement will be conducted as a two-step process with an RFQ followed by an RFP. Prospective proposers will be short-listed based upon their SOQ submissions evaluated against the extensive qualification criteria in the SOQ.  The specific limits of the IPT will be further specified in the Request for Proposals (RFP) which will be issued to the short-listed responding teams.  DDOT will host pre-SOQ workshop for interested proposers.  Attendance is optional.

IPT System RFQ Pre-SOQ Meeting

Tuesday, February 18, 2014 at 1:30 p.m.

Old Council Chamber, 441 4th Street NW, First Floor, Washington, DC 20001

Questions regarding the RFQ may be submitted as indicated in the RFQ, which can be found here: http://ocp.dc.gov/. SOQs are due by 2 p.m. on March 21, 2014.

Please note that the information above is for information purposes only and subject to change. Details of the procurement schedule and process will be outlined in the RFQ.