District Announces List of Potential Builder-Operators for Scaled-Down Streetcar System

DDOT’s Streetcar and Integrated Premium Transit System Move Forward

Today, Mayor Vincent C. Gray and District Department of Transportation (DDOT) Director Matt Brown announced plans for advancing the next phase of the DC Streetcar Program and the Integrated Premium Transit (IPT) system including a list of potential builder-operators. The IPT is a program and contracting mechanism that leverages private-sector expertise for efficient and innovative delivery of the design, build, operations, and maintenance (DBOM) of the Streetcar and Circulator bus systems in the District.

The IPT includes a 22-mile priority streetcar system (37-mile long-range plan) and will allow for new and enhanced connections to neighborhoods and access to activity centers and jobs. The IPT complements existing transit services (DC Circulator, Metrobus, and Metrorail) and is based on more than 10 years of coordinated multi-agency planning efforts. Unfortunately, cuts the DC Council made in the FY15 budget only support the construction of a significantly scaled-down system.

“The announcement of the short list of contractors brings us one significant step closer to making the visions for a comprehensive District streetcar system a reality,” said Mayor Gray. “Unfortunately, this announcement is bittersweet considering the steep funding cuts to the system made by the DC Council. By cutting Streetcar funding by nearly 75 percent, the Council has prevented us from building out the full system over the next 10 years.”

To ensure a competitive and fair procurement process, the DBOM model utilizes a multi-stage procurement process which includes a Request for Qualifications (RFQ) followed by a Request for Proposals (RFP). Interested industry parties (Responding Teams) submitted detailed statements of qualifications in response to the RFQ and a team of DDOT technical and business experts, with assistance from an engineering program management firm, identified a short list of responding teams qualified to receive the RFP. The short list was announced today.

The three Responding Teams (with current partner composition) that will advance to the RFP stage of the procurement are:

  • Capital Transit Partners:
    • Balfour Beatty Rail Infrastructure, Inc.
    • FCC Construction
    • CPT Operators
    • Parsons Brincherhoff
  • DC Transit Partners:
    • Clark Construction Group
    • Shirley Contracting Company
    • Herzog Transit Services, Inc.
  • Potomac Transit Partners:
    • URS
    • MC Dean
    • Facchina
    • RDMT

“Moving forward with the IPT is a game-changer in delivering streetcars to the District,” said DDOT Director Brown. “Issuing the short list is an exciting first step in the process.”

The short-listed teams will now move on to the RFP portion of the IPT procurement process. After the RFP is developed, responses to the RFP are evaluated, and a potential “best and final” round of responses is evaluated, negotiations will be held with the highest-scoring Responding Team. Additional information on these teams may be obtained through a written request to DDOT’s Contracting Office.