The District Department of Transportation invites parties to respond to a Request for Information regarding a proposed future solicitation to deliver an urban streetcar system under a design, build, finance, operate and maintain framework and deliver a non-regional bus system.
Information is available at the DDOT website: www.ddot.dc.gov/procurement,
(Washington, DC) – The District Department of Transportation (DDOT) is exploring the potential of privatizing the District’s non-regional bus service and a 22-mile priority streetcar system as a means to accelerate delivery. As part of this process DDOT is asking for the private sector’s perspective and feedback in a Request for Information (RFI) [PDF] issued June 25, 2012. The RFI is an inquiry only, not a procurement, but the responses will help the District advance planning and development efforts for the project, which may result in the launch of a formal procurement.
The scope of the proposed project includes a combination of the following activities to support transit service within the District:
- Design, construction, financing, and on‐going operations and maintenance of a 22‐mile minimum priority streetcar network;
- Operations and maintenance of the DC Circulator bus system;
- Operations and maintenance of “non‐regional” bus service within the District currently operated by the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (“WMATA”) ; and
- Purchase of vehicles as necessary to operate the above services.
The District anticipates a public-private partnership (PPP) could accelerate the delivery of the DC Streetcar system. Other potential benefits include allowing appropriate risk sharing; maximizing competition and leveraging available public funds; providing greater cost and schedule certainty for the District over the long‐term; and allowing for a more favorable payment profile for the District.
Questions formally submitted and clarifications to the RFI have been provided in an addendum [PDF] issued today, August 7, 2012. Additional questions can be submitted to firstname.lastname@example.org until August 14, 2012. Responses to questions submitted before August 14, 2012 will be posted on this website. DDOT is unable to answer questions received after August 14, 2012.
More information about this solicitation is available online; refer to the related news link below. Responses are due by 2 pm on August 28, 2012.
To learn more about the DC Streetcar, please visit www.dcstreetcar.com .