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Request for Qualifications:  Major Investment Study (MIS) and Alternatives Analysis for Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) Extensions

Deadline for Questions:    Friday, October 30, 2020 at 12:00 p.m.
Deadline for Proposals:    Friday, November 13, 2020 at 3:00 p.m.


MIS & Alternatives Analysis for BRT Extensions Study Background

The North Carolina Capital Area Metropolitan Planning Organization (CAMPO) is inviting interested and qualified consulting firms or persons to submit Statements of Qualifications (SOQs) demonstrating the ability to complete a major investment study (MIS) and alternatives analyses for proposed bus rapid transit (BRT) corridor extensions identified in the MPO’s 2045 Metropolitan Transportation Plan (MTP) and 2020-2029 Transportation Improvement Program (TIP). These BRT extensions would span between the Town of Cary and Research Triangle Park (RTP) and between the Towns of Garner and Clayton. The extensions would build upon and extend two core BRT corridors identified in and funded by the Wake County Transit Plan between downtown Raleigh and downtown Cary and between downtown Raleigh and the Town of Garner.

CAMPO is inviting SOQs from professional consultants or individuals who are experienced in alternatives and feasibility planning for regionally serving high-capacity transit projects, including for bus rapid transit (BRT) projects, as well as in preparing such corridors for advancement to project development and preliminary design activities. In particular, CAMPO is seeking assistance in performing travel market analyses, identifying and evaluating BRT corridor alternatives, travel demand modeling and ridership estimation, BRT capital cost estimation, development of BRT operating plans, high-level environmental screening, coordination with multi-jurisdictional stakeholders, and development and execution of corridor-level public engagement activities for two separate BRT corridor extensions. While this solicitation is for professional services to complete the same scope of work for both corridor extensions, the study of each will involve separate sets of stakeholders and corridor-specific considerations. Accordingly, the study of each may be separated to allow them to progress on different tracks. Final outcomes and deliverables for this study should be sufficient to allow the region and MPO to select a locally preferred alternative (LPA) and allow a project sponsor to proceed to the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) Capital Investment Grants Program project development phase, if applicable.

General Outcomes of the study will include:

  • Travel market analyses for both short- and long-term planning horizons and identification of congruent BRT/express bus operating needs to serve the analyzed markets; 
  • A comprehensive evaluation of BRT alignment, termini, and station area alternatives for both corridor extensions;
  • Ridership estimates for evaluated alternatives;
  • Development of recommended opening- and future-year runningway options and speed-enhancing infrastructure requirements;
  • Capital cost estimates for opening- and future-year infrastructure recommendations;
  • Development of opening- and future-year operating plans and associated cost estimates;
  • Identification of environmental constraints or fatal flaws for identified alternatives;
  • High-Level cost and schedule feasibility risk assessment; and,
  • Identification of project sponsor to advance corridor planning into project development.

This study is anticipated to be completed within an approximate timeframe of 12-17 months during two (2) fiscal years with a Notice to Proceed anticipated to be issued in February of 2021 and completion by June 30, 2022.


Statement of Qualifications and Project Timeline:

Deadline to Register for Pre-Qualifications Virtual Meeting. 
To register, email your firm’s name and the email addresses of those wishing to join to Bret Martin. Access information for the virtual WebEx meeting will be provided in return.

Wednesday, October 28, 2020 10:00 AM

Pre-Qualifications Online Meeting (Q&A Session for Potential Respondents) Optional, not required of potential SOQ Respondents. Registration details above.

Thursday, October 29, 2020 9:30 AM
Deadline for Questions   
Questions must be submitted by Email (no phone calls) to Bret Martin
Friday, October 30, 2020 12:00 PM

Responses to Questions  (Posted to this webpage)

Monday, November 2, 2020 5:00 PM
Statements of Qualifications Due
Proposals must be submitted by Email in PDF format to Bret Martin
Friday, November 13, 2020 3:00 PM
Statements of Qualifications Opening Friday, November 13, 2020 3:30 PM
Candidate Interviews, if necessary Nov. 30 - Dec. 4  
Preferred Candidate Selection December 7, 2020  
Contract Negotiation & Approval Dec. 7-18  
Executive Board Contract Approval January 20, 2021  
Anticipated Notice to Proceed February 2021  
Study Completion June 2022