As a way to prioritize its long-term streetcar vision, the District Department of Transportation (DDOT) has identified 22 miles within the approximately 37-mile proposed plan to be implemented first. In addition to meeting the goals of the District’s overall streetcar vision, this priority system system was established in order to:
- Build upon segments currently in construction or planning;
- Establish priorities for planning and scheduling purposes; and
- Create a robust system with the maximum number of linkages.
Integrated Premium Transit
In January 2014, a Request for Qualifications (RFQ) was released to firms interested in submitting Statements of Qualification (SOQs) to design, build, operate and maintain the Integrated Premium Transit (IPT) system. 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. In October 2014, a shortlist of potential builder-operators was announced. These shortlisted firms will now advance to the RFP stage of the procurement for Phase 1 of the 22-mile Priority Streetcar System.
The first phase of IPT through the DBOM will be comprised of
- 8 miles of the Priority Streetcar system; and
- DC Circulator.