As a way to prioritize its 30-year streetcar vision, the District Department of Transportation (DDOT) identified 22 miles, within the 37-mile proposed plan, to be implemented first. In addition to meeting the goals of the District’s overall streetcar vision, the 22-mile priority 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.
On June 26, 2012, a Request for Information (RFI) was released for the purpose of obtaining insight into using this type of delivery approach from experts in the streetcar industry. DDOT is using the information gained through the RFI responses to prepare a Request for Qualifications (RFQ). The RFQ will be used to identify the best-qualified teams with which DDOT could partner to deliver this priority system. The RFQ is scheduled for release in Summer 2013.
To support DDOT in advancing the 22-mile priority system, Mayor Vincent Gray established a Streetcar Finance and Governance Task Force. The Task Force’s primary goals are to provide input on the critical issues of financing, including potential funding sources, and governance to help ensure the system has a firm foundation for growth and success.
(Updated August 14, 2013)
We appreciate your patience as we continue to finalize the RFQ for an Integrated Premium Transit (IPT) system. The District of Columbia Department of Transportation (DDOT) remains committed to this process and is excited to see this important project advance.
DDOT is grateful to the Mayor and the City Council for their continued support and an increased funding commitment to the project. DDOT is working to incorporate the District’s increased financial commitment into the project planning. Additionally, the District is working to ensure the RFQ is sensitive to all legal requirements set forth by the District.
The Integrated Premium Transit system (“the Project”) will be comprised of
- A 22-mile Priority Streetcar system (“DC Streetcar”); and
- Provision of all local bus services within the District including the provision of buses storage and maintenance facilities.
The procurement will be conducted as a two step process with a request for qualifications (RFQ) followed by a request for proposals (RFP). Prospective proposers will be short-listed based upon the statements of qualifications (SOQs) submitted in response to the RFQ.
DDOT intends to hold a pre-SOQ open house or workshop approximately two weeks after the RFQ is released. Questions regarding the RFQ may be submitted via this forum or in writing following its release. Details of the process for submitting questions will be outlined in the RFQ. Please watch this space for additional updates related to this exciting project.
Questions? Please direct correspondence to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.