Request for Proposal: Download the updated RFP revised January 14, 2020

  • RFP deadline: Thursday, Jan. 23, 2020, at 4 pm

Additional information

Weighted evaluation criteria

  • 20% – Demonstrated understanding of the project and objectives
  • 20% – Innovative approaches, mindsets
  • 15% – Problem solving approach, as evidenced by past work or conveyed in their proposal
  • 15% – Experience with bus rapid transit and enhanced transit planning, design, and operations
  • 15% – Experience with innovative, practical traffic engineering solutions
  • 15% – Expertise with communicating, marketing

Summary

The Regional Transportation Alliance, with support from GoTriangle and NCDOT, is commissioning a study to accelerate the creation of a regional Freeway And Street-based Transit (“FAST”) network that would better connect the entire Triangle area while improving accessibility and opportunity.

A regional FAST network will consist of rapid, frequent, reliable, and easy-to-use bus service along a series of interconnected corridors, enhanced and strengthened by scalable investments in transit advantage infrastructure along those corridors.

This study will look at existing and proposed transit routes to identify a viable, illustrative Freeway And Street-based Transit (FAST) network and recommend scalable transit advantage investments and strategies that NCDOT, municipalities, and GoTriangle can adopt to accelerate its creation.

The study will look for creative opportunities to expand any existing projects and plans into larger regional FAST corridors, particularly along major roadways such as I-40, 540, US 1, NC 147 and NC 54.

This study will complement existing and planned investments, and provide ideas and examples for ongoing transportation planning efforts, including updates to the county transit plans and federal and state planning processes.

At its core, this project is about advancing ideas for improving and accelerating regional connectivity, not committing to specific lines on a map.

Context

Voters in Durham, Orange and Wake counties all have approved a half-cent sales tax to invest in transit improvements.

Wake County’s existing transit plan currently includes four bus rapid transit corridors serving Raleigh, Cary, and Garner, while Orange County’s plan has a BRT project in Chapel Hill

The five planned BRT corridors will include dedicated bus lanes for the majority of each corridor in addition to priority at traffic signals, near-level boarding platforms and other advantages. Each regional FAST network corridor would also have transit signal priority but may not include dedicated lanes.

A regional FAST network would effectively complement, extend, and link the five urban BRT corridors, while providing seamless connections to the proposed commuter rail.

Though each county develops its own transit plan, together they seek to create a unified regional transit network, and this study will help inform more detailed work.

The study also should provide a framework to support planning for transit elsewhere in North Carolina.

Study particulars and funding partners

A Request for Proposals (RFP) will be posted on www.letsgetmoving.org/FASTnetwork by December 20, 2019, with a response deadline of January 23, 2020. A selection committee expects to choose a firm by February. A draft final report would be due in the spring.

The study budget is $100,000, with the private RTA contributing $50,000 and the public GoTriangle and NCDOT each supplying $25,000.

RTA is the voice of the Triangle business community with more than 100 leading member companies and 26 member chambers of commerce working to advance strategic, innovative mobility solutions. GoTriangle is the Triangle’s regional transit provider. NCDOT is the North Carolina Department of Transportation, serving all 100 counties of one of America’s fastest-growing states.

Contact Joe Milazzo II, PE, RTA executive director, with questions at joe@letsgetmoving.org.


Quotes from study funding partners

“NCDOT greatly appreciates RTA for initiating this study effort – the Department believes this could serve as a template for other areas to advance regional transit across the state.”
– Julie White, Deputy Secretary for Multimodal Transportation, NCDOT

“We are pleased to work with RTA and NCDOT on this important study as we look for more opportunities to improve and expand our regional transit network together.”
– Shelley Curran, Interim President and CEO, GoTriangle