Business With BRTA
February 6, 2014
REQUEST FOR PROPOSAL (RFP-2014-04)
COMBINED FIXED ROUTE AND PARATRANSIT OPERATION AND MANAGEMENT
The Berkshire Regional Transit Authority (BRTA) is requesting proposals from qualified transportation providers to manage and operate fixed route and paratransit services. The contracting period will be July 1, 2014 through June 30, 2017, with an option for the BRTA to extend the contract for one-year, for a maximum of two (2) successive years.
Interested parties should have expertise in: fixed route and paratransit service design, managing deviated service between fixed route and paratransit delivery, fleet maintenance best practices, fleet management planning and procurement, alternatively-fueled vehicles (hybrid & CNG), smart card fare collection systems, ITS transit technologies such as RouteMatch, and customer trip scheduling, survey, compliant management and reporting systems. BRTA is interested in management approaches that realize operational cost-efficiencies and provide additional rider benefits through combined management of fixed route and paratransit operations. BRTA will consider the use of sub-contractors to assist in the service delivery of paratransit services. BRTA will consider two entities to “partner up”, i.e.,: a fixed route provider with a paratransit provider to provide this service. In this option, a primary provider, of the two, MUST be identified as to which is the contractor and which is the subcontractor.
The BRTA is a political subdivision of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts operating under MGL Chapter 161 B and is funded through a combination of federal, state, and local monies, including farebox revenue. It is one of the eight original transit authorities founded by the Commonwealth in 1974 and currently provides public transportation services to its 24 member communities within Berkshire County, the western-most region of Massachusetts.
BRTA operates the Joseph Scelsi Intermodal Transportation Center in Pittsfield, which connects local bus and taxi services, intercity rail and bus services, with pedestrian access to the central business district. Fixed route service is provided by fifteen bus routes in 12 communities from Williamstown to Great Barrington, Monday through Saturday. Paratransit services are provided using 15 BRTA owned vehicles to eligible persons from the BRTA’s member communities for ambulatory, non-ambulatory, or complementary ADA and Non-ADA paratransit service. Approximately 549,000 fixed route and 23,000 paratransit trips were performed last fiscal year.
The Request for Proposals will be issued on February 6, 2014. To request a copy of the RFP package, please contact the BRTA at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sealed proposals must be received at the BRTA Administrative Office no later than 10:00 AM on March 6, 2014. A pre-proposal site visit of the BRTA maintenance facility located at 67 Downing Parkway, Pittsfield, MA 01201 will be held at 10 AM on February 13, 2014. A pre-proposal conference will follow at 1 PM on February 13, 2014 at the Joseph Scelsi Intermodal Transportation Center, One Columbus Avenue, Suite 201, Pittsfield, MA 01201.
July 31, 2013
Removal, Disposal and Replacement of Underground Fuel Storage Tanks
The Berkshire Regional Transit Authority (BRTA) is requesting proposals from experienced fuel tank replacement firms to remove, dispose of properly, and replace the existing underground fuel storage tanks and associated fuel dispensing equipment located at the BRTA maintenance facility 67 Downing Parkway, Pittsfield, MA 01201.
Interested parties may secure a Request for Proposal (RFP) package by contacting the BRTA at email@example.com.
Sealed proposals must be received at the BRTA second floor Administrative Office no later than 12:00 NOON EST on September 13, 2013. All RFP responses should include 1 original, 3 copies, and 1 electronic copy within a sealed envelope clearly marked "RFP 2014-02 Tank Replacement". Any proposal received after the 12PM deadline will not be accepted and returned unopened to the sender. A site visit of the 67 Downing Parkway facility will be held at 11AM on August 21, 2013 for all prospective contractors.
All proposals are subject to applicable public solicitation laws of Massachusetts including GL c.149, 44A through 44H as amended. A deposit in the amount of 5% of the proposal amount must be submitted with each response. The deposit shall be in the form of a certified, Treasurer's, or Cashier's Check issued by a responsible bank or trust company payable to the BRTA. A performance bond in an amount equal to 100% of the total amount of the contracted price with a surety company qualified to do business in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts will be required for the faithful performance of the contract as well as a labor and materials bond in an amount equal to 100% of the contract price. This project is subject to the prevailing wage requirements of Massachusetts, weekly payroll record submittal requirements under the provisions of the Massachusetts General Laws, Chapter 149, Section 26 through 27 inclusive, and in addition the Davis Bacon wage rates will apply if they are more than the state wage rates.
Selection of the contractor will be based upon proposer's qualifications, including experience and evidence of past performance in similar projects, and price quoted. The contract will be awarded to the proposer deemed by the BRTA to be the lowest responsible and eligible proposer. All prices submitted to this solicitation cannot be withdrawn and are valid for 60 days after proposals are opened. The BRTA reserves the right to waive any informalities in the RFP process and to accept or reject in whole or in part any or all responses or take whatever other action may be deemed to be in the best interest of the BRTA. Contract award is subject to funding availability. All proposals must be submitted in accordance with the instructions contained in the RFP documents. This procurement is subject to applicable provisions of the BRTA, which require the contractor to comply with federal statutes and regulations.
July 11, 2013
The Berkshire Regional Transit Authority (BRTA) is looking to procure a turnkey One-Call One-Click Veterans Call Center to serve the veteran population of the BRTA service area to improve the operational efficiency, cost-effectiveness, and security of its transit services. The complete Request for Proposals (RFP) document defines the goals and scope of work for the design, construction, and acceptance of the One-Call One-Click call center and presents benchmarks for its design, verification, and validation.
The two major objectives of this RFP are:
1) to present a conceptual overview of the turnkey One-Call One-Click Veterans Call Center;
2) to provide a format for submitting a proposal that will best meet BRTA's needs.
Sealed Proposals must be received no later than 3PM Friday August 30, 2013. Proposals must be in a sealed envelope, clearly marked "RFP-2014-01 One-Call One-Click Veterans Call Center". Any proposal received after the deadline will be retuned unopened to the sender. A pre-proposal conference will be held on Tuesday August 6, 2013 at 11AM in the BRTA second floor conference room.
It is the responsibility of the proposer to include in their proposal an approach to deriving the call center's operational requirements, including staffing levels, that will underpin the development of a budget-constrained design specification, adequate for successfully bidding and constructing a call center facility, The proposal should also present an approach to the development of a technical specification that will be used to procure and install all hardware and software required for a fully functional turnkey One-Call One-Click Call Center integrated into BRTA operations.
It will be the responsibility of the contractor to develop a full understanding of the BRTA's current ITS system and present the most cost-efficient means of implementing the veterans' call center. Once a ride is scheduled, the trip will be tracked by providing the vendor (BRTA or private) with an electronic manifest through a Mobile Data Communication Device, which would also be equipped with an in-vehicle fare collection device to allow payment options such as electronic fare-media (eg. Charlie Cards). The full system shall be made available to BRTA and its partners with various buy-in options for private vendors.
Contract award is reliant upon funding availability. The BRTA reserves the right to waive informalities in the proposals received, accept, reject in whole or in part, any and all proposals received, or take whatever other action may be deemed in the best interest of the BRTA.
Interested parties should contact the BRTA to request a copy of the RFP document.
Click here to view a copy of the August 18, 2013 released Adendum 1 of RFP-2014-01. (PDF)
Berkshire Regional Transit Authority
1 Columbus Avenue, Suite 201
Pittsfield, MA 01201
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