Request for Proposals
Land Use and Travel Demand Model Development
North Front Range MPO
Fort Collins, CO
Submittal Deadline: 07/10/2013
The North Front Range Metropolitan Planning Organization (NFRMPO) is located in northern Colorado and covers portions of Larimer and Weld Counties. NFRMPO is north of the Denver Metropolitan area and within commuting distance for many of the communities generally along the I-25 corridor. This area has been an attractive place to live and do business and is one of the fastest growing areas in Colorado.
The NFRMPO is an association of local governments that is responsible for long range transportation planning and programming in the North Front Range Transportation Planning Region (TPR) of Colorado. There are fifteen local government members of the NFRMPO, which are: Fort Collins, Greeley, Loveland, Timnath, Berthoud, Windsor, Johnstown, Milliken, Evans, Garden City, LaSalle, Severance, Eaton and Weld and Larimer Counties, and two state level agencies, State Transportation Commission, and the State Air Pollution Control Division (APCD) constitute the membership. In addition to this NFRMPO membership area, the modeling effort will also incorporate large portions of Weld and Larimer Counties that complete the northern ozone nonattainment subarea.
The total population in the region is approximately 440,000. There are three major cities in the NFRMPO Fort Collins (144,000), Greeley (93,000), and Loveland (67,000) that are geographically dispersed. The region also has two major universities. Colorado State University in Fort Collins has a student population of about 30,000 with 23% living in student housing. University of Northern Colorado in Greeley has a student population of about 12,000 with 24% living in student housing. The Universities are currently handled as special generators in the travel demand model.
Regional transit service within and out of the region has one route currently. However, that is likely to change in the future as plans are implemented. The Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) is looking to implement transit service in this region that would run between Fort Collins and Denver. This service would be operated and paid for by CDOT. This is a new development for the State of Colorado.
This Request for Proposal (RFP) is seeking a consulting firm, or multiple-firm team, to develop fully functioning land use and travel demand models with a forecast year of 2040. Forecasting land use and travel demand is crucial in the development and updating of the NFRMPO’s Regional Transportation Plan (RTP), Transportation Improvement Program (TIP), air quality conformity determinations, and State Implementation Plan (SIP) for air quality. It also provides NFRMPO valuable support to various transportation planning processes conducted by its local member agencies (municipalities and counties) and the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT).
The RFP can be found at www.nfrmpo.org on the home page.