Request for Qualifications

Bicycle, Pedestrian, and Transit Study

City-County Planning Board and Winston-Salem Department of Transportation

Winston-Salem, NC

Posted: 06/28/2013
Submittal Deadline: 07/19/2013

Website: http://www.dot.cityofws.org


Introduction

The Winston-Salem Department of Transportation (WSDOT) and the City-County Planning Board (CCPB) of Forsyth County and Winston-Salem, in cooperation with Wake Forest University (WFU), are seeking to engage a qualified private consulting firm to conduct a Bicycle, Pedestrian, and Transit Study for the Wake Forest University area in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. To coordinate with the academic calendar, work is expected to begin in early fall.

The successful consultant will be expected to 1) develop a method of analysis for the project, 2) outline detailed responsibilities for the completion of the project, 3) coordinate with various public and private agencies, 4) engage WFU students, faculty, and staff, as well as, members of the community for input on travel behaviors and future needs, 5) prepare and present a final report. The primary and/or sub consultant firms shall be pre-qualified to perform services for North Carolina Department of Transportation’s (NCDOT) Transportation Planning Branch. Furthermore, the primary and/or sub consultant shall have experience in preparing bicycle and pedestrian studies, as well as, institutional campus transportation studies.

Background

In 2002, the City of Winston-Salem and Forsyth County adopted the first Greenway Plan for the county. Within this plan, the Wake Forest Connector was proposed to provide bicycle and pedestrian amenities between WFU and the neighborhoods to the west of the campus. The connector would also provide a connection to the existing Bethabara Trail Greenway. Greenway connectors are defined as neighborhood or sidewalk connectors that allow access to the primary greenway trail system and/or major destinations or provide a connection between greenways. Connectors may be in the form of sidewalks, sidepaths, bikeways, and/or greenways. Beginning in 2009, the CCPB began the process to update the Greenway Plan. During this process, it was determined that the original scope of the Wake Forest Connector should be expanded to include all neighborhoods surrounding the campus. The Greenway Plan Update was adopted by the City and County in June and August of 2012 respectively.

In 2008, the WSDOT established a bicycle and pedestrian coordinator position within the department to aid in implementing the policies and recommendations of the Comprehensive Bicycle Master Plan and the Sidewalk and Pedestrian Facilities Plan for the Winston-Salem Urban Area, adopted in 2005 and 2007 respectively, as well as, the Long Range Transportation Plan adopted in 2013. WSDOT also works closely with the Winston-Salem Transit Authority (WSTA) and Piedmont Authority for Regional Transportation (PART) to evaluate and enhance local and regional transit opportunities with the goal of providing a safe and efficient public transportation system.

Lastly, in June 2009, WFU completed the Reynolda Campus Master Plan which details specific recommendations for parking and vehicular traffic flow, as well as, bicycle and pedestrian accommodations within the campus and between the campus and major destinations.

Purpose of Study

The purpose of this study is to establish general and specific recommendations for active transportation choices between the WFU campus and surrounding neighborhoods. The study will address both infrastructure and policy recommendations to improve bicycle, pedestrian, and transit amenities and usage. The study will serve as a framework for similar future studies of other institutional campuses in Winston-Salem.

Objectives of Study

• Develop general recommendations on corridor and/or intersection and other physical infrastructure improvements that will link the proposed transportation recommendations detailed in the Reynolda Campus Master Plan and the surrounding community to allow for active transportation choices, particularly in areas where there is potential for high bicycle and pedestrian traffic to and from the WFU campus. The general boundary of the study is an approximate two-mile radius around the WFU campus. Public input should be utilized to address behaviors and use barriers associated with bicycle and pedestrian travel.
• Develop specific detailed recommendations that will address safety concerns associated with non-motor vehicle travel: 1) between the WFU campus and the Deacon Boulevard/Reynolds Boulevard area which includes the University Corporate Center, WFU athletic facilities, and satellite parking; and, 2) across University Parkway to privately-owned student housing.
• Develop general recommendations for policies that will address non-infrastructure based considerations including, but not limited to, parking fee structure for WFU students, staff and faculty and increased transit ridership. Consultant should work in parallel with the University to gather input from faculty, staff, and students on policy recommendations.
• Develop an overall model for bicycle, pedestrian, and transit studies that can be used for other institutional campuses within the City.

Submittal Requirements

For consideration, please submit:
• A letter setting forth your firm’s interest in being selected with a summary of strengths and capabilities (a brochure or similar description of your firm is acceptable) in handling a study of this type.
• Other pertinent specific information or qualification that you wish to submit.

Please note that we are not soliciting proposals at this time but only an expression of a firm’s interest and qualifications, based on experience on similar projects. CCPB and WSDOT staff will review each firm’s submitted materials and develop a short list of firms for further evaluation and/or interviews.

CCPB and WSDOT reserve the right to proceed with the study or to cancel it at any time. The successful firm will be required to execute standard statements against discriminatory practices and conflicts of interest.

Deadline

The deadline for submittal is 5:00 pm on Friday, July 19, 2013. All submittal materials should be sent to:

Amy Crum, Project Planner
City-County Planning Board
P.O. Box 2511
Winston-Salem, NC 27102

Materials may also be delivered to the City-County Planning Board at:

Bryce A. Stuart Municipal Building
100 E. First Street, Suite 201
Winston-Salem, NC 27102

Contact Information

If you have any questions or need additional information in order to respond to this request for qualifications, please contact Amy Crum at 336-747-7051 or preferably by email at amyc@cityofws.org.