Request for Proposals

Long Range Transportation Plan

Jacksonville Urban Area MPO

Jacksonville, NC

Posted: 09/30/2013
Submittal Deadline: 10/31/2013


The Jacksonville Urban Area Metropolitan Planning Organization (JUMPO) is seeking proposals from professional consulting firms to complete the 2040 Long Range Transportation Plan. This will be a multi-modal plan developed for the entire planning area in accordance with 23 USC 134, 49 USC 53 and all other federal and State requirements.

It is essential that consulting firms are creative in their approach to this project, not only with regard to content, but process as well. The plan is required to be developed through a performance-driven, outcome-based approach. Innovative visualization techniques as a means of engaging the public will be an integral component of the planning process. Travel demand modeling of Onslow County is being completed by NCDOT and will be available for use.

The plan shall provide for the development and integrated management and operation of transportation systems and facilities (including accessible pedestrian walkways and bicycle transportation facilities) that will function as an intermodal transportation system for the region. It should comprehensively identify land use and transportation issues, provide an appropriate level of analysis to substantiate the issues and make specific recommendations for enacting change. Plan documentation is expected to include professional-grade maps, schematic drawings, renderings, statistical analysis and model simulations among other potential items as necessary.

At a minimum the plan will include the following:

1. Identification of Transportation Facilities
• Identification of transportation facilities including major roadways, transit, multimodal and intermodal facilities, nonmotorized transportation facilities, and intermodal connector that should function as an integrated metropolitan transportation system that consider the planning factors as they relate to a 20-year forecast period.
• Analysis of multi-modal operations including service deficiencies, capacity deficiencies, safety issues and overall connectivity among transportation modes
• Recommendations for future-year roadway conditions including: street network connectivity, traffic patterns, potential signal modifications, pavement management, access management standards and roadway cross-sections
• Future-year recommendations for bicycle, pedestrian and transit conditions

2. Performance Measures and Targets
• Description of the performance measures and performance targets used in assessing the performance of the transportation system.

3. System Performance Report
• Evaluation of the condition and performance of the transportation system with respect to performance targets
o Progress achieved in meeting the performance targets in comparison with system performance recorded in previous reports

4. Mitigation Activities
• A discussion of types of potential environmental mitigation activities and potential areas to carry out these activities, including activities that may have the greatest potential to restore and maintain the environmental functions affected by the plan
• Consultation with Federal, State and Local wildlife, land management, and regulatory agencies

5. Financial Plan
• Demonstrate how the adopted plan can be fiscally implemented
• Identify resources from public and private sources that are reasonably expected to be made available to carry out the plan
• Recommend any additional financing strategies for needed projects and programs
• Cooperatively develop estimates of funds that will be available to support plan implementation with the State and Local officials and transit operators
• Ensure all projections for project costs and revenues are reported as Year of Expenditure dollars

6. Operational and Management Strategies
• Operational and management strategies to improve the performance of existing transportation facilities to relieve vehicular congestion and maximize the safety and mobility of people and goods

7. Capital Investment and Other Strategies
• Capital investment and other strategies to preserve the existing and projected future metropolitan transportation infrastructure and provide for multimodal capacity increases based on regional priorities and needs

8. Transportation and Transit Enhancement Activities

9. Consultation
• Consult, as appropriate, with Federal, State and Local agencies responsible for land use management, natural resources, environmental protection, conservation, and historic preservation

10. Public Participation
• Hold a minimum of three rounds of public meetings
• Employ visualization techniques
• Make information available in electronically accessible formats

A specific list of deliverables should be outlined in the scope of work and must address the format of all proposed electronic deliverables.

A draft of the Long Range Transportation Plan must be provided to the Jacksonville MPO Transportation Coordinating Committee (TCC) at, or before, their meeting in December 2014. Final public comment period, including the final public meeting, will be complete by the end of January 2015. Completion of the document for final TCC review and adoption is March 2015.

The consultant will make three presentations during the adoption process: Public Meeting, JUMPO Technical Coordinating Committee, and JUMPO Transportation Advisory Committee. The target deadline for adoption is April 2015.

Proposals shall be comprised of the following:

1. Proposal transmittal letter – Not to exceed two pages and identifying the individual responsible for committing the firm.

2. Proposed scope of work in response to the RFP – Scope shall address the firm’s understanding of the work to be performed, including identification of specific tasks, timelines and work effort (personnel hours by task). Proposing firms are encouraged to identify opportunities to perform the work in the most cost-effective and innovative manner.

3. Qualifications of the firm(s) – Experience of the firm in conducting long range transportation plans within the past five years. This section should be limited to no more than 15 pages. Each firm must solicit minority participation if subcontractors are to be used. Only qualified minority companies registered with the State of North Carolina’s Historically Underutilized Business are considered towards meeting the minority participation goal of 6.92%. If subcontractors are to be used, provide brief statements of similar type work performed within the past five years.

4. Qualifications of proposed staff – Include a brief resume of proposed staff accompanied with the identification of similar work the proposed staff has participated in within the past five years. The same information should be provided for any subcontractors.

5. Project management – Provide an explanation of the project management system and practices used to assure that the project is completed within the scheduled timeframe and that the quality of the products will meet the JUMPO requirements.

6. References – Provide at least three references for whom similar work was provided within the past five years. Client contact person name, with address and telephone number, are to be provided. References for subcontractors shall also be provided.

7. Cost proposal – Proposing firms are to prepare a cost proposal for each work effort that includes a breakdown of expenses by proposed task. The cost proposal shall include all items that will be charged to the JUMPO, including travel and other direct charges that will be involved in the project. Costs shall be segregated to show staff hours, rates and classification and administrative overhead. If subcontractors are to be used, the prospective contractor must indicate any mark-up.

8. In addition, North Carolina General Statutes, specifically §160A-20.1(b), prohibit the City from entering into contracts with contractors and subcontractors who have not complied with the requirement of Article 2 of Chapter 64. The Contractor shall submit the completed E-Verify Affidavit included in this Proposal. Proposals returned without the E-Verify Affidavit will be considered unresponsive.