Request for Proposals

Pedestrian and Bicycle Trail Feasibility Study

City of Billings

Billings, MT

Posted: 02/05/2014
Submittal Deadline: 02/28/2014


The Billings Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) has identified the need to conduct a Feasibility Study to evaluate opportunities within the transportation system to improve non-motorized connectivity between ZooMontana located in southwest Billings, and Riverfront Park, located in south Billings. This Billings and Yellowstone County corridor is located, generally, between the S. Shiloh Road/Pierce Parkway intersection and the entrance to Riverfront Park on South Billings Boulevard (approximately 4–5.5 miles).

The Study shall include community involvement and information sharing within the proposal for alternate routes, access points, suggested pedestrian/bicycle amenities and potential way-finding locations. This study will address current motorized and non-motorized traffic circulation patterns and anticipated future changes to the corridor from land development activity.

This Feasibility Study will require the following Scope of Work and Documentation package to be completed within approximately seven (7) months of contract signing. The Study will include, but not be limited to the following:

• Identify potential non-motorized route options through the corridor.
• Identify types of pedestrian and bicycle facilities within the Study area for safe, efficient and effective connections.
• Identify access points and place-making opportunities within the corridor, including bicycle parking, informational kiosks, way-finding information and additional relevant elements.
• Identify areas of opportunity for motorized/non-motorized traffic safety improvements and propose alternatives.
• Provide detailed non-motorized transportation design analysis to help guide the development of future transportation systems in the corridor.
• The consultant team must provide a plan that demonstrates consistency with other Billings and Yellowstone County area plans, including:
• 2011 Billings Area Bikeway and Trails Master Plan
• 2009 Billings Urban Area Long Range Transportation Plan and subsequent updates.
• Yellowstone County and City of Billings 2008 Growth Policy Update

Consultant will be required to inform and solicit comments from the community through the Yellowstone County Board of Planning Participation Plan. The public participation plan can be found:

During the study process or at the conclusion of the study, as applicable, the following items will be delivered:
• Weekly email updates of project status to City-County Planning Division. Project meetings as needed.
• Attendance at public meetings and meetings with the Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) and the Policy Coordinating Committee (PCC) and Governing Bodies are required.
• Feasibility Study summarizing the study purpose, methods and conclusions. Preliminary maps and drawings that illustrate existing and recommended transportation improvements, pathways, trails and safety improvements are a must. Corridor renderings encouraged to demonstrate before and after views of the corridor.
• A project priority summary, outlining long-term and short-term projects and phasing for improvement of the corridor.
• 15 full color copies of the study as well as electronic submittal of the document and executive summary that includes a friendly web-based version.