Request for Proposals

Long Range Transportation Plan

City of Billings/Yellowstone County

Billings, MT

Posted: 02/06/2013
Submittal Deadline: 03/08/2013


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This RFP is issued by City of Billings for the purpose of developing the 2014 Billings Urban Area Long Range Transportation Plan. It is the intent of the City of Billings to review and assess the RFP responses to determine if the response from solicited suppliers can meet the needs of the City of Billings.

Suppliers are expected to provide their best and most competitive proposal.

The Yellowstone County Board of Planning (YCBP) is the designated Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) for the Billings Urban Area. The YCBP is required to develop a Long Range Transportation Plan every four years. The below scope of work was developed to bring the plan into compliance with all MAP-21 requirements, including specific tasks to bring plan elements into compliance with new legislative requirements.

The YCBP is specifically looking for firms that can demonstrate an innovative and creative Transportation Plan that has an aesthetic appearance and is reader friendly.

The 2013 Billings Urban Area Long Range Transportation Plan will require the Scope of Work and Document package to be completed in draft form by December 31, 2013.

Below is a general outline of the anticipated scope of work. However, the final scope of work will be negotiated with the successful proposer.

• Review and incorporate all MAP-21 legislation requirements for plan compliance.
• With data collected by the YCBP, update existing land use and transportation conditions data in the 2009 Transportation Plan, the planning horizon for this project is to the year 2035.
• With data from the 2011 Billings Area Bikeway and Trail Master Plan and the YCBP, update the non-motorized components within the 2009 Transportation Plan.
• With Traffic Model information developed by the YCBP and MDT, provide definitive long term traffic analysis to assist in the design and construction of future transportation infrastructure improvements.
• Review and identify long and short range transportation projects for inclusion in the updated plan. Fiscal analysis and constraint is required for this element.
• Review and expand the Public Transit and Transportation Element Section. Including, analyzing the community’s perception of what role Transit should play in the overall transportation Plan for the next 20 years.
• Review and expand the Freight Movement Services and Facilities Section to include but not limited to the location of distribution centers, study of the street network that serves these centers and potential improvements.
• Within the study area review and identify historical and forecasted rail freight trends, review rail operating systems and identify deficiencies in regards to impacts to local traffic movements and identify potential funding sources to improve or mitigate deficiencies.
• Review and expand the Safety Section that will focus on analysis of crash data to identify and prevent crashes related to driver behavior as well as transportation infrastructure. To be effective, the safety section should focus on education, enforcement, engineering, and emergency medical services.
• Review and expand the Security Section to include the consideration and implementation of projects, strategies, and services that will address increasing the security of the transportation system for motorized and non-motorized users.
• Through analysis, future projects and traffic modeling assumptions, identify potential areas within the study area for further planning.
• Coordinate closely with MDT throughout the plan development to ensure compliance with Federal and State regulations.