July 26, 2012

D.C. DOT issues RFI for privatizing bus, streetcar systems

The District Department of Transportation (DDOT) is exploring the potential of privatizing its non-regional bus service and a 22-mile priority streetcar system as a means to accelerate delivery.

As part of this process DDOT is asking for the private sector’s perspective and feedback in a Request for Information (RFI) issued this week. The RFI is an inquiry only, not a procurement, but the responses will help advance planning and development efforts for the project, which may result in the launch of a formal procurement.

The scope of the proposed project includes a combination of the following activities to support transit service within the District:

• Design, construction, financing, and ongoing operations and maintenance of a 22‐mile minimum priority streetcar network.

• Operations and maintenance of the DC Circulator bus system.

• Operations and maintenance of “non‐regional” bus service within Washington, D.C., currently operated by the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority.

• Purchase of vehicles as necessary to operate the above services.

The District anticipates a public-private partnership (PPP) could accelerate the delivery of the DC Streetcar system. Other potential benefits include allowing appropriate risk sharing; maximizing competition and leveraging available public funds; providing greater cost and schedule certainty for the District over the long‐term; and allowing for a more favorable payment profile.

To view the RFI, click here.

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