The City of Inglewood, California, announced the release of a Request for Information (RFI) for its Inglewood Transit Connector (ITC) Project, an estimated $1 billion transit project designed to improve mobility for existing residents and provide significant economic benefits for the city.
As proposed, the 1.6-mile-long ITC Project will consist of an elevated, fixed-guideway rail system providing direct connections between the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transit Authority’s (L.A. Metro) Crenshaw/LAX Line and Inglewood’s new major employment, commercial, housing, sports, and entertainment centers.
Issuance of the RFI is the first step of the city’s two-phase market sounding process, which will take place over the coming months. During the first phase, the city will solicit industry feedback on transit technologies potentially suitable for development of the ITC Project, while also educating the market about the project’s proposed governance structure and the anticipated procurement process. The second phase, expected to launch in May of this year with the release of a supplemental RFI, will focus on sharing additional details with the market including the project’s funding and finance planning efforts, risk mitigation/allocation, right-of-way acquisition, and small business and diversity and inclusion policies.
Industry participants will have a number of opportunities for input and information exchange during the initial RFI phase. On March 17, the city will hold an industry forum to provide background on the project and topics included in the RFI. From March 24 through March 26, the city will be available for virtual one-on-one meetings with teams and transit technology suppliers that have demonstrated the requisite experience delivering large-scale transit projects similar to the ITC Project. All interested members of the industry are encouraged to offer their insights by submitting responses to the questions included in the RFI by April 2.
“We have made significant progress on the ITC Project, including releasing the Draft EIR in December and securing over $328 million, or roughly one-third of the overall project costs in state grant funding and county Measure R funds,” said Inglewood Mayor James Butts. “Today marks another significant milestone in the development of the project with the release of the RFI to the industry. This will give us the opportunity to work closely with the market to inform our procurement process and I look forward to hearing from the industry about cost-effective technology options the project can benefit from.”