REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS TO PROVIDE
Professional Consulting Services for Updating the Lincoln MPO Travel Demand Model and Long Range Transportation Plan.
The Lincoln Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) / Lincoln-Lancaster County Planning Department is seeking proposals from qualified Transportation Planning firms to provide professional services for Updating the Lincoln MPO Travel Demand Model and Long Range Transportation Plan. The project's general scope of work has four major elements resulting in the development of Long Range Transportation Plan for the Lincoln MPO covering the Metropolitan Planning Area. These elements are the following: Updating the Lincoln MPO Travel Demand Model, Develop GIS-Based Transportation System Analysis Tools, Analysis of Alternative System Improvements, and Public Involvement and Stakeholder Outreach.
The Lincoln MPO has a strong interest in working with a firm that has experience in Metropolitan Transportation Planning and is qualified and experienced with using TransCAD Modeling software and ESRI-Based Geographic Information Systems compatible with Lincoln-Lancaster Planning Department's software. The firm is to have knowledge of emerging issues and trends in transportation planning and modeling and an understanding in the application of Performance-Based Planning and Programming principles and methods for integration into the Long Range Transportation Plan.
The Request for Proposals for Consulting Services is available here. Copies are also available from the Lincoln MPO at the Lincoln-Lancaster County Planning Department.
Sealed proposals will be received by the Lincoln MPO office (County-City Building, 555 S. 10th Street, Suite 213, Lincoln, NE 68508) no later than 4:00 p.m. CST on Monday, October 7, 2019. Proposals received after the specified time will be retained unopened until after award. Proposals must be based on the Lincoln MPO / Lincoln-Lancaster County Planning Department's Request for Proposals.
Contact Allan Zafft, Transportation Planner, by email at firstname.lastname@example.org for questions concerning this Request for Proposals.
Note: This is a Federal-aid Project, all rules in the Local Public Agencies (LPA) Guidelines Manual for Federal-Aid Projects, as published on the NDOT website, must be followed. This manual is located at https://dot.nebraska.gov/business-center/lpa/projects/.
Interested consultants must have a current NDOT Form 497, "Architect, Engineer, and Related Services Certification Form" on file with NDOT prior to the deadline identified in the RFP Schedule section of the Request for Proposals. If necessary, a completed NDOT Form 497 should be submitted to: NDOT.PDAnnualCertification@nebraska.gov. The latest NDOT Form 497 is available at https://dot.nebraska.gov/business-center/consultant/certification/.
Responses to Submitted Questions
- Question: Do you have a budget in mind for this project? I looked at your UPWP, but it wasn't clear given the fiscal year.
The Lincoln MPO must use a Qualifications-Based Selection (QBS) process to select an engineering, architectural or planning firm to provide professional services. This is independent of funding source. The objective is to select the most qualified firm for the proposed services. In a QBS process, price cannot be a selection factor. In other words, a bidding process for professional services is prohibited.
Section 10.0 of the Request for Proposals shows the following information on the project budget:
"A project scope of work and budget for each phase will be negotiated in detail with the selected consultant. Consultant selection will be based on the merits of the proposal and interview which will be evaluated based upon the criteria as shown in the Evaluation Criteria section in this Request for Proposals to accomplish the work within the constraints of this project. Due to fiscal constraints of the federal funds available for this project, it will need to be kept within reasonable constraints of the MPO Unified Planning Work Program (UPWP). To facilitate negotiations, the proposed budget for each element should be kept in mind when developing the proposal.
- This is a Federal-aid Project, all rules in the Local Public Agencies (LPA) Guidelines Manual for Federal-Aid Projects, as published on the NDOT website, must be followed. This manual is located at https://dot.nebraska.gov/business-center/lpa/projects/.
- The method of payment to be used will be cost plus fixed fee.
- Price is not to be a factor in selection."
The total project cost is not reflected in the FY 2020 Unified Planning Work Program for the Lincoln MPO. The project will have expenditures in FY 2020, FY 2021, FY 2022.