Notice of Bid/Request for Proposal

South Florida Regional Transportation Authority



The South Florida Regional Transportation Authority (SFRTA), an agency of the State of Florida, operates Tri-Rail, a seventy-two (72) mile commuter rail service with eighteen (18) stations in Miami-Dade, Broward, and Palm Beach counties.

THE PURPOSE: SFRTA is seeking up to five (5) General Planning Consultants to assist SFRTA with implementing regionally significant transit projects. The General Planning Consultants shall assist in the planning, technical, managerial and administrative efforts related to transportation studies, projects and/or activities of SFRTA. Such activities may include: short and long range transportation planning, transit facilities planning and development, alternatives analysis and major investment studies, station area/transit-oriented development and oversight, project control and management, financial planning and analysis, preparation of New Starts Reports, public participation, environmental analysis, and preliminary project planning and conceptual site planning. The term of the Agreement(s) will be three (3) years with SFRTA’s option of extending the term for two (2) additional one-year periods.

A REQUEST FOR DOCUMENTS should be directed to: Mr. Robert Becker, SFRTA, 800 N. W. 33 Street, Pompano Beach, Florida 33064, (954)788-7909. The cost of the solicitation document is Fifty Dollars ($50.00) non-refundable. Checks or money orders made payable to SFRTA should be forwarded to Mr. Becker at the address above. Solicitation documents will be available on or about June 29, 2009.

A PRE-SUBMITTAL CONFERENCE will be held in the SFRTA Board Room at the address above on July 15, 2009, 10:00 a.m. The purpose of the meeting will be for SFRTA to respond to questions from document holders and clarify requirements in an open forum. Attendance is not mandatory but is recommended.

RECEIPT OF SEALED LETTERS OF INTEREST: All Letters of Interest must be received as per the LOI instructions no later than 5:00 p.m. (Eastern Time), July 31, 2009, at the SFRTA office in Pompano Beach.

SFRTA reserves the right to postpone, accept, or reject any and all Letters of Interest in whole or in part. All Proposers must certify that they are not on the State of Florida Comptroller General’s List of Ineligible Bidders. All Letters of Interest shall remain in effect for One Hundred Eighty (180) days from the LOI submission due date.

DBE PARTICIPATION: SFRTA solicits and encourages Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) participation. DBEs will be afforded full consideration of their responses and will not be subject to discrimination.

NOTIFICATION OF FEDERAL PARTICIPATION: A portion of this project may be funded by a grant from the Federal Transit Administration. Any resultant Agreement shall be subject to all federal rules and regulations.

CONE OF SILENCE: Any verbal or written communications between any Proposer (potential or actual), or its representatives and any SFRTA Board Member, staff member, committee member, or consultant regarding this procurement are strictly prohibited from the date of the LOI advertisement through the date of execution of the contract. The only exceptions to this are: (1) written requests regarding information or clarification made to SFRTA’s designated contract specialist during the allowable time period under the solicitation; (2) any communications at a publicly noticed meeting of SFRTA; and (3) any communications with the SFRTA Director of Procurement. Any violation of the requirements set forth in this section shall constitute grounds for immediate and permanent disqualification of the Proposer/violator from participation in this procurement.