The Midland Area Transportation Study (MATS) is seeking consultant services to conduct Public Transportation Study for Midland County, Michigan. Firms wishing to respond may find the details in the following RFP. Deadline for Submittals is Friday, December 18th, 2015 by 3PM.
The purpose of the Transportation Study is to evaluate and build on the region’s current transportation services, assess and respond to current community needs by developing improvement strategies and implementation plan, augmenting the overall system and promoting connectivity collaboration while mindful of fiscal constraints and other barriers.
Questions & Answers
- Does MATS have a standard contract? (understanding of course that the FTA/MDOT language included as Attachment A must be included regardless). If MATS does have a standard contract, would you be able to provide an example? If not, would MATS consider using the consultant’s standard contract modified as appropriate to be consistent with the FTA/MDOT language?
- MATS will not consider using a consultant’s standard contract. The contract between MATS and the selected consultant will be developed with state guidance. An example will not be provided. It may be possible for some contract language to be modified during MATS’ negotiation with the selected consultant
- MATS cannot provide any additional guidance regarding Study budget.
- Interim Summary documents may be submitted electronically.
- No, we cannot meet. Questions regarding the RFP must be submitted in writing by e-mail. Verbal comments are not part of solicitation.
- The project budget will not be made available.
- Substantial level of engagement with other local stakeholders is realized through local Transportation Task Force.
- The deadline for study completion is October 28, 2016 corresponding to substantial 9-month time frame for the study. No specific drivers.
- None at the moment. Targeting of other grants/funding would depend on results and recommendations of the study.
- In 2012/2013 Midland’s County needs assessment was conducted by the Midland Area Community Foundation with the support of the Health and Human Services Council. One of the top needs identified was “Inadequate Public Transportation”. The needs were compiled primarily based on consultation with various organizations and agencies throughout the community, and feedback from focus groups and public. No official/extensive surveys done at the time.
- How have insurance costs been a barrier to transportation in the past?
- Insurance cost can be a factor for some as to whether a vehicle can/cannot be purchased.
- Walking and Bicycling.
- Depend on scope of selected proposal and its work plan.