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City of St. Louis Streetcar RFQ

City of St. Louis Streetcar RFQ

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Request for Qualifications: St. Louis Streetcar Feasibility Study
Issued By:
The Partnership for Downtown St. Louis on Friday, June 1, 2012
Response Deadline:
12:00 p.m. (noon) on Friday, June 22, 2012
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I. Introduction
The Partnership for Downtown St. Louis (Partnership) is seeking a qualified consultant toexecute a streetcar feasibility study for connecting the areas of Downtown, Midtown, CentralWest End, and Skinker-DeBaliviere in the City of St. Louis. The feasibility study will includethe process of planning, funding and design of the St. Louis Streetcar. This study is intended tobe the first step in the evaluation of expending time and funds for the St. Louis Streetcarinitiative.The following areas connected by a streetcar boast the following assets. Linking these assetswill generate additional economic development in the areas surrounding a potential route:Downtown & Downtown West (Central Business District)Employees: 88,000 (largest employment center in the region; majors employers includeWells Fargo Advisors, AT&T, Bank of America, US Bank, Anthem Blue Cross/BlueShield, Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis)Residents: 7,600
(region’s fastest growing neighborhood)
 Tourism: Convention Center, 7,300 hotel roomsCultural attractions: Gateway Arch, Peabody Opera House, CityGarden, City MuseumSporting venues: Busch Stadium, Edward Jones Dome, Scottrade CenterMidtown (Grand Center)Employees: 9,700 (major employers include St. Louis University, Sigma Aldrich)Residents: 5,600University: Saint Louis University with 14,000 students and 3,300 faculty and Harris-Stowe University with 1,600 students.Cultural attractions: More than twelve arts and entertainment venues including the FoxTheater and Powell HallSporting venues: Chaifetz ArenaCentral West EndEmployees: 32,100 (major employers include BJC HealthCare, state's largest employer,and CORTEX life sciences and biotechnology research district)Residents: 14,400University: Washington University Medical CenterCultural attractions: Cathedral Basilica of Saint Louis (the New Cathedral)Skinker-DeBaliviere (Forest Park)Residents: 7,400University: Washington University with 14,000 students and 3,400 facultyCultural attractions: Forest Park (Missouri History, The Muny theater, St. Louis ArtMuseum, St. Louis Zoo, St. Louis Science Center & Planetarium)
 
Request for Qualifications: St. Louis Streetcar Feasibility Study
Issued By:
The Partnership for Downtown St. Louis on Friday, June 1, 2012
Response Deadline:
12:00 p.m. (noon) on Friday, June 22, 2012
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The proposed streetcar will strengthen the region's transit system by feeding into current andproposed MetroLink and MetroBus lines; solidifying existing and spurring additional economicinvestments.
With the streetcar line’s frequent stops along the central east
-west corridor, the linewill complement and serve intersecting MetroLink and MetroBus routes. With the efforts for theLoop Trolley, the ability to connect the two lines would benefit both efforts and enable riders togo from Downtown to University City by streetcar. A preliminary analysis of connecting thetwo lines should be included. The feasibility study will build the foundation for additionalenvironmental and engineering work, the tools necessary for the basic environmental work toposition this project for additional funding opportunities in the future. It will be critical thatNEPA experience with the Federal Transit Administration be considered in the feasibility study
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Direct inquiries and questions regarding this RFQ should be submitted to Matt Schindler at
 
mschindler@downtownstl.org.Email inquiries and questions regarding this RFQ must be
 
submitted no later than 12:00 p.m. (noon) local time on Thursday, June 14, 2012.
Qualificationsare due by 12:00 p.m. (noon) local time on Friday, June 22, 2012 to the following address:RFQ-St. Louis Streetcar Feasibility Studyc/o Mr. Matt SchindlerManager, Economic and Housing DevelopmentPartnership for Downtown St. Louis720 Olive St., Suite 450St. Louis, MO 63101
Late proposals will be returned unopened.
Qualifications are not to exceed five (5) pages
regarding the firm’s capabilities to carr
y out the project.
Ten (10) printed copies and oneelectronic copy in *.pdf format on a CD of qualifications should be enclosed along with a letterfrom a firm principal committing the request for a minimum of ninety (90) days.
Faxedproposals or proposals submitted with an inadequate number of copies will not beaccepted.
Partnership will post any supplemental information as necessary on Partnership’s
website: www.downtownstl.org/downtownnext/ 
 
Request for Qualifications: St. Louis Streetcar Feasibility Study
Issued By:
The Partnership for Downtown St. Louis on Friday, June 1, 2012
Response Deadline:
12:00 p.m. (noon) on Friday, June 22, 2012
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II. Scope of Work for Feasibility Study
 
A.
 
Stakeholder Involvement: The Partnership will form a steering committee, consisting of key stakeholders. The committee will meet monthly throughout the project. In addition,the consultant will be expected to meet with other interested parties as needed.B.
 
Objectives: Project objectives will be developed with the St. Louis Streetcar steeringcommittee. The objectives will include a review of both current and future transportationand land use/development criteria. These will have a major impact on operations,equipment, and alignment and amenity details. They will also drive costs, both capitaland operating.C.
 
Alignments: This includes routes, station locations and position of tracks within streets.These could include future extensions and connections to other transit facilities.D.
 
Design: Typical design plans, including station elements and streetscaping, electricalsystem details, and consideration of vehicles: rubber tire vs. fixed-rail; modern, heritage,heritage replica vehicles; and the implications of those choices. Renderings will bedeveloped to help guide selection of alternatives.E.
 
Operating plans: This element will include days and hours of operation, as well as headways (time between trains). This will largely be a function of the degree to which thesystem is expected to provide serious transit options.F.
 
Project benefits: These will include transportation, environmental and developmentimpacts, partly reflecting the fact that all modern streetcar projects in the United Stateswere planned to have major development roles - and are considered to have had them.Detail major environmental, cultural, or utility impacts that could negatively affectproject outcomes.G.
 
Costs: A breakdown of cost including capital costs for construction, trains, powersystems, stations and street improvements; and ongoing operating costs. This will resultin an annual requirement for local funds.H.
 
Financial plan (or options): Identify opportunities for federal funding (in early planning itis typically assumed that about 50 percent of capital will be federal) and options for non-federal (probably local) funding for both the non-federal capital share and the operatingrequirements.I.
 
Implementation plan (or options): This will address alternatives for moving a projectthrough planning (including environmental review), engineering, design andconstruction. It will also include options for operations management.J.
 
Deadline: The final feasibility study will be submitted by January 31, 2013.These work products will be designed to support the further development of the project during anFTA-compliant Alternatives Analysis.

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