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Support for Rapid Policy Assessment Tool (RPAT) Application


Project Overview and Description

The City of Durham, on behalf of the Durham-Chapel Hill Carrboro Metropolitan Planning Organization (DCHC MPO) is soliciting project qualifications from professional FIRMS interested in being considered to support the Rapid Policy Assessment Tool (RPAT) application for the Triangle Region, North Carolina.

RPAT is a strategic planning policy assessment tool that evaluates the effects of smart growth policies on travel demand.  Essentially, the tool evaluates regional scenarios based on changes in the built environment, travel demand, transportation supply and transportation policies being considered.  A RPAT model was already developed and validated for the region.  The RPAT application support may include, but not limited to, performing RPAT runs, evaluating a series of performance metrics resulting from development scenarios: travel impacts, environmental and energy impacts, community impacts, financial and economic impacts, location impacts, connected vehicle technology impact for the near future and automated vehicle impacts for the long-range plan.


Interested firms should meet the following qualifications and possess the expertise enumerated below:
  1. The firm(s) must have experience with RPAT application at a regional scale.  The experience with Regional Strategic Planning Model (RSPM) application is preferred.
  2. The firm(s) must have demonstrated expertise in smart growth, scenario planning, ITS policies, pricing, travel demand models, particularly the Triangle Regional Model, as well as theoretical background in land use - transportation interactions/linkage.
  3. The firm(s) must have experience and familiarities with using RPAT model / tool, including making adjustments and applying it to support the strategic plan.
  4. Firm(s) must have experience in working in open source platform / environment, especially R software.
  5. Firm(s) must have knowledge/experience in and familiarity with the Triangle Regional Model.

How to Apply

Responses to the request shall be in written form. Proposal evaluation will focus initially on the written proposals received by the City of Durham, Transportation Department by 4:00 p.m. on January 12, 2017. Proposals should provide level of efforts and address specific project issues of any kind. Proposals will be reviewed using the following evaluation criteria (weights in parentheses):
  1. Extensive experience, knowledge and familiarity in the application of Rapid Policy Assessment Tool (RPAT) at a regional scale (30%).
  2. Firm’s interest and understanding of proposed project (20%)
  3. Identification of personnel who would actually work on the proposed MPO RPAT application, indicating educational background, experience, availability (including current workload) and ability of staff members in the firm assigned to this project to complete the project on the required schedule. (30%).
  4. Proposed innovative strategies and schedule/timeline for accomplishing the project (20%).

Affirmative responses should provide a recommended approach and schedule for accomplishing the scope of work and should be accompanied by the following documentation:

  1. The firm’s recent and past experience with similar kinds of projects including relevant project costs and reference contact with address and telephone number experience directly related to the scope of work.
  2. Identification of personnel who would actually work on the implementation of the RPAT planning tool for the Triangle Region.
  3. Current workload and availability of such personnel in all required fields of expertise.
    Interested firms should email a digital/electronic copy of their proposal no later than 4:00 pm, January 16, 2017, to Felix Nwoko, ( .

Mail can be submitted to:
Attention:  Felix Nwoko & Yanping Zhang
Transportation Department
Project Name: Support for Rapid Policy Assessment Tool (RPAT) Application
(Bid #17-0018)
101 City Hall Plaza, Fourth Floor (Suite 4200)
Durham, NC 27701-3329

 City of Durham Bids

The City of Durham periodically publishes a request for proposals to complete transportation related services for the DCHC MPO. The requests are usually a Request for Information (RFI), Request for Qualifications (RFQ) or Request for Proposal (RFP) depending on the nature and cost of the needed services. These requests will be posted on this Web page.

Triangle Bikeway Implementation Study

The Capital Area Metropolitan Planning Organization (CAMPO), in partnership with the Durham-Chapel Hill-Carrboro MPO is inviting qualified consulting firms or persons to submit Project Proposals to conduct an Implementation Study for a regional bicycle connection from Raleigh in Wake County to the Park Center site at Research Triangle Park in Durham County via a separated greenway type facility generally following the I-40 corridor; and a Feasibility Study for a regional bicycle facility between the Park Center site and US 15-501 (Fordham Boulevard) in Chapel Hill; which will also address bicycle/pedestrian facility gaps along NC 54 in Durham County. The Implementation Study will build upon feasibility study work completed by Wake County in December 2017.

The purpose of this study is to prepare a work product that will ultimately lay out a long-term vision for a multi-modal transportation network in the study area, with a detailed implementation strategy that includes short-term and mid-term recommendations to aid with the implementation of the ultimate vision for the proposed bikeway. The purpose of this bikeway is to serve commuters between Raleigh, Durham, Cary, Research Triangle Park and Morrisville; and connect with existing and planned extensions of a facility in the City and County of Durham, which ultimately connects to US 15-501 in the Town of Chapel Hill. The work in this RFP should deliver a functional design for the segment between Raleigh and the Park Center site at Research Triangle Park; and a concept level plan for the segment between the Park Center site at Research Triangle Park and US 15-501 (Fordham Boulevard) in Chapel Hill. The work should deliver a proposed implementation plan and planning level cost estimates by segment.

View the full Request for Proposals: Triangle Bikeway Implementation Study

Completed proposals are due no later than 3:00 p.m. on Friday, July 26, 2019. This study is to be completed by no later than June 30, 2021; with a Notice to Proceed anticipated to be issued by September 27, 2019.

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