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Commuter Bus Start-up Assistance Demo Project

Publication Date
03/07/2018 03:50 PM EST
Closing Date
04/02/2018 04:30 PM EDT
Issuing Organization
Northern Shenandoah Valley Regional Commission
Solicitation Number

Specifications include, but are not limited to:The purpose of this Request for Proposals (RFP) and the resulting contract is to increase transportation options for residents of the Northern Shenandoah Valley who commute daily to Washington D.C. and vicinity. NSVRC is seeking, through competitive process, a qualified organization (hereafter referred to as ‘Service Provider’) interested in establishing a daily commuter bus service from Front Royal and Linden Park and Ride lots in Warren County to a mutually agreed upon destination in Northern Virginia and/or Washington D.C., with possible intermediate stops. “Commuter bus service” is defined to mean express bus service for a specified number of commuters on a pre-paid, reserved-seat basis or daily fare purchase. NSVRC is seeking proposals to provide commuter bus service in the I-66 corridor. NSVRC is seeking turnkey services, in which the Service Provider provides all vehicles, equipment (all vehicles must be ADA accessible) and drivers, obtain all required permits and authority, obtain required insurance, conduct appropriate maintenance and retain records. The service must be open to the general public and operate on a fixed-route and fixed schedule. All proposals must meet or exceed the requirements below: A. Provide one or more a.m. and p.m. round trips each day Monday through Friday from the Front Royal and Linden Park and Ride lots to a mutually agreed upon destination in Northern Virginia and/or Washington D.C. The exact times, route and stops shall be recommended by the Service Provider in their proposal. Start of commuter bus service will be determined based on the construction schedule for the I-66 Outside the Beltway project and with prior approval. B. Seats will be guaranteed to riders who have paid for a monthly subscription. If there are empty seats, other passengers may be transported as long as the per-trip fare is not less than the fare charged the subscribers, and transporting non-subscribers does not alter the route or schedule of the bus. Service provider will be responsible handling payment processing and distribution of tickets/passes. C. The bus should be at least a 35 seat coach during start up with regular service (no later than six months) being provided by a full-sized (55 seat) coach with the following: heat and air conditioning, tinted glass, overhead parcel or baggage racks, optional Wi-Fi, adequate head room, lavatory facilities and other features normally associated with suburban and intercity passenger service. D. The Service Provider will procure, maintain and provide proof of insurance coverage for injuries to persons and property damage as may arise from operation of the bus and actions of the Service Provider, its agents, subcontractors or employees. Insurance coverage will maintain a minimum limit of $5 million or industry standard. E. The bus will be equipped to meet all applicable federal, state and local safety standards, emission requirements, and ADA requirements. F. The bus will be maintained in good working condition, meeting all federal, state and local requirements. Overall appearance, interior and exterior, must be clean, in good repair, and free of unpleasant odors.

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