Monday, January 17, 2011

Contract expiration, FTA require new streetcar bids

Due to the expiration of a prior contract and strings attached to federal funding, the City of Cincinnati is in the process of soliciting requests for proposals (RFP) from construction contractors for the first phase of its streetcar project.

Stacy and Witbeck, Inc. had filled the role since signing a contract with the City in June 2009, but that contract expired on December 13.
And, as a condition of being awarded a $25 million federal Urban Circulator Grant to help fund the project, the City is required to use Federal Transit Administration procedures for selecting a new contractor.

A mandatory pre-proposal meeting is scheduled for tomorrow afternoon at 1 P.M. at City Hall, Room 115. Proposals are due by noon on January 31.

The $128 million first phase of the Cincinnati streetcar project consists of a 4.9-mile loop serving Downtown, Over-the-Rhine, and Uptown (via Vine Street).

The City has identified more than $150 million in funding for the project, including $50 million in Ohio Department of Transportation TRAC grants, the $25 million Urban Circulator Grant, $25 million in special tax assessments along the proposed route, $11 million from the sale of Blue Ash Airport property, $7 million from Duke Energy and private donors, $6 million in restricted City capital funds, and a $4 million Ohio-Kentucky-Indiana Regional Council of Governments CMAQ grant.

The City has received $1.8 million in additional funding from the State of Ohio to plan future extensions of the line, and $2.4 million from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development for supportive zoning initiatives.

* The City is authorized, by ordinance, to issue up to $28 million in economic development bonds.

Previous reading on BC:
$25M federal grant means streetcar can proceed (7/12/10)
Cincinnati approves $64M in streetcar bonds (5/13/10)
Streetcar tentatively awarded $15M, other projects recommend (3/22/10)
CFP celebrates, plans to continue (12/14/09)
Port study would examine impacts of fourth Mill Creek rail main (9/30/09)