Orange County seeks transportation planner for long-range needs study of east side

Orange County is seeking a consultant planning firm to lead a long-range transportation needs study for growth occurring on the county's eastern side, according to a Request for Proposals (RFP) issued last week. 

East Orange County is already home to the second largest university in the country in UCF, two large business parks and rapid residential subdivision growth. All of this and more new development is pushing area roadways beyond capacity. 

Dubbed the North East Orange County Area Wide Transportation Study (NEOCATS), the county government wants this to serve as a long-range transportation plan that will identify and analyze potential transportation projects that would improve network connecitivity and relieve constrained corridors. 

The study should develop a prioritized list of regional roadway and intersection improvements, transit, pedestrian and bicycle enhancements. 

The plan will serve as a short-term guide for capital improvement expenditures, and in the long term as a basis for coordinating future land use with the area's transportation needs. 

Study limits encompass the region north of Colonial Drive (S.R. 50), south of the Orange/Seminole County line, east of Alafaya Trail and west of Chuluota Road. 

The consultant must prepare a Public Involvement Plan (PIP) to detail how it will involve appropriate state and local agencies, stakeholders, and residents with particular attention to low income, elderly, minority and disabled persons.

The chosen firm must prepare and distribute five bilingual editions of a project newsletter, a website for the study, advertisements and news releases, and hold 12 public information meetings. The study process is anticipated to run 52 weeks. 

Favor will be given in the evaluation process to an applicant's "Approach, Understanding and Scope" response, followed by examples of similar projects completed, and skills and experience of the project team. 

A non-mandatory pre-proposal conference will be held this Friday, 10 a.m., at the county's Public Works Complex, 4200 S. John Young Parkway. 

Sealed proposals are due to the county's Procurement Division office at 400 E. South St. in Downtown Orlando on July 13, by 2 p.m.

Complete documents for RFP no. Y17-819-CH can be found at the county Procurement Division's Bid Openings webpage. 

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