RFP Type: Other
RFP Status: Open
Open Date: Jul 29, 2016
Closing Date: Sep 6, 2016
Chittenden County Transportation Authority d.b.a. Green Mountain Transit (hereafter referred to as “GMT”) is the largest transit authority in Vermont. The Chittenden County Transportation Authority was created by Vermont Statute 801 in 1973 to provide oversight and coordination of public transportation within its designated service areas in Chittenden, Franklin, Grand Isle, Washington and Lamoille Counties, and the Towns of Orange, Washington, and Williamstown. The area of operation shall also include Addison and Caledonia Counties, but only for the provision of commuter services.
GMT owns, leases or rents five (5) transit facilities housing either administrative staff and bus operation and storage or both. GMT’s Urban operations are housed at 15 Industrial Pkwy, Burlington, VT. The facility consists of bus storage, an operations and maintenance facility, as well as GMT’s primary administrative offices. Additional GMT properties in St. Albans, Berlin, Warren and Stowe are used to provide service in Franklin and Grand Isle Counties and Washington, Lamoille, Orange and Caledonia Counties.
The vast majority of GMT ridership is via urban fixed, traditional bus routes in Chittenden County. These routes are operated with heavy‐duty transit buses, ranging from 25 – 57 seats. However, the majority of geographical coverage is provided through rural fixed, fixed‐deviated and demand response routes throughout central and northwestern Vermont. These routes utilize cutaways, typically with 18 seats. Funding for GMT comes from federal, state and local governments, bus fares, advertising revenues, and other sources. The cities and towns that are served by GMT pay an assessed amount, typically depending on the number of miles served in that city or town.
Most federal funds are used for capital projects. Capital funds may only be spent on tangible items such as equipment, preventative maintenance of vehicles, facilities and equipment, facility improvements and the purchase of vehicles.
Operating expenses are funded through grants, state and local funding, advertising revenue, and fare box revenue and donations. Operating expenses covers salaries, employee benefits, advertising and marketing expenses, and other cash needs.
GMT is seeking consulting services, as more fully outlined in the Scope of Services herein, to conduct a Comprehensive Service Analysis Study of its urban and rural transit system(s) to identify service improvements that shall provide better public transportation for existing transit customers, attract new transit customers, improve regional connectivity, and improve the overall operating efficiency of the GMT system.