District Issues DC Circulator Operations and Maintenance RFP

Friday, September 29, 2017

Media Contacts
Terry Owens — (202) 763-8635, terry.owens@dc.gov
Michelle Phipps-Evans — (202) 497-0124, michelle.phipps-evans@dc.gov

(Washington, DC) – Today, the District of Columbia issued a Request for Proposals (RFP) to operate and maintain the DC Circulator transit system. First launched in 2005, the DC Circulator has grown steadily since then, now serving more than 5 million passengers annually. The District now invites the transit management industry to send in proposals to operate the Circulator in its exciting next chapter. Offerors must provide a proposal in response to the RFP by Thursday, November 16, 2017.

The DC Circulator is a local transit resource conveniently transporting riders on six routes throughout the District and Rosslyn, Virginia, at a fare of $1, with buses arriving every 10 minutes. The District Department of Transportation (DDOT) recently announced plans to add 40 new buses to the fleet, including clean diesel and battery-electric propulsion models. More improvements to the system are planned.

“This solicitation will allow DC Circulator to grow into its next phase, while continuing to provide DC’s residents, commuters, and visitors with a safe, affordable, and eco-friendly way to travel between existing and growing activity centers,” said Jeff Marootian, DDOT Interim Director. “We believe that the private sector’s energy and creativity will help us keep the Circulator a high-performing and cost-effective system.”

DDOT invites interested proposers to attend an Industry Day event on Thursday, October 12, 2017, at DDOT’s 55 M Street SE headquarters. The Industry Day event will allow private sector representatives to visit current Circulator maintenance facilities, engage with District officials, and network with other transit industry professionals.

Interested participants should register for Industry Day at http://DCCirculator.eventbrite.com. Any questions concerning the solicitation should be submitted by 2 pm, October 17, 2017, to dccirculator@dc.gov.

View RFP


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