Deltek Pulse: March in review – Transportation

Published: April 03, 2013

Transportation

Similar to February, very few transit-related solicitations were canceled in March.

Trends and analysis
The most common transportation projects during March are listed in the chart below as well as illustrated in the word cloud (according to the Deltek GovWin IQ database).
 
Type of Project
# of Solicitations
Road/Street
55
Construction
36
Parking
27
Paving
22
Traffic
20
Airport
19
Asphalt
18
Bridge
11
Bus Technology
10
Electrical
9

The following states had the most transportation-related solicitation releases during March:

State
# of Solicitations
Texas
223
California
296
New York
173
Maryland
91
Illinois
84
Florida
72

Notable project releases

· The Illinois Regional Transportation Authority (RTA/Metra) issued a request for proposals (RFP) for fare payment system (FPS) project management and oversight consulting services. Metra is seeking a consultant to assist with a three-part project that includes an FPS, an FPS pilot project, and FPS procurement and implementation.
· The New Hampshire Department of Safety, Division of Motor Vehicles, released an RFP for its DMV Vision Project. The department released an RFI in 2010 and took more than two years to develop the RFP for the estimated $8.3 million project.
· The New York Capital District Transportation Authority (CDTA) released an RFP for a new fare collection system. The new system will update the current system from magnetic stripe technology to contactless smart cards and secure barcode media.
· The Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission (PTC) issued an RFP for a system-wide dynamic message sign (DMS) system. The PTC hopes to find a vendor who will coordinate with construction contractors to support the installation, integration, facilitate the testing and acceptance, and train commission staff on the completely functional DMS systems for upcoming highway projects.
· The California Department of Motor Vehicles released a request for information (RFI) for a customer flow and appointment system replacement. The state currently utilizes a Q-Matic system. The new solution will include systems requirements analysis, database design, COTS configuration, interfaces, testing, integration and installation services, as well as non-proprietary internet-protocol (IP)-based hardware to support the solution.
· The Metropolitan Transportation Agency (MTA) issued an RFI for a 700/800 MHz radio system for the NYC Transit Department of Buses and MTA Bus Company. The department hopes the RFI will provide information regarding the availability of radio technology and devices, and will determine if the information provided is sufficient for the NYCT to develop a design.
Notable awards
· The New York Department of Motor Vehicles made an award to Systech International, LLC for its vehicle inspection program. The contract will take effect on December 1, 2013, and last seven years.
 
Analyst’s Take
Several large project solicitations were released – most notably New Hampshire’s VISION project. The release of the fare payment system (FPS) and consulting services project even sparked the possible release of future RFPs vendors can look forward to, including a fare payment system project (FPS) and fare payment system (FPS) pilot project. It is also interesting to note that agencies in New York and Pennsylvania are receiving funding to update their outdated transportation related systems, new fare collection system and dynamic message sign system, respectively. Vendors can look forward to other states following suit and providing opportunities to bid on high-dollar projects.