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1 Request for Proposals Contra Costa County Contra Costa Centre I 680/Treat Boulevard Bicycle & Pedestrian Plan Funded by a Contra Costa Measure J Transportation for Livable Communities Grant from the Contra Costa Transportation Authority Lead Agency Contra Costa County Department of Conservation and Development Partner Agencies City of Walnut Creek Project location Treat Boulevard (Contra Costa County/Walnut Creek) Western Boundary: Intersection of Geary Road/North Main Street and Treat Boulevard (City of Walnut Creek) Eastern Boundary: Intersection of Jones Road/Iron Horse Trail and Treat Boulevard (Contra Costa County) Mid corridor: Pleasant Hill BART Station/Contra Costa Centre and Treat Boulevard/I 680 over crossing. Areas of expertise needed: Bicycle and pedestrian planning and facility design Freeway facility operation/design Streetscape/landscape design Traffic Engineering GIS/Mapping Public Outreach Complete streets experience Environmental survey/scan Potential Interviews with some or all proposing firms December 2013 Project start date: January 2014 Proposals Due: 12 Noon (PDT) on December 2, Submittals will not be accepted after that time. Project Contact Information: Jamar Stamps, Planner Contra Costa County Department of Conservation & Development 30 Muir Road, 2 nd Floor Martinez, CA Phone (925) file: Transportation > Highways > County Roadss > Treat Boulevard g:\transportation\j. stamps\ccta\tlc\i 680_treat\rfp\680 treat final rfp.docx 1

2 Introduction The Contra Costa County Department of Conservation and Development is seeking a transportation planning/traffic engineering consultant firm to develop the Interstate 680 (I 680)/Treat Boulevard Bicycle & Pedestrian Plan ("Plan"). The Plan will identify improvements to serve bicyclists and pedestrians using Treat Boulevard from the Iron Horse Trail, through the I 680/Treat Boulevard over crossing ("over crossing") near the Contra Costa Centre/Pleasant Hill BART station area, through the intersection at Geary Road/North Main Street. The Plan is being funded with a $75,000 grant from Contra Costa Measure J (2004) Transportation for Livable Communities (TLC) program, administered through the Contra Costa Transportation Authority (CCTA). Staff from Contra Costa County and the City of Walnut Creek will be involved in the conduct of the study. The study area includes commercial and residential uses along the North Main Street and Geary Road in Walnut Creek with the large, mixed use, transit oriented development of Contra Costa Centre, near the Contra Costa Centre/Pleasant Hill BART Station. The Transit Oriented Development (TOD) area is largely complete and improvements for bicyclists and pedestrians on the freeway over crossing and near the North Main Street intersection are the last remaining measures to implement (Pleasant Hill BART Station Area Specific Plan, Figure 7.3). Currently, there is no sidewalk on the south side of the over crossing and there are no bicycle facilities connecting the Geary Road Class 2 bike facility, west of the I 680 over crossing near North Main Street intersection, to the Pleasant Hill Contra Costa Centre BART Station and the Iron Horse Trail. With the Plan implemented, residents in Walnut Creek could access the BART Station and employees in the Contra Costa Centre area could access the amenities (restaurants, shopping, etc.) on the west side of I 680 freeway in Walnut Creek by utilizing an improved Treat Boulevard corridor. Project Description The Plan will identify improvements in three focus areas to serve bicyclists and pedestrians on Treat Boulevard between North Main Street/Geary Road (City of Walnut Creek), and the Jones Road/Iron Horse Trail intersection (Contra Costa County). The three focus areas include I 680/Treat Boulevard over crossing; the Geary Road/North Main Street intersection; and the Treat Boulevard/Iron Horse Trail intersection. Key components of the proposed project include, but are not limited to: Analysis of existing conditions for vehicles, pedestrian and bicyclists; Development of alternative transportation and streetscape concepts; Evaluation of feasibility of alternative improvements; Preparation of Draft and Final Plan. Participation from key stakeholders (participating jurisdictions/agencies, community, etc.) is a critical component of this Plan and must occur throughout its development. 2

3 Focus Areas I 680/Treat Boulevard Over crossing: The I 680/Treat Boulevard over crossing is one of the main arteries into the Contra Costa Centre/Pleasant Hill BART station area from areas of Walnut Creek west of the freeway. Currently, there is an approximately 5 foot sidewalk on the north side of the overcrossing. However, there is no sidewalk on the south side of the over crossing and there are no designated bicycle facilities connecting the Geary Road bike lanes west of the over crossing to the Iron Horse Trail east of the over crossing. The over crossing is dominated by travel lanes which severely limits access and presents a significant barrier for bicyclists and pedestrians. Recommendations for bicycle and pedestrian improvements that would create a safe and efficient access between the BART station area and the areas west of the I 680 freeway are priority needs for the corridor. The Plan will need to provide recommendations to create an overall safer, comfortable and more attractive environment for bicyclists and pedestrians passing North Main Street, the I 680 on and off ramps, Buskirk Avenue and the BART viaduct. Limited right of way on the over crossing and on Treat Boulevard will need to be considered when developing recommendations. The following photos illustrate some of the deficiencies of the over crossing: North Side of I 680/Treat Boulevard Over Crossing Looking East Toward Contra Costa Centre 3

4 South Side of I 680/Treat Boulevard Over Crossing Looking South East Toward Contra Costa Centre Southbound I 680 On Ramp from Treat Boulevard Looking East Toward Contra Costa Centre 4

5 Northbound I 680 Off Ramp (Truck on Left)/Treat Boulevard Looking West Toward Walnut Creek Geary Road/North Main Street Intersection: This intersectionexperiences high traffic volumes during the morning and evening peak commute periods. The existing Class 2 bike lane on Geary Road ends at the North Main Street intersection and as a result, crossing the intersection in the eastbound direction can be a challenge for bicyclists. Additionally, near the south side of this intersection, there is an on ramp to I 680 southbound but the lack of sidewalk makes it difficult for pedestrians to cross. Improvements to this intersection are priority needs for the corridor to enhance safety and the overall user experience of the non motorized environment. 5

6 Corner of North Main Street/Treat Boulevard Looking East Toward Contra Costa Centre (Notice Sidewalk Approaching Southside of Over Crossing Does Not Exist) Southbound I 680 On Ramp, Treat Boulevard Looking East Toward Contra Costa Centre 6

7 North Main Street/Geary Road/Treat Boulevard Intersection west of I 680 Treat Boulevard/ Iron Horse Trail: This area is directly adjacent to the Pleasant Hill/Contra Costa Centre BART Station. While most of the area is built out and provides adequate bicycle and pedestrian facilities, the Plan will need to ensure there is continuity between the improvements recommended for the preceding focus areas, and this section of the corridor which includes the recently constructed pedestrian over crossing for the Iron Horse Trail (Treat Boulevard/Jones Road). 7

8 DRAFT Scope of Services Task 1: Project Initiation and Collection of Background Data Task 1.1: Review Scope, Schedule and Budget and Initiate Project Task 1.2: Review Available Data/Mapping/Analysis Task 1.3: Prepare Base Maps Contra Costa County Task 2: Walking and/or Bicycling Tour and Documentation of Existing Conditions Task 2.1: Briefing and Walking/Bicycling Site Reconnaissance Task 2.2: Study Area Analysis Task 2.2.1: Transportation Analysis Task 2.2.2: Land Use and Urban Design Analysis Task 2.2.3: User Analysis Task 2.3 Draft Memorandum on Existing Conditions Task 3: Prepare Preliminary Transportation and Streetscape Improvements Task 3.1: Prepare Alternative Improvements Plans Task 3.2: TAC Meeting #1 Task 3.3: Refine Alternative Improvements Plans Task 3.4: Community Workshop #1 Task 4: Prepare Feasibility Study and Improvements Evaluation Task 4.1: Develop Feasibility Study/Evaluation Criteria Task 4.2: Prepare Feasibility Study/Evaluation Task 4.3: TAC Meeting #2 Task 5: Prepare Draft Plan Task 5.1: Prepare Draft I 680/Treat Boulevard Over Crossing Pedestrian and Bicycle Improvement Plan Task 5.2: Develop Final Construction and Maintenance Cost Estimates Task 6: Public Review of Draft Plan Task 6.1: Public Posting of Plan Materials Task 6.2: Community Workshop #2 Task 7: Prepare Final I 680/Treat Boulevard Over Crossing Pedestrian and Bicycle Improvement Plan Task 7.1: Prepare Final Draft I 680/Treat Boulevard Over Crossing Pedestrian and Bicycle Improvement Plan Task 7.2: Final Client Review Task 7.3: Prepare Final Plan Document Task 7.4: Final Presentation Materials 8

9 Submission and Selection Process Interested consultants or teams are to submit responses in Acrobat format (*.pdf) to Jamar Stamps: with a copy to Marjorie Koll: Proposals Due: 12 Noon (PDT) on December 2, 2013 Submittals will not be accepted after that time. Minimum Submittal Requirements 1. A brief narrative describing the respondent s understanding of the project s central issues, needs and goals; 2. Discussion of the overall approach the firm with take to achieve study goals; 3. Brief discussion of how each task will be performed (proposers are free to suggest a different approach to the tasks, or a different sequence of tasks than was described earlier in this RFP, along with a brief explanation of why the different approach is being suggested); 4. Task by task budget including hours for each staff person. If the firm is selected, the final budget will require the hourly rates and total cost for each team member; 5. A brief description of the firm(s) that constitute the team; 6. A brief description of the qualifications of team members who would be performing the work, their roles, their relevant experience and resumes (The relevant qualifications of team members that will be doing the bulk of the work should be highlighted and comprise the majority of the proposal. Principals of the involved firms may be listed but information that is provided should be reflective of their anticipated level of involvement in the project); 7. The name and contact information for all team members, highlight the local point of contact for the team; 8. Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) status, including name of certifying agency and contact person; and 9. Three references from projects similar to the subject study that involved the proposed team members. Other Restrictions/Requirements 1. The statements must be 10 pages maximum excluding cover sheet, table of contents, references, resumes and index sheets. Resumes included with the submittal shall not exceed one single sided printed page per person listed in the table of organization. 2. Questions and communication regarding the project described in this RFQ shall be directed solely to Jamar Stamps via only: 3. Questions on this request will only be accepted until 12:00 Noon (PDT) 11/25/ Responses to questions will only be posted on the RFP/RFQ webpage: 5. Consultants must be prepared to initiate work immediately upon either award of contract or receipt of notice to proceed. 9

10 Selection Criteria Responses will be scored soon after the close of the response period by representatives from involved jurisdictions and departments. Responses will be evaluated according to the following criteria: 1. How well the response demonstrates an understanding of the project and responsiveness to the content in the RFP. (10 points maximum) 2. Consultants proposed approach to the study. The Scope of Services is a draft, alternate approaches that are efficient with resources are welcome. (20 points maximum) 3. Relevant experience of the key individuals who will work on the project. (10 points maximum) 4. References and performance on similar projects where proposed team members had a substantial role. (10 points maximum) Interviews with proposing firms are an optional part of this selection process and will be conducted at the discretion of the selection team once the proposals are reviewed and scored. A consultant or team will be contacted shortly after the scoring and offered the contract. 10

11 Contra Costa County Project Area The project area is depicted below. Consultants are encouraged to visit the project site on their own time. 11

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