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Maintenance and Operations RFP 2016
Request for Proposals

Addendum #1 (May 9, 2016)

Addendum #2 - RFP Schedule (May 12, 2016)

Addendum #3 - Changes and Questions and Answers (June 3, 2016)

Pre-Proposal Meeting Minutes (May 9, 2016)
Pre-Proposal Attendance List (May 9, 2016)


Maintenance and Operations RFP

Master Agreement

The Lewiston-Auburn Transit Committee (LATC) is issuing this Request for Proposals (RFP) to firms that provide public transit services known to operate in Maine. However, any and all firms specializing in operation of public transit services are invited to submit a proposal. LATC is seeking to select a firm to operate citylink, a general public fixed route service and its ADA complementary paratransit service that includes operations, vehicle maintenance, and customer service functions. LATC is a federally funded operator. The selected Contractor is required to meet all Federal, State and local operations, maintenance and administrative reporting requirements.

LATC is in its final year of a three year contract with Western Maine Transportation Services, Inc., Auburn, Maine, to operate citylink and ADA complementary paratransit services. LATC intends to enter into a new agreement with the successful Proposer for a term of three (3) years with two (2) additional one-year terms.

The primary objectives of the contract operation are 1) to provide safe, efficient, and effective transit service for fixed route and ADA Complementary Paratransit service within the revenue service hours allotted, 2) provide state of the art maintenance of LATC’s fleet of 15 buses, 3) provide professional and friendly customer and administrative support services and, 4) provide a professional and friendly ride experience for each passenger. Based on the selected proposal, LATC intends to negotiate the most favorable combination of outcomes to meet the above objectives.

 Event  Date
 RFP Released  April 13, 2016
 Pre-Proposal Fleet Inspection   May 7, 2016, 7:00-8:30 AM
 Pre-Proposal Meeting  May 9, 2016, 9:00 AM
 Deadline for Receipt of Written Questions
and Requests
 May 18, 2016, 4:00 PM
 LATC Responses and/or Addenda Issued By  May 25, 2016
 Technical and Price Proposals Due  June 15, 2016, 2:00 PM
 Interview Firms (TBD by LATC)  June 22-24, 2016
 Contract Award   July 2016
 Service Contract Begins   October 1, 2016




The Lewiston-Auburn Transit Committee (LATC), owners of citylink, Lewiston and Auburn’s fixed route public transit system, Lewiston-Auburn, Maine, is soliciting proposals from qualified transit firms to provide operations and maintenance for fixed route and ADA complementary paratransit services.

LATC owns 15 buses, of which 7 buses are operated daily serving 9 routes.  LATC’s fixed route operates Monday-Friday, 6:00 am to 6:45 pm, and on Saturday from 9:15 am to 5:15 pm.  This is for a 3-year contract with 2 additional option years effective October 1, 2016.

Proposals shall be accepted at the AVCOG offices no later than 2:00 p.m. EST on Wednesday, June 15, 2016.  Proposals received after this deadline will be returned unopened.

Information, including a general project description and submission requirements for this RFP can be found at www.purplebus.org, or you can contact Marsha Bennett at AVCOG/LATC at 125 Manley Road, Auburn, Maine 04210, (207) 783-9186, or email at .

Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, or national origin in programs and activities receiving Federal financial assistance. Specifically, Title VI provides that "no person in the United States shall, on the ground of race, color, or national origin, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance" (42 U.S.C. Section 2000d).

LATC is committed to ensuring that no person is excluded from participation in, or denied the benefits of its transit services on the basis of race, color, or national origin, as protected by Title VI in Federal Transit Administration (FTA) Circular 4702.1.A.

Any person who believes he or she has been denied benefits or excluded from participation in LATC services on the basis of race, color, or national origin (including Limited English Proficiency) may file a complaint pursuant to Title VI and/or related statutes.  Procedures on filing a Title VI Complaint can be accessed LATC’s website at: www.purplebus.org or by calling (207) 783-9186.