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Procurement Category
Business Services
Estimated Value
$2 million-$5 million
Competition Type
Full and Open
RFP Quarter
4th QTR
RFP Fiscal Year
541 611
Sequence Number

The Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century (MAP-21) stipulates that the Secretary of Transportation must make a number of determinations before a grant or loan can be made for the construction of any project seeking Section 5309 New Starts funds. These determinations require that the planning process generate credible information on project costs, ridership, financing, and environmental impacts. 49 U.S.C. Chapter 53 Section 5309 contains criteria for determining whether New Start projects are eligible for funding. The Office of Planning and Environment (TPE) assesses New Starts projects to verify that requirements for eligibility for New Starts funding have been met. TPE assesses individual projects to insure that: a) the project meets the New Starts project justification criteria; b) the project is supported by an acceptable degree of local financial commitment, including evidence of stable and dependable funding sources to construct, maintain, and operate the current system and proposed new service; and, c) that any proposed project considered for Section 5309 New Starts funds has meet all requirements for National Environmental Protection Act (NEPA) processes and environmental documentation and that impacts are properly assessed, documented, and mitigated. FTA uses this information to recommend Section 5309 New Starts funds for the projects with the greatest merit. The purpose of this procurement is to obtain contractor support to conduct detailed Financial Capacity Assessments (FCAs) and Financial Assessments (FA) for projects seeking Section 5309 New Starts and Small Starts funds. FCAs and FAs entail a review of the financial condition and capacity of the sponsoring agency considering a New Starts investment, and the level and stability of local financial commitment towards the project. The FCA and FA also considers the grantee’s system-wide financial capacity, assessing future operations and infrastructure maintenance needs, as well as requirements to replace capital assets on a regular basis. For all tasks, the contractor shall assist FTA in providing transit finance technical assistance to the project sponsor with regards to identified deficiencies and provide the associated procedural guidance.

Contact Name
Alexander Miller
(202) 366-5217
Is this a follow-on to a current 8(a) contract?
Is this funded through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act?
Title V, of Public Law 100-656 requires that Federal agencies make available its Procurement Forecast to the Small Business Administration (SBA) and to interested business owners. The forecast listing is not intended to be all-inclusive. The Forecast is one of many tools available to small businesses. All projected procurements are subject to revision or cancellation. Final decisions on the extent of competition, small business participation, estimated value, or any aspect of the procurement action will not be made until each procurement is initiated. The forecast data is for planning purposes, does not represent a pre-solicitation synopsis, does not constitute an invitation for bid or request for proposal, and is not a commitment by the government to purchase the desired products and services. Actual solicitation notices will be posted on FedBizOpps as prescribed by the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR).
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