The Sacramento Area Council of Governments (SACOG) is a voluntary association of governments. Member jurisdictions include: the County of Sacramento (including the cities of Citrus Heights, Elk Grove, Folsom, Galt, Isleton, Rancho Cordova and Sacramento); the County of Yolo (including the cities of Davis, West Sacramento, Winters, and Woodland); the County of Sutter (including the cities of Live Oak and Yuba City); the County of Yuba (including the cities of Marysville and Wheatland); Placer County (including the cities of Auburn, Colfax, Lincoln, Rocklin, Roseville and Town of Loomis) and El Dorado County (including the City of Placerville).
SACOG is the state-designated Regional Transportation Planning Agency (RTPA) for the four counties of Sacramento, Yolo, Sutter and Yuba. SACOG is also the federally designated Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) for the Sacramento, Davis, and Marysville/Yuba City urbanized areas. SACOG is responsible for the region’s Long-Range Transportation Plan, known as the Metropolitan Transportation Plan/ Sustainable Communities Strategy (MTP/SCS), for the six-county region, including El Dorado and Placer counties.
Through individual contacts and a Transit Coordinating Committee that meets bimonthly, SACOG regularly coordinates with the 13 public transit operators in the SACOG region: El Dorado Transit, Elk Grove Transit (e-tran), Folsom Stage Line, Paratransit, Inc., Sacramento Regional Transit District (SacRT), SCT/LINK, Auburn Transit, Placer County Transit, Roseville Transit, Davis Community Transit, Unitrans, Yolo County Transportation District (YCTD), and Yuba-Sutter Transit. Only SacRT operates light rail and bus service. All the others offer only fixed route bus and/or Dial-a-Ride/paratransit services.
A vital and robust transit system is a key foundation to realizing the performance outcomes of the region’s adopted 2020 Metropolitan Transportation Plan/Sustainable Communities Strategy (MTP/SCS). Increases in transit services and the associated trips generated are needed to help the region meet its 19 percent state greenhouse gas (GHG) reduction target by 2035.
At the same time performance targets are increasing, most of the region’s transit agencies are experiencing declining ridership and not contemplating significant service expansions. Volatile funding sources, disruptive technologies, and costs increasing while productivity lags, are among the challenges to realizing the MTP/SCS vision of a vital and robust transit system.
SACOG sees value in hiring a well-qualified consultant/team to collaborate with the board and stakeholders to assess opportunities and challenges that result in strategies to implement the next generation of transit and related mobility services for the region. The project work will be guided by a Policy Advisory Committee (PAC) of business and economic development leaders and a Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) with a broader range of stakeholders, including transit service providers and experts for specific topic areas.
Through this Request for Qualififaction (RFQ), SACOG is seeking a consultant/team to analyze and recommend strategies for developing a more robust public transportation and mobility system in the SACOG region, given changes in service demand, financial challenges, and advances in technology.
The contract for the Next Generation Transit Strategy will be an agreement between SACOG and the consultant, with funding and contract administration to be provided by SACOG. The consultant will invoice SACOG for services rendered and SACOG will compensate the consultant for these services as set forth in the agreement.
Based on the transit challenges that are specific and unique to our six-county region, we are seeking a consultant team that can help us articulate a vision for next generation transit and a road-map to help us get there.
Request for Qualifications
SACOG has chosen to release this RFQ rather than a Request for Proposals (RFP) because of an interest in an iterative process to develop the final project scope. We are seeking a consultant or consultant team with extensive knowledge and experience in analyzing a broad range of transit topics, who can work with us to refine a scope to provide a strong vision and set of strategies for the region within the project budget.
MINIMUM CONSULTANT QUALIFICATIONS
SACOG seeks a creative, thoughtful, innovative consultant or consultant team that includes key staff who are committed to the project and can demonstrate substantial skills, knowledge, and experience in a broad range of transit topic areas, including; but not limited to:
• Analyzing transit financial and productivity data
• Working on integrated service design concepts at a regional scale
• Developing strategies for effective and innovative public transportation services, including partnerships with emerging shared mobility providers
• Developing transit strategies for new and emerging technologies (eg. Zero-Emission Vehicles, autonomous vehicles)
• Developing strategies for integrated fare payment
• Assessing transit governance, fiscal, and operating models, especially as they relate to California
An estimated budget or "not to exceed" amount of $430,000 has been declared for this project. Proposals will be evaluated based upon best value, per our Evaluation Criteria.