GDOT looking for transit hub developers

The Georgia Department of Transportation has started the process of selecting a master developer for a major transit hub in downtown Atlanta.

The state agency released a request for proposals this week. The agency is hoping proposals will come from major developers who can move forward a long-discussed plan to create a grand central station that will link multiple forms of existing and future transportation networks, including buses and rail.

The station is expected to go somewhere downtown in an area crisscrossed with railroad lines and parking lots, known as the "gulch." A master developer will, in part, pick the best place for the station, as well as determine the station's design, development, construction, financing and property management.

DOT expects it to be one of the largest transit oriented developments in the United States.

“A tremendous amount of work has gone into preparing for the issuance of this RFP,” said DOT Commissioner Vance Smith Jr. “We’ve spent the last year working closely with key partners, and have prepared a great deal of information that will help ensure this project’s success.”

Other major stakeholders in the project include the city of Atlanta, Atlanta Regional Commission, MARTA, the Georgia Regional Transportation Authority and the Atlanta Downtown Improvement District.

A pre-proposal workshop will be held Jan. 5. Initial proposals are due Jan. 10. A shortlist of proposers will be notified Jan. 21. DOT expects to choose a finalist in the spring. The RFP can be accessed online at www.georgiap3.com/mmpt.

The Georgia Department of Transportation has started the process of selecting a master developer for a major transit hub in downtown Atlanta.

The state agency released its request for proposals this week. The agency is hoping proposals will come from major developers who can move forward a long-discussed plan to create a grand central station that will link multiple forms of existing and future transportation networks, including buses and rail.

The station is expected to go somewhere downtown in an area crisscrossed with railroad lines and parking lots, known as the "gulch." A master developer will, in part, pick the best place for the station, as well as determine the station's design, development, construction, financing and property management.

DOT expects it to be one of the largest transit oriented developments in the United States.

“A tremendous amount of work has gone into preparing for the issuance of this RFP,” said DOT Commissioner Vance Smith Jr. “We’ve spent the last year working closely with key partners, and have prepared a great deal of information that will help ensure this project’s success.”

Other major stakeholders in the project include the city of Atlanta, Atlanta Regional Commission, MARTA, the Georgia Regional Transportation Authority and the Atlanta Downtown Improvement District.

A pre-proposal workshop will be held Jan. 5. Initial proposals are due Jan. 10. A shortlist of proposers will be notified Jan. 21. DOT expects to choose a finalist in the spring. The RFP can be accessed online at www.georgiap3.com/mmpt.

12.02.10 Press release on the gulch.

ATLANTA – The Georgia Department of Transportation today released a Request for Proposals

(RFP) for a master developer for the Multi-Modal Passenger Terminal (MMPT) in downtown Atlanta.

The Department seeks to secure a private sector partner that will assist in planning, development, design,

construction, financing and property management of the MMPT.

The Atlanta MMPT will serve as the hub for existing and proposed transportation networks

serving metro-Atlanta and beyond, including MARTA rail and bus systems, regional express bus

systems and the Georgia railroad network. It may also accommodate future transportation, including

high speed rail, light rail and streetcar services. In addition to its transportation functions, the MMPT

will serve as a catalyst for one of the largest Transit Oriented Development (TOD) projects in the US.

“A tremendous amount of work has gone into preparing for the issuance of this RFP,” said

Georgia DOT Commissioner Vance Smith, Jr. “We’ve spent the last year working closely with key

partners, and have prepared a great deal of information that will help ensure this project’s success.”

Earlier this year, the Department signed a Memorandum of Agreement with a group of partners

actively engaged in moving the project forward. That group includes the City of Atlanta, Atlanta

Regional Commission (ARC), Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority (MARTA), the Georgia

Regional Transportation Authority (GRTA) A Memorandum of Understanding was signed with Atlanta

Downtown Improvement District (ADID), as well.

The work conducted over the past year has yielded extensive documentation designed to help

prospective bidders understand the project and deliver proposals that effectively meet Georgia’s needs.

Further, the Department recently spent three days conducting one-on-one meetings with prospective

bidders during which technical, financial and legal issues were openly discussed.

Commissioner Smith added, “This project will be delivered through Georgia DOT’s Public

Private Partnership program, and we’ve taken a very deliberate approach in understanding and engaging

the private sector. That includes examinations of comparable projects around the country and active

engagement with prospective companies that can help make the Atlanta MMPT a reality.”

The procurement schedule for the MMPT calls for a pre-proposal Workshop which will be held

on January 5 at GDOT offices. Initial RFP responses are to be received by the Department on January

10, 2011 and shortlisted proposers will be notified January 21, 2011.

The RFP and all supporting documentation are available on the Georgia procurement registry at

Georgia procurement registry at http://ssl.doas.state.ga.us/PRSapp/PR_index.jsp and at

www.georgiap3.com/mmpt, which also includes information on Georgia’s Public Private Partnership

program.