RFP for Emergency Management Plan Template (EMPT) for Michigan Rural Public Transit Agencies

Organization: Michigan Department of Transportation

Location: Michigan DOT

Deadline: September 27, 2021 at noon (EDT)

Description: MDOT OPT is responsible for administering state and federal funding for public transit. Public transit in the state of Michigan involves the conveyance of people from one destination to another on a publicly controlled, shared-use motor vehicle. Michigan public transit spans all 83 Michigan counties and includes 60 rural agencies that provide daily access to education, employment, medical care, shopping, and many other places people need and want to access to live independently. This project will include assessing and evaluating rural transit planning activities specific to emergency preparedness and emergency response scenarios, working with rural transit systems to define an emergency management plan vision with goals and objectives, identifying current and future trends that will guide/impact emergency responses, completing peer research and comparisons, creating a consistent baseline for reacting in emergency situations through peer research/comparison and trend identification, and producing both a draft and final version of an Emergency Management Plan template (EMPT) for Michigan rural public transit agencies (TAs). This RFP is intended for assessment of Michigan’s rural Section 5311 subrecipient agencies, but the vendor may include a la carte pricing for opportunities to also work with urban agencies, Section 5310, or Specialized Services recipients. The expected budget for the project is not to exceed $200,000 (excluding a la carte pricing for individual agencies), which will be contracted in a single contract for a period of twelve to eighteen months but may have multiple phases. One six-month extension may be provided for completion of the scope. 

Goal: The goal of this project is to produce a vulnerability assessment outlining rural transit agencies’ current state, risks, areas of exposure, strengths, and a list of urgent mitigation steps that should be taken immediately. The assessment should also include the likelihood of various emergencies or situations, and areas where the transit agencies may require assistance to prepare for either. The primary deliverable will be an EMPT for TAs that identifies potential emergency situations and appropriate responses. The plan will include transit agency specific strategies to ensure continued service during and after an emergency, including, but not limited to a pandemic, severe weather (wind, snow, smoke, rain), fire, flooding, earthquake, outbreak of a contagious pathogen, and hazardous spills (including review of transit agency’s Hazard Mitigation Plan), and responses for local, regional, or statewide project collaboration/implementation. 

The full RFP and application procedure can be found here. 


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The Community Transportation Association of America (CTAA) and its members believe that mobility is a basic human right. From work and education to life-sustaining health care and human services programs to shopping and visiting with family and friends, mobility directly impacts quality of life.