RFP: West Michigan Regional Transit Systems Governance and Organizational Transition Study

Location: Muskegon, Mich.

Deadline: March 19, 5:00 p.m., local time

The Muskegon County Board of Commissioners and the Harbor Transit Multi-Model Transit System (Harbor Transit) Board in northern Ottawa County desires to conduct a planning, collaboration, and consensus-building effort to determine if public transportation services in the Muskegon Urbanized Area and throughout Muskegon County and well as the Harbor Transit service area in northern Ottawa County can be better delivered through a different organizational or governance structure than what is currently operating in the two areas. The study will analyze each organization individually, possible cooperative opportunities, and potential consolidation of the two transit systems. This project will result in better communication, coordination, and decision-making by local governments in the region as it relates to public transportation services and mobility.

This project is expected to be led by the West Michigan Shoreline Regional Development Commission (WMSRDC), which serves as the Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) for the study area, and will include internal staff and corporate counsel efforts, as well as facilitation and planning services to be sought from a third party vendor. The vendor may be a transit industry planning firm or a Michigan-knowledgeable community collaboration organization. The WMSRDC staff will be integrally involved in convening partners to the discussion and work closely with the Muskegon Area Transit System (MATS) and Harbor Transit.

It is anticipated that the result of this effort will be a brief report and a series of draft agreements for local partners to consider at their individual boards. The resultant change will permit a more effectively designed, funded, and determined public transit program in the region. This project will lead the community toward a more effective and efficient public transit service with the potential to support economic vitality, increase mobility, and improve connectivity in the region.

Please send sealed proposals to: Ms. Erin Kuhn, Executive Director West Michigan Shoreline Regional Development Commission (WMSRDC) 316 Morris Avenue, Suite 340 Muskegon, MI 49440 E-Mail: ekuhn@wmsrdc.org.

Sealed proposals will be received until 5:00 p.m., local time, on March 19, 2021.

Interested parties must use the proposal form provided in the procurement package which can be found at the following link: https://wmsrdc.org/request-for-proposals-for-the-west-michigan-regional-transit-systems-governance-and-organizational-transition-study/.

WMSRDC reserves the right to reject any or all proposals for sound documented business reasons, waive any defects or irregularities, and to accept the proposal which is most advantageous to regional transit agencies.

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