Ferry Business Case RFP

The Northern Virginia Regional Commission (NVRC) is soliciting proposals from qualified transportation firms having experience with ferry transport and operations, including business case analysis, to develop a business case that will serve as the foundation for private investment in a fast ferry passenger transit service that would be designed to serve commuters and tourists, and that may eventually also provide freight options to the waterfront communities along the Anacostia, Potomac, and Occoquan Rivers.  It is envisioned that the business case also may help justify the further investment of public funds in the project.  Origin and destination locations would be in Northern Virginia, Maryland, and the District of Columbia.  For this project, the NVRC is working in conjunction with impacted stakeholders in Virginia, Maryland, and the District of Columbia.

This solicitation addresses a first phase of work and comprises three initial tasks of a larger effort. This first phase will involve converting prior study findings into a service plan, financial model, and governance model. NVRC is allocating approximately $200,000 for this phase of the work.

Inquiries concerning the Request for Proposals, or the proposed engagement must be made in writing and received at info@novaregion.org  by 5:00 PM on October 27, 2021.

To be considered, an electronic copy of the proposal must be received by info@novaregion.org by 5:00 PM on November 15, 2021.  Pages should be numbered, and each section should be clearly marked.  Offerors should include “RFP for Ferry Commuter Consultant” in the subject line. 

The time stamp of the email transmittal will serve as the official source of time. Proposals received after the date and time prescribed shall not be considered.

The RFP can be downloaded here


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