Curb Management Plan for Downtown Buffalo and Preliminary Design of a Flexible Smart Street Corridor

Agency: City of Buffalo
State: New York
Type of Government: State & Local
NAICS Category:
  • 236220 - Commercial and Institutional Building Construction
  • 237310 - Highway, Street, and Bridge Construction
  • 541330 - Engineering Services
  • 541611 - Administrative Management and General Management Consulting Services
  • 541690 - Other Scientific and Technical Consulting Services
Posted Date: Nov 12, 2021
Due Date: Dec 1, 2021
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Bid Title: Curb Management Plan for Downtown Buffalo and Preliminary Design of a Flexible Smart Street Corridor
Category: Office of Strategic Planning
Status: Open

Publication Date/Time:
10/22/2021 8:30 AM
Closing Date/Time:
12/1/2021 4:00 PM
Submittal Information:
Please note that the submittal deadline has been extended to December 1st, 2021, 4:00pm.
Contact Person:
All questions or inquiries regarding the RFP must be submitted in writing to Nkosi Alleyne at nalleyne@buffalony.gov.
Miscellaneous:
Submissions must be addressed to the contact information below and must be received via email by 4:00 P.M., Friday, November 26th , 2021.

Crystal Middleton
Director of Planning and Zoning
Mayor's Office of Strategic Planning
920 City Hall
65 Niagara Square
Buffalo, New York 14202
cmiddleton@buffalony.gov

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CITY OF BUFFALO
NEW YORK
OFFICE OF STRATEGIC PLANNING
920 CITY HALL
65 NIAGARA SQUARE
BUFFALO, NY 14202
PHONE (716) 851-5029, FAX (716) 851-4385
REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS
No. 2021 1CP
CURB MANAGEMENT PLAN FOR DOWNTOWN BUFFALO AND
PRELIMINARY DESIGN OF A FLEXIBLE SMART STREET CORRIDOR
ISSUE DATE: OCTOBER 22nd, 2021
PROPOSAL SUBMISSION DUE DATE:
NOVEMBER 26th, 2021, AT 4:00 PM
OSP Curb Plan RFP 2021-1CP
Issue Date: October 22, 2021
Request for Proposals for Four Year Plan
City of Buffalo, NY
Table of Contents
I. Project Purpose & Scope of Work ............................................................................................ 3
II. Specific Scope ........................................................................................................................... 4
III. Project Timeline ........................................................................................................................ 5
IV. Instructions for Submissions..................................................................................................... 5
V. Submission Requirements ........................................................................................................ 7
A. Approach to Project ............................................................................................................. 7
B. Experience on Similar Projects............................................................................................. 7
C. Fee Proposal......................................................................................................................... 7
VI. Contracting with Minority and Women Business Enterprises.................................................. 7
VII. Insurance Requirements........................................................................................................... 8
VIII. Reservations ............................................................................................................................. 9
IX. General Requirements.............................................................................................................. 9
APPLICATION FOR CONTRACT WITH THE CITY OF BUFFALO ....................................................... 16
FORM 2A OFFERORS AFFIRMATIVE ACTION STATEMENT ................................................. 19
OSP Curb Plan RFP 2021-1CP
Issue Date: October 22, 2021
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Request for Proposals for Four Year Plan
City of Buffalo, NY
I. Project Purpose & Scope of Work
Building off the work of the Future of Mobility Report, which established a framework to build an
equitable downtown by merging land use and mobility, the City of Buffalo is looking for a consultant team
to develop a draft curb management plan and a preliminary design for a flexible smart street. The primary
contacts from the City of Buffalo that the consultant will communicate with include representatives from
the Office of Strategic Planning, the Department of Public Works, the Department of Permits and
Inspections, Buffalo Sewer Authority, Buffalo Water, Buffalo Urban Development Corporation, and the
Department of Diversity and Inclusion. Other departments internal to the City may be included as the
project progresses.
Curb Management
Regulatory standards need to be put in place to address how curbs and public right-of-way spaces can be
allocated to accommodate multiple users. The curb area can be a valuable asset and contribute to the
goal of an equitable downtown when it balances the needs of multiple modes of transportation and other
uses.
The curb management plan shall include at minimum:
Inventory of downtown Buffalo curbs to document how the curb is currently used and regulated;
A draft curb management policy which will include: Appropriate street use, Equitable user priority
(allocating curb for pick-ups, drop-offs, etc. in an equitable manner), Accessibility needs
(accommodating the needs of the accessibility community in the policies), Effectiveness, Value,
Efficiency, Safety, Reduction in single occupancy vehicle parking use (encourage off street pick-
ups and drop-offs, loading and parking activity whenever reasonable and practicable)
Evaluation metrics for the implementation of a curbside management policy: direct curbside
impacts (e.g., loading dwelling time), impacts on transportation ecosystem (collision frequency,
traffic flow, transit and bike ridership, transit travel speed), broader economic and social factors
(sales tax data and number of business), and impacts on operations (changes in parking revenue,
enforcement costs, etc.)
A curb allocation proposal (align curb space to city priorities and communicate change to
stakeholders); price (curb inventory and occupancy data used for price changes to meet goals);
operational changes (changing driver behavior with smart loading zones, ride-hail management,
transit management, and demand -responsive pricing)
The draft Curb Management Policy will allow the City to evaluate the current city curb usage and provide
a path to equitably manage this public resource.
Flexible Smart Street
To reimagine the future of mobility and how the functionality of corridors and public spaces directly affect
users, the City is prioritizing the need to design a flexible smart street. The Consultant Team will propose
and develop the preliminary design.
OSP Curb Plan RFP 2021-1CP
Issue Date: October 22, 2021
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Request for Proposals for Four Year Plan
City of Buffalo, NY
Our next evolution looks to develop a framework to quickly adapt a street based on time of day, season,
special event, and changing conditions. Realizing a new vision and building upon the City’s complete street
program to reduce the reliance on single-occupancy vehicles, increase the safety of walking and biking,
provide opportunities for micro mobility, and enhance connections of opportunities within the region.
The Consultant Team will evaluate up to four streets within downtown Buffalo and recommend the best
corridor to be selected for further design. The City of Buffalo will review the recommendation and
approve the final selection. Design details for the flexible smart street shall be tailored to the selected
street but shall be able to be applicable to other streets. The proposed design shall incorporate smart city
concepts that showcase future-oriented solutions. Concept level cost estimates shall be developed for
proposed design and design details.
The outcome will be a preliminary design for one corridor with information that can be applied to other
streets as appropriate.
II. Specific Scope
Task 1
Community Engagement
The Consultant Team shall prepare a public engagement plan. The minimum public engagement shall
include a stakeholder committee with at least four meetings, bi-weekly client meetings, and a public
engagement process to solicit public input consisting of at least one public meeting. The consultant shall
provide recommendations for appropriate public engagement techniques to ensure public opinion is
incorporated.
Task 2
Data Collection
The Consultant Team shall develop a data plan to identify what information is needed to develop the
curb management policy and preliminary design. This data plan shall be reviewed with the City of
Buffalo to determine what information is currently available and what needs to be collected. The
Consultant shall prepare a report that includes all required data and associated analysis.
Task 3
Draft of Document and Preliminary Design
The Consultant shall provide a draft of the Curb Management Policy incorporating the policies, evaluation
metrics and curb allocation proposal described in Section 1 of this RFP.
The consultant shall also complete a draft of the preliminary design which shall include:
Perform field survey for the selected street, as identified with the City of Buffalo.
Field survey shall include the location and elevation of all features within the public right-of-way
and features/elevations in the immediate vicinity of the right-of-way as necessary to confirm
proper grading and ADA compliance. Base mapping shall be prepared off the field survey. Aerial
imagery may be used to map outside of the survey limit described above but are necessary for
complete development of the project design.
OSP Curb Plan RFP 2021-1CP
Issue Date: October 22, 2021
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Request for Proposals for Four Year Plan
City of Buffalo, NY
Develop plans, rendering, and cost estimates for the approved scoping Phase elements.
Attend and present progress design at up to four (4) stakeholder meetings. Incorporate feedback
into the project plans as directed by the City.
Attend and present the approved Preliminary design at a meeting of the bicycle and pedestrian
advisory board. Incorporate feedback into the project design as directed by the City.
Document the outcome of this phase in a draft letter report to the City for review. The draft letter
report shall document the outcomes of the analysis completed during the Preliminary Design and
the status of funding alternatives.
Task 4
Final Draft
Following City of Buffalo final review of the draft documents and design details, the Consultant Team shall
prepare the final documents.
III.Project Timeline
The Project kick-off is anticipated in January 2022 and shall be completed within nine months.
IV.Instructions for Submissions
Each team or consultant must submit a full response as detailed in Section 5 Submission Requirements.
All submissions must be submitted electronically in an 8 ½”x11” PDF document format. Due to size limits
for emailed documents, files must be under 10 MBs or submitted via a file transfer.
Listed below are anticipated target dates and relevant times by which actions related to this Request for
Proposals will be completed. If there is any change or deviation from this schedule, such change will be
posted on the City’s website.
EVENT
Issuing of Request for Proposals
Written Questions from Consultants due
Responses to Questions sent by email
Proposals Due by 4:00 PM
Negotiations with selected Consultants
Anticipated Contract Start Date
DATE_____________________
October 22nd, 2021
November 5th, 2021
November 12th, 2021
November 26th, 2021
Mid-December
January 5th, 2022
Submissions must be addressed to the contact information below and must be received via email by 4:00
P.M., Friday, November 26th, 2021.
Crystal Middleton
Acting Director of Planning and Zoning
Mayor’s Office of Strategic Planning
920 City Hall
65 Niagara Square
Buffalo, New York 14202
cmiddleton@buffalony.gov
OSP Curb Plan RFP 2021-1CP
Issue Date: October 22, 2021
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