REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS (RFP)
Qualification Based Selection
City of Rochester, Minnesota
Downtown Rochester Rapid Transit (BRT)
A&E Design Services
PROPOSALS ARE DUE BY
2 P.M. January 13, 2020
A “Qualification Based Selection” method will be used to review proposals submitted in response to this RFP.
Responses to this RFP will be public information under the Minnesota Data Practices Act, Minnesota Statutes Chapter 13.
This project will complete environmental reports, preliminary through final design, and construction design support for the
Downtown Rochester Rapid Transit project, resulting in NEPA clearance and a complete set of biddable construction plans.
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REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS
In this Request for Proposals (RFP), the City of Rochester, Minnesota (City) is soliciting proposals for the following services:
Architectural and Engineering Design Services for the Downtown Rochester Circulator Rapid Transit (RT) Line. The Rapid
Transit line is a 4 mile planned Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) line between the existing Mayo West Parking Lot to and through
Downtown and onto property owned by Olmsted County South of 12th Street.
The specific services requested in this RFP are detailed in the Proposal Instructions and Scope of Work.
Failure to follow these instructions and requirements may result in the rejection or a decreased rating of your proposal. The City
is not responsible for any costs incurred by prospective proposers (Proposers) in the preparation and presentation of their
The City reserves the right to cancel this RFP in writing or postpone the date and time for submitting proposals at any time
prior to the proposal due date. No Proposer shall have a right to make a claim against the City in the event the City accepts a
proposal or does not accept any or all proposals. The City by this RFP does not promise to accept the lowest cost or any other
proposal and specifically reserves the right to reject any or all proposals, to waive any or all informalities or irregularities in the
proposals received, to investigate the qualifications and experience of any Proposer, to reject any provisions in any proposal, to
modify RFP contents, to obtain new proposals, to negotiate the requested services and contract terms with any Proposer, or to
proceed to do the work otherwise.
PROJECT TIME FRAME
Responses to Questions Posted Online
Proposal Due Date
In-Person Interviews (If required)
Tentative Completion Date
December 3, 2019
December 19, 2019 at 9:00AM
December 20, 2019 at 2:00PM
By January 3, 2020
January 13, 2020 at 2:00PM
January 21, 2020
A pre-proposal meeting will be held on Thursday, December 19, 2019 at 2:00PM, at the City Hall located at 201 4th Street SE;
Rochester, Minnesota 55904. Meet in Conference Room 104.
Completion dates for the project milestones in this section are tentative only and are subject to modification by the City.
PROJECT SPECIFIC INFORMATION
The Downtown Rochester Circulator Rapid Transit (RT) Line is an approximately four-mile Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) route
that will run from the Mayo Clinic West Parking Lot to downtown Rochester via 2nd Street SW. The Rapid Transit service
will make stops at a limited number of stations, yet to be defined, serving major destinations such as St. Marys Hospital and the
Mayo Medical Clinic, as well as other locations. Heading south from the Central Business District the Rapid Transit System is
planned to operate along South Broadway Avenue, where among other key destinations it will serve the future University of
Minnesota-Rochester campus. The southern/eastern terminus will be located just south of 12th Street SE in the northern portion
of property currently owned by Olmsted County, Minnesota on or near an existing park-and-ride lot. The alignment and
terminus options are shown in Figure 1 on the following page.
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Locally Preferred Alternative and Project Corridor
East Transit Village
PLANNING AND PROCESS
A number of plans and studies completed over the past ten years set the stage for development of a high frequency, high quality
transit service that would serve circulation needs in downtown Rochester. The transit service will provide new options for
providing Park Once service targeting downtown employees with parking options outside of the core area of the Rochester
Central Business District and St Mary’s Hospital Campus area. A summary of the key documents follows.
Downtown Master Plan . The Rochester Downtown Master Plan was adopted in 2010. The Downtown Master Plan highlights
2nd Street SW and Broadway Avenue S as the two future primary transit corridors in downtown. The plan calls for high-quality
transit amenities along these streets with signage and marketing materials that make them identifiable as the primary transit
corridors. The plan proposes expanding remote parking and providing connections into downtown with frequent, high-quality
Destination Medical Center (DMC) Development Plan . The DMC Development Plan, adopted in late 2014, identifies the need
for enhanced transit service in downtown Rochester and developed a set of concepts known as the Downtown Circulator
Project. The Plan outlines an East-West Circulator that would operate on 2nd Street SW and 3rd Ave SE as the initial phase of a
Downtown Circulator Project, and a 2nd phase involving a North-South Circulator that would operate on 1st and 3rd Avenues
The Rochester-Olmsted Council of Governments (ROCOG) 2040 Long-Range Transportation Plan . The ROCOG 2040 Long-
Range Transportation Plan is the recognized MPO plan for the Rochester area and was reaffirmed by ROCOG in August 2015,
identifies the need for upgraded transit service along the 2nd Street SW corridor. ROCOG is currently in the process of creating
the 2045 Long-Range Transportation Plan, which will incorporate the locally-preferred alternative.
Rochester Transit Development Plan . The Rochester Transit Development Plan (TDP), adopted in 2017, identifies Broadway
Avenue, 2nd Street SW, 2 Ave SE, and 11th Avenue as corridors for future investment in BRT. The TDP prioritizes the
addition of BRT in the 2nd Street corridor and lays out an implementation plan that anticipates the start of service in 2021.
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Rochester 2040 Comprehensive Plan: Planning 2 Succeed . The Rochester 2040 Comprehensive Plan, adopted by the City
Council in April 2018, identifies a Primary Transit Network that will serve as the backbone of the future urban transit network,
organized around seven corridors, including 2nd Street SW and Broadway Avenue S. Though the plan does not explicitly call
for the implementation of BRT or streetcar in these areas, it recognizes the importance of transit with the frequency, reliability,
and visible permanence intrinsic to these modes and the capital investment needed for their implementation.
Integrated Transit Studies . The Integrated Transit Studies (ITS) Report, approved by the City Council of Rochester and the
DMC Corporation in June 2018, further explores the downtown circulator concept and identifies two complementary routes for
circulator service in downtown Rochester.
Downtown Transit Circulator Alternatives Evaluation Report . The Downtown Transit Circulator Alternatives Evaluation
Report, completed in August 2019, assessed four potential alternatives for a transitway investment serving downtown
Rochester, the DMC Development District, University of Minnesota-Rochester, and other nearby destinations. The four
alternatives evaluated were BRT on 2nd Street West and Broadway Avenue South, modern streetcar on 2nd Street SW and
Broadway Avenue S, BRT on 2nd Street SW and 3rd Avenue S, and modern streetcar on 2nd Street SW and 3rd Avenue S.
Each of the four alternatives has its western terminus at the Mayo West lot. Two locations for the southeastern terminus were
considered: the former Seneca Foods site and Graham Park, both of which are owned by Olmsted County. As a result of the
Alternatives Evaluation Report the Rochester City Council and DMC Corporation Board endorsed the alternative of 2nd ST SW
and Broadway Avenue S utilizing BRT service as the Locally Preferred Alternative (LPA) for the Downtown Rapid Transit
FTA Small Starts Program . The Rochester Downtown Circulator RT project has proceeded with submittal of an Entry Letter
requesting admission into the FTA Small Starts program to allow entry into the Project Development/Engineering phase for the
Locally Preferred Alternative as early as January of 2020.
The proposed 4-mile RT project extends along 2nd Street SW and Broadway Avenue South, connecting the existing Mayo West
Parking Lot near Cascade Lake to the property owned by Olmsted County south of 12th Street near an existing park-and-ride
facility in Graham Park. The Circulator RT will serve up to eleven at-grade stations. Both the guideway and stations will be
primarily in existing transportation right-of-way. No new right-of-way is expected to establish the line.
The west end of the line, currently utilized by Mayo for parking of employees, will be further developed into the West Transit
Village. The Village will include a new parking structure for Mayo employees, a separate parking facility for public parking
and under the current plan, the transit village will have 800 households and 58,000 square feet of retail, commercial, or office
In close proximity of Broadway Avenue sits Mayo’s Fullerton Parking Lot and a former K-MART property that is being
redeveloped on an interim basis to also service Mayo Medical Center parking needs. Both of which could be turned into
mixed-use transit villages themselves. At the very least, Mayo Clinic’s authority over its employees’ parking commutes will
mean all parking capacity at the new West Lot facility and the existing Fullerton and K-MART lots is expected to be fully
utilized opening year of RT service.
On the East end of the RT line located on the Olmsted County property is the future East Transit Village. Similar to the West
Transit Village, the East Village will be composed of a 1,000 space public parking facility accompanied by a mix of residential
and commercial uses. The East Transit Village also sits on and is next to Olmsted County’s Graham Park a nearly 60-acre
public park that serves as the home of the County Fair every July as well as other community events throughout the year.
Graham Park is also the home to Graham Arena Complex which is managed by the Rochester Park & Recreation Department.
The complex consists of four large arenas and over 100,000 square feet of year round usable space.
The Circulator RT is anticipated to operate in mixed traffic on 2nd Street SW from the Mayo West Lot terminus to the 23rd
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Avenue station, where it is planned to transition into side-running business access and transit (BAT) lanes. The circulator is
expected to continue operating in BAT lanes along 2nd Street SW through downtown Rochester until it reaches Broadway
Avenue S, where it will turn south. The circulator is expected to operate in northbound and southbound BAT lanes along
Broadway Ave S until reaching 12th Street SW (US Highway 14). South of 12th St, it is expected the service will operate
northbound as a BAT lane while in the southbound direction the lane will convert to a mixed traffic lane for the remainder of
the route. The circulator will operate in mixed traffic along 14th Street SE, where it will access the Graham Park station and
1,000 space park-and-ride structure.
Almost the entirety of the Circulator project will operate on existing public transportation right-of-way, primarily along 2nd
Street SW and Broadway Avenue, with short segments on other local roads depending on the final location of the East Transit
Currently, there are eleven proposed stations which will all be newly constructed as part of the project. Each will include the
Ticket vending machines
Fare card validators
Textured warning strip and raised curb
Shelter with heat, light, and bench seating
Real-time arrival and travel information
Trash and recycling bins
Pylon station marker
Ice Melt Systems
Power charging stations;
Other technologic advances and users conveniences
The total number of stations will be reduced as part of the TOD Station Area Planning Study currently underway.
Service and Other Features
Service. During peak hours (6-9 am and 3-6 pm on weekdays), the circulator would operate every five minutes in order to
provide sufficient capacity for the 1,200 passengers per hour expected to use the service during peak periods. During off-peak
and weekend times the circulator would operate every 10 minutes. Weekday service would operate from 5 am to 11 pm;
weekend service would operate from 8 am to 11 pm.
Technology. Implementation of the project will expand on transit technology infrastructure investments that currently exist in
the corridor. Bus timetable information is currently available on monitors at bus stops on 2nd Street SW in downtown
Rochester. All RT platforms will include visual and audio real-time information. Transit riders are also able to use a computer
or mobile device to access this information on DoubleMap App. It is expected real-time tracking for Circulator vehicles would
be incorporated into the app. Transit Signal Priority (TSP) is currently being initiated on most of 2nd Street and this project
plans to complete the remainder of the route.
Fare Collection. The circulator RT will have entirely off-board fare collection, with full ticket vending machines and fare
validation pedestals at each station platform.
Branding. Circulator vehicles, station platforms, signage, and wayfinding will include unique branding. Exterior color scheme
will be consistent with RPT brand guidelines while the design will be easily distinguishable from local and express buses.
Fleet. Service will use 10 low-floor, articulated 60-foot electric BRT buses. 12 buses will be purchased to provide two spares
for this subfleet. Boarding will be allowed through all doors.
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