Waco: City Issues RFQ to Advance 1st Bus Rapid Transit Project
Featured Photo (above): Waco Transit System and the city of Waco are looking to develop the area’s first dedicated bus rapid transit corridor. Image: Waco Transit System
By Edmond Ortiz
Waco (McLennan County)–The city of Waco is seeking engineering and environmental review services for what would be the first bus rapid transit (BRT) project in the McLennan County area.
The city issued an Request for Qualifications in March with plans to choose a consultant or consulting team to provide project management, preliminary engineering, environmental screening, development of project finance and governance plans and other documents.
Based on a 2018 feasibility study, Waco Transit System and the city chose a 13-mile alignment stretching from U.S. 84 at Hewitt Drive to Texas Loop 340 at Business 77 as their first BRT corridor.
The route stops include but not limited to Waco Drive, New Road, Franklin Avenue, Taylor Avenue, Clifton Street, Elm Avenue, and Hillsboro Drive.
A map of the proposed bus rapid transit corridor in Waco. Image: City of Waco
Fourteen station locations are proposed along the route, with the potential for additional “infill” stations that must be considered in the planning and engineering design phases, according to city documents.
“These stations not only function as the essential means of connecting passengers to the BRT service, but also provide passengers with service information and a safe, comfortable environment while waiting for a bus,” the RFQ states.
RFQ statements are due 2 p.m. April 14 at the city’s purchasing services office. Statements will be opened immediately afterward. Respondents may watch the proceedings via video conference.
The responses will be evaluated from April 20-29, and ranked April 30 and May 1. The city will then attempt to negotiate a contract between May 4 and May 12. The city anticipates awarding a contract by June 2.
The city expects engineering to be complete by December 2020. The selected consultant will send required documents to the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) in order to advance the BRT to final design.
VBX members may track this project using ID number: 2020-223E.
Edmond Ortiz is a lifelong San Antonian and a 20-plus-year veteran in local journalism, He previously worked full-time at the San Antonio Express-News, and has been freelancing for outlets such as the Rivard Report.