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PA Bulletin, Doc. No. 98-1867


Retention of an Engineering Firm for Traffic and Revenue Study

[28 Pa.B. 5644]

Reference No. 3-107

   The Turnpike Commission (Commission) is seeking consultant services to perform Traffic and Revenue Studies for potential near-term and long-term modifications to the toll schedule and method of toll collection.

   The study will consist of three areas of analysis.

   The first area of analysis will consist of developing and analyzing the near-term goal of developing a toll structure utilizing a quarter interval tolls. This phase will include traffic and revenue projections for various toll schedules. In addition, operational improvements such as improved through-put at the plazas and coin handling should be reviewed and analyzed.

   Due to the continued traffic growth and peak hour congestion in the urban portions of the Turnpike, a second area of study will include a feasibility study of congestion pricing. This study will include a review of issues associated with congestion pricing and include a recommendation for implementation and estimated traffic and revenue. This portion should also identify improvements in traffic flow at or near the interchanges.

   The third area will include a review of possible long term modifications to the toll collection system and toll schedule to optimize revenue and minimize operations and maintenance. This will include possible changes in the system to switch from primarily a ticket system and to make the collection uniform systemwide. This will require traffic and revenue estimates for the various configurations. This phase will also require a staged implementation plan to arrive at the final configuration and associated traffic and revenue analysis. This portion will include a series of broad alternatives and include cost to implement each alternative.

   Questions and inquiries concerning this Project should be directed to Timothy M. Scanlon, P.E. at (717) 939-9551, Ext. 5590; or by e-mail at

General Requirements and Information

   Firms interested in performing the above services are invited to submit Expanded Letters of Interest to Barry L. Troup, P.E., Assistant Chief Engineer for Design, at the PA Turnpike Commission Administration Building located on Eisenhower Boulevard at the Harrisburg-East Interchange (No. 19). (FedEx address: Route 283 and Eisenhower Boulevard, Highspire, PA 17034) (Mailing Address: P. O. Box 67676, Harrisburg, PA 17106-7676).

   The expanded letters of interest must include in the heading the project reference number indicated in the advertisement. A Standard Form 254, ''Architect-Engineer and Related Services Questionnaire,'' not more than 1 year old as of the date of this advertisement, and Standard Form 255, ''Architect-Engineer and Related Services Questionnaire for Specific Project,'' must accompany each expanded letter of interest. Explanation that the firm has successfully completed similar type projects, of the same magnitude, is required. If the firm has multiple offices, the location of the office performing the work must be identified.

   Firms with out-of-State headquarters or corporation not incorporated in Pennsylvania must include with each expanded letter of interest a copy of their registration to do business in the Commonwealth as provided by the Department of State.

   The Commission currently limits its participation in the remuneration of principals or consultant employes performing work on projects to $72,800 per annum or $35 per hour or their actual audited remuneration, whichever is less. The Commission currently limits its participation in the consultant's indirect payroll costs (overhead) on design projects to 130% or the consultant's actual audited overhead rate, whichever is less.

   The Consultant in their submission should identify the following factors:

   (A)  Specialized experience and technical competence of firm. The firm must clearly demonstrate their capabilities of completing this project by identifying similar projects that have been completed, the magnitude of the project, and the client.

   (B)  Past record of performance with respect to cost control, work quality and ability to meet schedules. The specific experience of individuals who constitute the firms shall be considered.

   (C)  Expanded letters of interest must include an indication of the prime consultant's and subconsultant's current workload for all Pennsylvania Department of Transportation and Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission projects.

   (D)  Location of consultant's office where the work will be performed.

   (E)  Listing of subconsultant's intended. Any deviation from the subconsultant's listed in the expanded letter of interest will require written approval from the Commission.

   (F)  An organization chart for the Project, identifying key personnel. Only resumes of key personnel should be included.

   (G)  Other factors, if any, specific to the project.

   Each firm should demonstrate in their expanded letter of interest their ability to perform the specific requirements indicated for this project by including a maximum three page report on this project.

   The expanded letter of interest and required forms must be received by 12 p.m. (noon), Friday, November 20, 1998. Any letters of interest received after this date and time will be time-stamped and returned.

   Based on an evaluation of acceptable expanded letters of interest received in response to this solicitation, one firm will be selected for this project. The order of preference will be established for the purpose of negotiating an agreement with the highest ranked firm established by the Technical Review Committee and approved by the Selection Committee. Technical Proposals or Requests for Proposals will not be requested prior to selection.

   The Commission reserves the right to reject all expanded letters of interest, to cancel solicitation requested under this notice, and/or to re-advertise solicitation for these services.


[Pa.B. Doc. No. 98-1867. Filed for public inspection November 6, 1998, 9:00 a.m.]

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