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Solicitation Number: DTFH61-09-R-00030
Agency: Department of Transportation
Office: Federal Highway Administration (FHWA)
Location: Office of Acquisition Management
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This solicitation is issued under contract DTFH61-09-R-00030 and contains additional information as authorized by the base contract. Performance and administrative requirements in this Task Order are specific to this Task Order and are in addition to requirements stated in the base contract.


The Contractor shall furnish all necessary facilities, materials, equipment, and personnel and shall perform technical, non-personal services necessary to provide systems engineering and support related to administrative and technical matters for policy analyses for the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), through issuance of Task Orders.

The total minimum cost/price for performance under this contract is $50,000. The total maximum estimated cost/price for the performance of this contract is $10,000,000 over the base period of performance.

Over the period of performance, unburdened travel and per diem cost shall not exceed $100,000 per year (all Task Orders).

Over the period of performance, unburdened other direct costs (ODC) shall not exceed $100,000 per year (all Task Orders).



The 20th Century was a time of increased technological and societal change for the transportation planning community. Innovations such as GIS, GPS, remote sensing, and ITS monitoring technology have provided the transportation professional and the general public a potential overwhelming wealth of information about personal travel, goods movement and system performance. While rapid change in the field of transportation is not unprecedented, the increase in information and ability to analyze and display information may be.

At the same time, understanding and responding to transportation needs has become greater and more complex. The transportation system in the United States continues to serve an increasing population and even faster increase in vehicle travel. More areas have become urbanized and some of the fastest growing areas are in smaller urban areas. Both personal trips and goods movements are more diverse in origin and destination, time of day, and purpose. The transportation system serving these increasing needs is aging. At the same time, there is increasing consideration of other societal goals in the development of transportation programs, from promoting environmental stewardship to incorporating local community involvement.

The role of transportation planning is changing to emphasize the movement of people and goods as well as environmental, social, economic, land development, and financial parameters of alternative futures. The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) is being asked to assist the transportation community in addressing these issues within a transportation schema. This is reflected in the FHWA research agenda – crosscutting and multi-disciplinary in response to the issues facing planners today.

Within this context, the Intermodal Surface Transportation Efficiency Act of 1991 (ISTEA), the Transportation Equity Act for the 21st Century (TEA-21), the Safe, Accountable, Flexible, Efficient Transportation Equity Act: A Legacy for Users (SAFETEA-LU), and closely related legislation such as the Clean Air Act Amendments (CAAA) charge FHWA and transportation planning at all levels of government with meeting the complex demands of identifying and responding to future transportation needs. In particular, SAFETEA-LU promotes the assessment of multi-modal transportation needs and the analysis of the transportation, environmental, economic and social impacts of proposed investment and operational alternatives in support of decision-making. Because of this, the research universe the FHWA operates in is fluid, dynamic, and flexible. To realize its research, development and technical assistance objectives, FHWA requires the support of multi-disciplined contractor teams to meet the challenges of transportation planning as we continue into the twenty-first century.


The indefinite delivery, indefinite quantity task order contracts resulting from this request for proposals are intended to give FHWA and its U.S. Department of Transportation partners the flexibility to address a number of issue areas without specifically identifying each required task for the life of the contract. The contract holders will be expected to provide a series of services as needed with a variety of transportation and other expertise brought to bear. They are expected to be able to organize resources to answer sophisticated research questions that will often be multifaceted and contentious in nature, and provide a broad range of support functions in multiple Task Areas.

The objective of this contract is to provide readily available support to the research program in eight Task Areas:

A. Congestion

B. Safety Planning

C. Security Planning

D. Freight Planning

E. State, Metropolitan, Rural, and Tribal Planning Capacity Building

F. National/International Planning

G. Tools to Support Planning and Environment

H. Program Management and Outreach


The contractors shall provide expertise in the major areas described above under the “Contract Objective.” In addition, upon award of contract, FHWA shall be able to request up to 20,000 hours of effort per year from the contractor. This work may be required to be conducted simultaneously in any, or all, of the major areas above, or simultaneously in a short time period (e.g. the 20,000 hours of effort could all be required in only six months of the year.) The specific projects to be completed will be determined on an as needed basis by FHWA.


This contract is designed to give FHWA and its contract partners the flexibility to examine a number of different task areas without specifically identifying each and every required task for the life of the contract. The contract holders will be expected to provide a series of services, as needed within the specified task areas.


For each program task area, proposals must demonstrate an understanding of the task and the technical issues involved, along with the experience and expertise required to address the issues. Examples of experience and expertise include, but are not limited to, research conducted, data collection and analysis in the subject area, technical assistance on the issues and modeling and model development.

This section describes the specific task areas to be addressed and the technical skills necessary associated with each task area. Offeror’s must demonstrate an understanding of each task area and an ability to provide all functional capabilities for each technical area.



The overall goals of this task area are to reduce congestion by: (1) Strengthening the linkage between transportation systems management and operations and the statewide and metropolitan transportation planning, programming, and decision-making processes; (2) Establishing and building upon working relationships between transportation planning agencies/practitioners and State, regional, and local operators of transportation systems; (3) Developing and marketing improved and/or new analytical methods that address transportation systems management and operations strategies in transportation planning and programming processes, products, and decisions; and (3) Expanding the role of Congestion Management Processes/Systems in shaping and prioritizing regional transportation improvement strategies that address congestion.

Potential activities include:

1. Developing and deploying improved and/or new tools, techniques, and procedures;

2. Developing and delivering training, workshops, and technical assistance;

3. Facilitating communication among and between transportation planning agencies/practitioners and State, regional, and local operators of transportation systems;

4. Identifying analytical needs; and

5. Collecting and disseminating noteworthy practices for strengthening the state-of-the-practice and addressing Federal program requirements.


A significant amount of highway safety research is conducted under other FHWA programs. This task area would focus on the limited issue of improving transportation safety planning by: (1) Developing and improving data collection methods that respond to the needs of planning and safety decision making processes; and (2) Helping planning agencies build their institutional capacity to integrate safety into the transportation planning and decision-making process.

Potential activities include:

1. Identifying analytical needs for improved safety planning; and

2. Developing tools, techniques, training and procedures for improved safety planning.

3. White papers on topics such as linkage of safety planning, operations and NEPA, and safety performance measures.


The overall goals of this task are to: (1) Raise awareness of the requirement of addressing security within the statewide and metropolitan planning processes and (2) Support State DOTs and MPOs in their security planning efforts.

Potential activities include:

1. Collecting and disseminating noteworthy practices for strengthening the state-of-the-practice;

2. Developing and delivering training, workshops, and technical assistance; and

3. Facilitating communication among and between the transportation planning communities and appropriate security entities.


The overall goals of this task area are to: (1) Strengthen the linkage between freight issues and considerations and the statewide and metropolitan transportation planning, programming, and decision-making processes; (2) Establish and build upon working relationships between public sector transportation agencies and freight shippers and providers of freight transportation services to ensure safe and efficient movement of freight; and (3) Develop and improve analytical methods that respond to freight issues and considerations in transportation planning, programming, and decision-making.

Potential activities include:

1. Identifying analytical needs;

2. Conducting basic research;

3. Collecting and disseminating noteworthy practices for strengthening the state-of-the-practice;

4. Developing tools, techniques, and procedures;

5. Maintaining and expanding the FHWA Freight Planning website;

6. Developing and delivering training, workshops, and technical assistance; and

7. Facilitating communication among and between the public and private sectors.


Public Involvement, Environmental Justice, Visualization in Planning

The goals of this task area are to: (1) Support State DOTs, MPOs, tribes and other stakeholders to continue capacity building for public participation in all aspects of the transportation planning process; (2) Assist transportation planning agencies in developing public participation plans that are comprehensive and inclusive; (3) Ensure the transportation planning process is open to all regardless of race, color, national origin, or income; and (4) Provide training and research on the use of visualization techniques.

Potential activities include:

1. Documenting and deploying exemplary public participation practices;

2. Delivering training and technical assistance;

3. Developing improved tools, techniques and procedures for incorporating visualization in planning and for increasing public involvement in the transportation planning process;

4. Providing incentives for exemplary practice; and

5. Improving data collection, monitoring, and analysis tools that assess the needs of, and analyze the potential impacts on minority, low-income and other populations.

Other Activities that Support State, Metropolitan, Rural, and Tribal Planning Capacity Building

The overall goal of this task area is to provide assistance to decision makers, transportation officials, and staff to resolve the increasingly complex issues they face when addressing transportation needs in their communities. This emphasis area is targeted to: (1) Provide background information for state, metropolitan, rural, and tribal transportation officials to enhance their understanding of the transportation planning process (statewide and metropolitan), their role within the process, and its relationship to community and societal goals; (2) Strengthen transportation planning staff skills in the areas of consensus building, understanding policy guidance, and grasping the technical elements of their job; (3) Provide a means for disseminating commendable examples of transportation planning practices across the nation; (4) Support the linkage of transportation planning and other topic areas; and (5) Provide data to support the planning process.

Potential activities include:

1. Developing tools, techniques, procedures; providing incentives for exemplary practice;

2. Delivering training and technical assistance;

3. Conducting a peer exchange program on planning issues; in coordination with HEPP’S TPCB program;

4. Developing training materials and identifying notable practices for use by tribal governments.

5. Documenting and deploying interdisciplinary/interagency approaches for addressing human and natural environment; issues and interests in transportation planning processes; integrated planning; and performance based planning.

TASK AREA F: National/International Planning

US/Canada and US/Mexico Border Planning

The overall goal of this area is to conduct research that will help enable safe, secure and efficient movement of people and goods across the border and though the binational border area while enhancing the community and the environment. Cooperative research activities will be undertaken with the 15 land Border States, MPOs, other US federal agencies and Mexico and Canada via the US/Mexico Joint Working Committee on Transportation Planning and Programming and the US/Canada Transportation Border Working Group.

Potential activities include:

1. Developing and testing architecture for border transportation information flows;

2. Developing bi-national innovative financing mechanisms for border-related improvement;

3. Identifying and assessing infrastructure needs and analyzing their impact on the bi-national transportation system;

4. Developing bi-national Geographical Information Systems tools and applications to enhance bi-national planning, assessing methods to improve and speed information exchange and environmental assessment;

5. Exploring development of enhanced modeling techniques to improve border and bi-national decision-making; and

6. Developing bi-national border transportation performance measures.

National Security Defense and Interstate Planning

The overall goals of this task area are to: (1) Conduct research that provides analysis and assessments of the National Highway System (e.g. Interstate STRAHNET intermodal connectors) for defense planning and environmental decision making; (2) Facilitate rural economic development related research activities required by SAFETEA-LU; (3) Support the national research community (e.g., TRB committee on economic development and transportation, military transportation committee, and critical transportation infrastructure protection committee): and (4) Support of FHWA information needs regarding the extent and nature of state economic development programs.

Potential activities include:

1. Updating the digital mapping of the NHS components (which is the basis for a number of different research papers);

2. Developing material to support the research related work of the National Development Organization and the New England Transportation Institute pursuant to section of Title V of SAFETEA-LU;

3. Updating databases used for research;

4. Creating content for research related websites;

5. Providing information for TRB economic development committee activities (e.g., national research meetings) and

6. Providing information for research related activities of other organizations such as the NCHRP and the Delta Regional Authority.

TASK AREA G: Tools to Support Planning and Environment

Travel Modeling

The overall goals of this task area are to: (1) develop and improve analytical methods which respond to the needs of the planning and environmental decision making processes; (2) deploy these methods to planning agencies; (3) help agencies build their institutional capacity to develop and deliver traveler related information to support transportation and planning decisions; and (4) develop mechanisms to ensure the quality of transportation technical analysis used to support decision making at the local, state and federal levels.

Potential activities include:

1. Basic research on time of day and freight needs in the modeling process;

2. Developing transportation, land use and air quality analysis tools, techniques and procedures;

3. Supporting deployment of research products and modifying research products based on applications experience;

4. Supporting peer reviews of model applications and identifying where research products can enhance model application;

5. Conducting outreach to make agencies aware of innovative modeling techniques and modeling issues in general;

6. Supporting regional and national peer exchanges; and

7. Identifying analytic needs to be addressed by the research program.

8. Developing advanced travel forecasting methods including activity and tour based demand models; regional traffic simulation or DTA methods and linkages between time dependent network models and advanced demand models.

GIS/Spatial Information for Improved Decision Making

The goal of this task area is to improve and support transportation decision making through application of Geographic Information Systems (GIS). This task will focus on: (1) disseminating knowledge about geospatial technologies; (2) encouraging Federal, State DOTs, resource agencies to foster partnerships and exchange data, ideas, tools, and methodologies that will result in improved decision making; (3) supporting GIS activities; and (4) cultivating cutting-edge application of GIS/Spatial information for transportation to improve the decision making process and enhance the quality of the decision.

Potential activities include:

1. Mining applications of geospatial technology and assessing their effectiveness for transportation;

2. Identifying emerging geospatial technology that will be implemented in the next 5 years;

3. Identifying effective business models and public-private partnerships to support enhanced GIS in transportation;

4. Developing focus areas for future initiatives to enhance transportation decision-making and the uses of geospatial technologies; and

5. Conducting collaborative workshops and training; and working with committees of TRB, AASHTO, and other stakeholders.

TASK AREA H: Program Management and Outreach

The goals of this task area are to: (1) Assess and facilitate the implementation of the STEP;

(2) Provide resources to support the dissemination of information related to the STEP; and

(3) Support stakeholder outreach associated with the STEP; and (4) Develop tools to disseminate research results.

Potential activities include: program support; website; workshops; peer reviews; scans; training; technical assistance; presentations; publications; conferences; and symposia.


Applicable reports shall be prepared in accordance with the “Guidelines for Preparing Federal Highway Administration Publications” (which can be viewed at: Specifically, the contractor shall provide the government with the following for each report developed under this contract:

(1) An executive summary under separate cover; An executive summary may be required as a convenience to the readers depending on the requirements of individual Tasks Orders.

(2) An electronic version of the report (files in Quark Express, or Adobe products) with GPO Form 952 OR a printed version of the report; A camera-ready copy (a publication term used to define the finished manuscript, including all art work (illustrations, photographs, charts, or tables) ready for printing by photographic or other means.

(3) A completed ITS Electronic Clearinghouse Document Profile Sheet. This profile must be completed to ensure all reports are properly indexed for storage and retrieval.

(4) A Complete Technical Report Documentation Page, form DOT F 1700.7 (8-72), which is located via the Internet at This form is necessary to ensure all reports are entered into the National Technical Information Service database.

(5) 508 Compliance (Only for Web related deliverables): All web related electronic documents that are prepared shall meet the requirements of Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act. The act requires that all electronic products prepared for the Federal Government be accessible to persons with disabilities, including those with vision, hearing, cognitive, and mobility impairments. One can view Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act ( and the Federal IT Accessibility Initiative (Home Page) ( for detailed information.

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