Deadline extended for firms to apply to run microtransit for CAT on behalf of Albemarle County

Charlottesville Area Transit is seeking a firm to help them run a pilot on-demand program for Albemarle County and have extended the deadline for bids to April 26. That’s one of several items in an addendum put out today to the request for proposals for a company to provide the service. (read the addendum)

The addendum also has answers to 41 questions asked by would-be vendors. Here’s some information that can be learned from this section:

  • Vendors will need to determine how many vehicles they will need to provide the service 
  • Vendors will need to define what they consider to be a service disruption as part of their data reporting requirements
  • Vendors would not need to provide the service on Sundays 
  • Vendors will need to provide a service and operations plan 
  • The vendor will need to provide a call center to book a ride between 6:15 a.m. and 8:45 p.m. 
  • CAT will provide uniforms to drivers under this service 
  • Digital submissions will not be accepted for proposals
  • Albemarle County will decide whether to continue the service after the first year 

For more on this proposed service, here are some articles worth reviewing:

An image of the two microtransit zones for which people will be able to call to book on-demand trips, but only within each zone (Credit: City of Charlottesville)

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