The Greater Portland Council of Governments (GPCOG), on behalf of the Portland Area Comprehensive Transportation System (PACTS), is undertaking a study to examine opportunities for increased strategic partnerships, coordination, and integration among the region's transit system. Broadly, this study consists of four tasks:
1. A regionwide network design, considering routing, scheduling, and other service adjustment opportunities, to improve the rider experience and bolster the viability of transit as a transportation option in the region
2. An analysis of the feasibility of microtransit to serve low-density or low-ridership areas, allowing fixed-route services to more efficiently serve high-ridership or high-density areas
3. An analysis of opportunities for increased efficiencies in the administrative and organizational functions of the region's transit agencies, including labor, maintenance, fueling and charging infrastructure, human resources, communications, and other administrative functions, to maximize the use of available funding sources
4. A group facilitation exercise to identify and address key stakeholder issues and concerns, and to establish shared agreement on implementable action items
Due to the nature of the work and the different professional skill sets necessary for the successful completion of this study, Transit Together has been divided into two parts. Task (4) above, focused on stakeholder facilitation, comprises Part B of the project, Bringing Us Together, and is detailed under this request for proposals. Tasks (1) through (3) above have been grouped into Part A of the project, Designing Our System
, and is detailed under a separate request. Proposers are invited to submit proposals for one or both project parts.