|The City of Prince Rupert is now accepting bids on the next|
contract for ground services for the Prince Rupert Airport
The City of Prince Rupert has opened up its process to solicit interest from would be proponents to operate the ground transportation service between the Airport Shuttle location on Sixth Street and the Prince Rupert Airport on Digby Island.
In a Request for Proposal listing on the BC Bid website, the city has outlined the many elements of the service requirements in Prince Rupert that make it a rather unique project to take on.
In the summary of their RFP the city provides some background to the requirements of the service.
The City wishes to provide scheduled and unscheduled transportation services for passengers and baggage between a central location within the City of Prince Rupert and the Airport. The City has been experiencing growth in the region in recent months due to proposed industrial projects in the export / import sector.
As such, the City foresees (but cannot confirm) an increase in air travel to the region, which may increase the current rates of travel for passengers from/to the Airport. Proponents should be mindful of this potential growth in preparing their Proposals.
The City will operate a ferry capable of transporting motor buses and vehicles designed to carry passengers and baggage. However, Proponents are advised that both the ferry and terminal facility have size and capacity restrictions and that passage by all sizes of motor bus may not be feasible.
Proponents should familiarize themselves with the operational conditions and restrictions associated with loading / unloading and transport of motor buses on the ferry. The City requires Proponents to propose costs for providing the Services with the use of either New Motor Buses or Used Motor Buses.
The RFP notes that the term of the contract for services will be that of five years with an end date of December of 2025.
The scope of what the successful proponent will be expected to deliver provides for six key elements that the city will consider from the submissions.The Services shall comprise the following:
With the Deadline for submissions set for October 30th, the timeline for the process of consideration is fairly compact, with the successful service provider to be in operation by December of this year.
|Mayor Brain, City Manager Robert Long and |
Paul Vendittelli Manager of Transportation and Economic
Development aboard one of the current Airport shuttle buses
(City of PR photo)