The Transit Cooperative Research Program (TCRP) plans to award a contract for a study and report. Legal research reports sponsored by this project are published in TCRP's Legal Research Digest (LRD) series in electronic format. Publications are made available to some libraries and to approximately 4,000 transportation lawyers and officials through the TRB distribution network.
Many benefits could be realized by U.S. public transportation agencies from implementing advanced and emerging technologies such as positive train control, electric buses, on-demand technology, open architecture concept for fare collection system, and enterprise asset management. Some of these technologies have significant implications for service delivery models and have the potential to radically change how public transportation systems are used in the future and question the relevancy of public transportation systems as presently structured.
Technology is rapidly changing public transportation so transportation attorneys will need to exercise due diligence as they navigate the consideration and adoption of emerging technology.
Transit attorneys are faced with questions related to the process by which due diligence is conducted and the legal issues that should be addressed within the existing regulatory and legislative framework. Research is needed to help transportation attorneys navigate common legal challenges within the emerging technology field.
The objective of this project is to produce a legal research digest that provides transportation attorneys with guidance and resources to assist with the legal changes that will result from the consideration and implementation of advanced and emerging technologies. This digest should include the legal approaches taken and why, how they were implemented, problems encountered, resulting changes in practice, and lessons learned.
Legal issues should address a range of topics related to the objective, such as, but not limited to, the following:
This research will be conducted in four tasks pursuant to a firm fixed price agreement.
The tasks will be as follows:
Task 1. Research plan and detailed report outline. The consultant will conduct background research and collect relevant material. Based on the initial but complete review of the source material, consultant will propose a detailed report outline. The outline should be at least 8 to12 pages, include a proposed survey if one is to be used, and contain sufficient detail to inform the TCRP project panel of what a 75- to 100-page report will contain. This outline should also contain the estimated pagination for each proposed section and/or subsection. This material will be submitted to TCRP for consideration and approval.
Task 2. After approval of the work plan, the consultant should conduct additional research, and case and statutory/regulatory analysis.
Task 3. Draft report in accordance with the approved work plan (including modifications required by TCRP).
Task 4. Revise report as necessary. The consultant should estimate that two revisions will be necessary. One revision may be required after review by the TCRP staff and members of a select subcommittee. Additional revisions may be required after the full committee has reviewed the report.
25% paid upon submission and approval of the Task 1 Report.
50% paid upon submission and approval of the Task 3 Report.
25% paid upon submission and approval of the Final Report (following revisions as required by TCRP).
An important factor in rating proposal offers will be the proposer’s commitment to promptly undertake and complete this study.
HOW TO PROPOSE
Proposals should be submitted as a single PDF with the following information and in the following order:
- Summary sheet. Here is the summary sheet .
- A statement of interest and qualifications.
- Resume of key team members along with a description of responsibilities.
- A list of your relevant prior publications (you may enclose one or two samples).
- A statement of resources you will allocate to this project; any additions, deletions, or changes you may wish to suggest for undertaking the work; and your requested compensation.
- Proposals should not exceed a total of 25 pages (including writing samples).
- An executed, unaltered liability statement. Here is a printable version of the Liability Statement.
Proposals are evaluated by project panel members and TCRP staff consisting of individuals collectively knowledgeable in the problem area. Evaluations are based upon the proposers': (1) experience in the subject area; (2) understanding of the work (demonstrated by the commitment of resources); (3) prior relevant publications (including briefs); (4) schedule for completing the work; and (5) price.
Proposals should be uploaded via this link:
by 5:00 p.m.(EST) on September 24, 2019. Proposals will not be accepted after this time.