PennDOT launches RFI for Amtrak Keystone line

The Pennsylvania Dept of Transportation has issued an RFI to explore the possibility of redeveloping 11 train stations through P3s.

The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT), through its Office of Public Private Partnerships (P3 Office), has issued a Request for Information (RFI) for the redevelopment of train stations and surrounding facilities along the Keystone Line, which links Harrisburg, Pennsylvania to New York City, according to a statement.

The Keystone Line is one part of the 349-mile Keystone Corridor, a railroad line linking Pittsburgh and Philadelphia in Pennsylvania. It is operated by Amtrak, a publicly-funded government service.

The project for which PennDOT is seeking market input involves 11 stations and their accompanying facilities – such as parking, lighting, and security – on the eastern section of the Keystone Corridor.

PennDOT, through its P3 Office, is considering procuring the project as a design-build-finance-operate-maintain (DBFOM) concession with an availability payment structure, according to the RFI.

“To address varying needs at each station, PennDOT is also considering ‘bundling’ contiguous stations into one or multiple procurement packages,” the state agency said, adding that it is also looking for thoughts on how to make property that is adjacent to each station – and which it owns – available for development opportunities.

The deadline for responses is March 17.

While PennDOT stated that the RFI will not necessarily lead to any specific form of procurement, it did provide a preliminary schedule, according to which a Request for Qualifications (RFQ) might be issued in the second quarter of 2014, followed by a Request for Proposals (RFP) in the third quarter.

The RFI comes just one week after PennDOT received expressions of interest from five teams in response to an RFQ issued for its Rapid Bridge Replacement project, which seeks to replace at least 500 of the state’s 4,500 structurally-deficient bridges.