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Georgia DOT Streamlines Procurement for Atlanta Multi-Modal Passenger Terminal Master Developer

August 31,2010

ATLANTA –The Georgia Department of Transportation today released a revised Notice of Intent to issue a Request for Proposals (RFP) for a master developer to design a new multi-modal passenger terminal in downtown Atlanta. The document outlines a streamlined procurement process, shifting from a two-phase approach involving a Request for Qualifications followed by a Request for Proposals to a one-phase approach utilizing an RFP alone. The RFP is anticipated to be issued on December 1, 2010, with selection targeted for May 1, 2011.

“As our team worked through the creation of the procurement documents for the MMPT, it became clear that we could use a single step process,” said Georgia DOT Commissioner Vance C. Smith, Jr. “This streamlined approach allows us to have a development partner in place sooner than originally anticipated.”

The Atlanta MMPT will bring together various ground and rail transit services in a centralized downtown location to create a vital connection link for the people of metro-Atlanta and beyond. It will serve as the hub for existing and proposed transportation networks, including MARTA rail and bus systems, regional express bus systems and the Georgia railroad network. It could also accommodate future transportation, including high speed rail, light rail and streetcar services.

Georgia DOT is working closely with a group of key stakeholders to advance the project. Those partners include the City of Atlanta, Atlanta Regional Commission (ARC), Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority (MARTA), the Georgia Regional Transportation Authority (GRTA) and Central Atlanta Progress (CAP).

The development will be procured through the Department’s Public Private Partnership (P3) Program. Using an innovative project delivery method enables the state to better leverage existing federal earmarks and other federal and state transportation funds. The master developer will be responsible for planning and design of the terminal facilities which could also include commercial, retail and residential components. Portions of revenues generated will be used to offset the maintenance and operations of the MMPT.

A copy of the Notice of Intent, as well as additional information on the project, is available at  www.georgiaP3.com/mmpt.

The Georgia Department of Transportation is committed to providing a safe, seamless and sustainable transportation system that supports Georgia’s economy and is sensitive to both its citizens and its environment. Additional transportation revenues are imperative to grow and sustain Georgia's economic vitality and quality of life through the 21st Century. Georgia is the 3rd fastest-growing state in the nation, yet 49th in per capita spending on transportation. For general information on the Georgia DOT, please visit (www.dot.ga.gov).