32 firms respond to VDoT RFI to enhance TOCs
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Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell has announced that 32 firms submitted responses to the Virginia Department of Transportation ’s (VDoT) Request for Information regarding the operation and integration of the state's transportation operations centres (TOCs). VDoT operates five TOCs across the commonwealth that monitor traffic conditions via cameras and other technology, providing traveller information on road conditions and coordinating congestion management and incident response.
“I am extremely pleased with the level of private sector interest in this project,” said Gov. McDonnell. “We need to be creative in our delivery of services, and I believe the private sector can help us do just that. I look forward to providing a system that uses the latest technology to address the needs of motorists.”
In coordination with the Office of Transportation Public-Private Partnerships, VDoT released a Request for Information on 18 January, 2012, seeking interest and suggestions from the private sector on how the centres can better operate as one system and deliver improved services to motorists.
Based on the information gathered from this RFI, VDoT will develop a procurement strategy and initiate a formal procurement for services. The overall aim of this project is to contract with a firm, or team of firms, to operate the centres, including investment and revenue generation opportunities. The key improvement would be transforming the TOCs to operate under a single advanced active traffic management system platform.