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Volume 40 - Issue 5 - February 4, 2021

State of Kansas

Department of Transportation

Notice to Consulting Firms

The Kansas Department of Transportation (KDOT) is seeking a consulting firm qualified in Category 111 Rail Systems Planning and Category 335 Railroad Infrastructure Design for the project listed below. A PDF (2Mb maximum size) of the interest response must be emailed to kdot.designcontracts@ks.gov. Interest and experience responses are limited to four pages, the subject line of the reply email and the PDF file name must read “106 X-3122-01_FIRM NAME”. The letter of interest is required and must be received by 12:00 p.m. February 19, 2021 for the consulting firm to be considered. If a firm is not currently prequalified by KDOT, a Letter of Interest (LOI) may still be submitted.  Firms not prequalified must also provide documentation that demonstrates the firm is qualified for each specified category listed in this notice for the project.  Firms may use the KDOT prequalification form to provide this documentation. KDOT 1050 Prequalification category definitions (Blue Book) can be found at http://www.ksdot.org/descons.asp.  All firms doing business with KDOT must be registered and in good standing under the laws of the State of Kansas at the time of contracting and must comply with applicable state and federal laws, rules and regulations.

Project

Project No. 106 X-3122-01–Development of a state highway-rail grade crossing action plan to meet the requirements of 49 CFR part 234.

Instructions for LOI

The main text of consultant’s LOI must not exceed four (4) pages to address the topics listed below. LOIs shall address and include the following items:

  • Project manager/engineer in charge.
  • Provide name(s), qualifications, education, training, and expertise as well as prior relevant experience of consultant personnel intended to perform services.

Qualifications-Based Selection Process

No cost or pricing information shall be submitted with the LOI and will not be considered in the selection process to shortlist or rank proposals. Based on the qualifications submitted in the LOI and other information available to KDOT, on or about March 3, 2021 KDOT will shortlist three to five firms and notify all firms submitting LOIs of the names of the shortlisted firms by return email. Thereafter, KDOT will issue a Request for Proposal (RFP) to the shortlisted firms soliciting a technical proposal. At KDOT’s option, shortlisted firms may be interviewed by telephone conference call or asked to attend meetings or participate in other discussions with KDOT. Technical proposals will be evaluated on the basis of the factors listed below, evenly weighted, to rank the most qualified firm in order of preference as first, second, and third: 1) quality of the response; 2) experience and expertise of staff designated for project; 3) workload of the firm, and 4) past performance history. The highest ranked firm will be asked to enter into negotiations with KDOT for a contract, with compensation provisions for payment of actual direct costs plus fixed fee, subject to an upper limit of compensation. In the event KDOT cannot reach agreement with the highest ranked firm, it will terminate negotiations with such firm and commence negotiations with the next highest ranked firm, and so on, until either agreement is reached for a satisfactory scope of services for a fair and reasonable price, or KDOT decides to pursue other alternatives.

The firm’s accounting systems must have the following capabilities before the firm may be awarded a contract.

  • Valid, reliable, and current costs must be available within the system to support actual costs and pricing data.
  • Capability to provide a means of measuring the reasonableness of incurred costs.
  • Capability to identify and accumulate allowable costs by contract or project records which will reconcile with the general ledger.
  • Ability to provide supporting documentation of actual expenditures for each billing, based on costs.

Questions can be submitted at kdot.designcontracts@ks.gov.

Calvin E. Reed, P.E. Director
Division of Engineering and Design

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