Partnership Agreement. The funds will cover the costs of a major short-term expansion of public transit into Manhattan that will accompany the implementation of the Mayor's congestion pricing plan, or an alternative pricing plan meeting the conditions set forth in the Agreement, as well as some funds towards the implementation of the pricing system itself.  Several conditions attached to this grant will have to be met by any plan ultimately approved by the State Legislature in order for the State and City to receive this funding.  In addition, a critical condition is that the congestion reduction system chosen must be implemented no later than March 31, 2009 and must be operational for at least 18 months.

The City may use the General Services Administration (GSA) Schedule 70 Contract to implement this project. Interested parties should become familiar with GSA's contract terms and conditions, and take steps necessary to be placed on the GSA Schedule 70 Contract list. In addition, interested parties should request that they be added to databases maintained by NYCEDC, the City of New York and the State of New York which may be used in lieu of GSA Schedule 70. Details on these databases will be included in the RFEI.

NYCEDC will manage the RFEI process in cooperation with the City, DOT and DoITT. The responses to the RFEI will be used for strategic planning purposes only. Although no contractors will be procured through this RFEI, future Requests for Proposals for congestion pricing services may be issued exclusively to respondents, so all interested and qualified parties are urged to submit proposals.

To obtain a copy of the complete RFEI starting tomorrow, visit www.NYCEDC.com/rfp. A pre-submission meeting for the RFEI will be held at NYCEDC on Monday, September 10, 2007 at 3:45 p.m. at 110 William Street, New York City. Those wishing to attend must RSVP by e-mail to CongestionpricingRFEI@nycedc.com on or before Friday, September 7, 2007. Interested parties are urged to attend the informational meeting.  Responses to the RFEI are due by 4 p.m. on Tuesday, October 2, 2007.