Mankato/North Mankato Area Planning Organization (MAPO)

Requests for Proposals for 2022 Studies – Deadline December 15, 2021

MAPO is pleased to announce the release of four (4) separate Requests for Proposals (RFPs) to solicit responses from qualified firms interested in transportation planning services described in the proposals for the purposes of producing separate deliverables:

Each study will undergo a separate procurement/ranking/contract selection process. Proposals will be submitted individually per study. The firms selected must have experience and expertise in corridor transportation and multimodal planning, including (but not limited to) project management, public involvement, data collection and analysis, development of intersection control evaluations (ICEs), financial resources, and a clear understanding of the MPO planning process and federal and state requirements.

Interested parties may request paper copy delivery via U.S. mail at the below email or telephone contact.

Any inquiries regarding this notice should be directed to Charles Androsky, MAPO Transportation Planner by email at candrosky@mankatomn.gov or by phone at (507) 387-8389.

Responders are requested to submit hard and digital copies of proposals by 4:30p.m. on December 15, 2021. Hard copies shall be sent via U.S. mail, digital copies shall be provided via PDF or file-sharing service to candrosky@mankatomn.gov.

Q: Are Letters of Intent acceptable responses to the RFPs?

A: Proposals are recommended as opposed to Letters of Intent, as Letters of Intent would most likely not include the full elements requested in the RFPs.

The Mankato/North Mankato Area Planning Organization (MAPO) is responsible for regional transportation planning within and throughout the Greater Mankato area. This includes pedestrian, bicyclist, transit, automotive, rail, and aviation. MAPO is the federally-designated Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) for the region’s urban/rural area. This means MAPO must provide a continuing, coordinated, and comprehensive transportation planning process in order to obtain federal transportation funds.

MAPO must prepare and maintain a long-range (20-year) Long Range Transportation Plan (LRTP) for the region. MAPO also selects projects for federal funding and prepares a four-year Transportation Improvement Program (TIP), through the MAPO Policy Board, made up of local elected officials, and the Policy Board’s Technical Advisory Committee (TAC). The TIP includes all federally funded transportation projects in the MAPO area, and development of the TIP includes significant input from citizens and interested groups.

MAPO continually produces a wide range of studies, plans, and recommendations to improve transportation within and throughout the Greater Mankato area. MAPO was established in 2012 in response to the 2010 U.S. Census, which designated the Mankato/North Mankato region as an urbanized area (metropolitan statistical area–MSA), requiring the formation of a Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO). MAPO is a partnership of the cities of Mankato, North Mankato, Eagle Lake, and Skyline; Blue Earth and Nicollet counties; and the townships of Belgrade, LeRay, Lime, Mankato, and South Bend. MAPO is directed by a six-member Policy Board and advised by a Technical Advisory Committee. The Technical Advisory Committee reviews and formulates recommendations to the Policy Board regarding plans for the Unified Planning Work Program, Long Range Transportation Plan, Transportation Improvement Program as well as other plans and studies MAPO prepares.

MAPO is located at 10 Civic Center Plaza in Mankato, Minnesota. It is staffed by Executive Director Paul Vogel and Transportation Planner Charles Androsky.

TITLE VI and CIVIL RIGHTS STATEMENT

The Mankato/North Mankato Area Planning Organization operates its programs without regard to race, color, or national origin. If you believe you have been aggrieved by an unlawful discriminatory practice, or wish to request more information about Mankato/North Mankato Area Planning Organization’s obligations under Title VI, please contact us at the following address and telephone number:

Paul Vogel

Executive Director

10 Civic Center Plaza

Mankato, MN 56002-3368

Phone: 507-387-8613

A copy of MAPO’s Title VI Plan is available for review here. A Title VI complaint may also be made by contacting the Minnesota Department of Transportation Office of Civil Rights at 651-366-3071 or submitting the online complaint form here: www.dot.state.mn.us/civilrights/titlevi-complaint-form.html.

MAPO activities are partially funded by the State of Minnesota and the United States federal government.