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Developing Opportunities: Caltrans, Local Organizations, and More

The state Department of Transportation, the Association of Bay Area Governments and the Orange County Transportation Authority are among the state and local entities in the early stages of technology projects.

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Before government technology procurements reach solicitation or proposal stage, public-sector organizations have likely spent many months doing their homework in earlier stage explorations like those detailed below.

Industry Insider — California regularly spotlights such endeavors in its Opportunities section. Here’s a look at several public-sector governmental entities with early-stage technology or innovation-related initiatives:

  • The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) on Monday issued a request for bids via the California State Government Marketplace and its own list of All Projects Currently Advertised, seeking to upgrade the communication system. Bids will be opened Jan. 9; contractors must have either a Class A or a Class C license. The project is estimated at 250 working days and a $4.2 million value, with rounding.
  • The Association of Bay Area Governments indicates the Bay Area Toll Authority (BATA) is planning to replace its existing FasTrak® Regional Customer Service Center (RCSC) system and the associated customer service and back-office operations that support tolling operations in the Bay Area. The first of two procurements, here, are for the future RCSC, for the back-office system. The system processes the electronic toll transactions, provides underlying customer service functionality, and structures accounting and financial information provided to partner agencies and the BATA financial system. Responses are due by 4 p.m. May 31.
  • The Orange County Transportation Authority list of future procurements, accessible via its Contracts Administration and Materials Management (CAMMNET) platform, indicates the entity will look to spend $300,000 on the Orange County Mobility Hubs Pilot Concept of Operations, with an RFP due to be released this month; $80,000 on rideshare program outreach services, with a procurement due in December; and $12 million on hydrogen fueling facilities at its Garden Grove bus base, in a procurement expected to be released in December.
  • The city of Palm Desert has issued a request for expressions of interest as it considers development and deployment of a fiber network, partnering with potential private-sector partners. The partnership would have the city leverage funding to build a municipal fiber ring network, and find a partner to help create “ubiquitous fiber to the premises” connectivity for residents and businesses citywide. The partner would be responsible for completing drop construction to demand locations, including homes and businesses, plus ongoing operations. The city hopes to find one or more partners that could provide improved network services using city-built fiber infrastructure. It is especially interested in providers capable of using the fiber to deliver “ultra-high-speed network access defined as being in the multiple-hundred mega-bit-per-second (Mbps) to giga-bit-per-second (Gbps) range.” Proposals are due by 5 p.m. Dec. 1.
Theo Douglas is Assistant Managing Editor of Industry Insider — California.