Safe Streets and Roads For All (SS4) Planning Grant
The Safe Streets and Roads for All (SS4A) grant program was established as part of the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law (BIL) in 2022. SS4A provides $5 billion in appropriated funds over 5 years, 2022-2026 to fund regional, local, and tribal initiatives to prevent serious injuries and death from roadway crashes. Grant funding can be obtained for the purpose of developing Safety Action Plans for a municipality or region or for implementing project proposals included in a Safety Action Plan.
RPC has been awarded a planning grant from round one of SS4A to develop regional Safety Action Plans for the four New Hampshire MPOs (NRPC, RPC, SNHPC, and SRPC). Safety Action Plans are comprehensive safety plans intended to reduce or eliminate serious injury and fatal roadway crashes through the development of a data-driven and holistic strategy in a transparent and inclusive process. Safety Action Plans include a set of required components and are a prerequisite for applying for SS4A Implementation Grant funding.
As part of the SS4A grant, RPC is requesting assistance to facilitate the efficient development of Safety Action Plans for the four MPOs. The linked document below includes the details of this RFP as well as the basic scope and tasks to be accomplished.
Question 1: Page 1 of the RFP references a budget exhibit; however, a budget is not included in the list of items required on page 2. Can you confirm that a budget is not required?
Response: A budget exhibit is not required. The inclusion of “budget exhibits” in the fourth paragraph on page 1 is an artifact from an earlier iteration of the RFP that was inadvertently left in the document. At the same time, the amount of funding available for the project is set in the RFP and it will be expected that proposals will understand that limitation. Once a proposal has been selected, a negotiation process will be undertaken to ensure that the scope, schedule, and costs are detailed, documented, and acceptable to all parties.
Question 2: Page 2 of the RFP references a proposed schedule and work plan, are these included in the 20-page limit?
Response: The proposed schedule and work plan for the proposal should be included within the 20-page limit.
Question 3: Would it possible to include resumes for key staff within an appendix that is exclusive of the 20-page limit, as long as we include a description of key individuals' roles and experiences within the 20 pages?
Response: The RFP states that the 20-page limit is inclusive of resumes.
Question 4: In addition to the relevant projects listed within the 20 pages of the proposal, would it also be ok to include a supplemental list of relevant Safety Action Plan projects within an Appendix, exclusive of the 20-page limit?
Response: The RFP states that the 20-page limit is inclusive of firm experience. Work on Safety Action Plans and related projects by key staff for this proposal should be highlighted when discussing firm experience.
Question 5: Page 2 of the RFP references a DBE Utilization Plan, is a DBE a requirement for the project? And would its inclusion impact the proposal evaluation scoring?
Response: DBE utilization is not a requirement of the RFP.