Serbia: Belgrade Public Transport and Traffic Infrastructure Improvement Project - Urban Transport Master Plan Update and Strategic Environmental Assessment Preparation
| Published February 18, 2015 - Deadline March 18, 2015
Clarification 06/03/2015: Please note that the value of EUR 400,000.00 highlighted in Section (a) of the Consolutant Profile refers to the value of services provided.
Clarification: Please note that the electronic version of the Expression of Interest to be submitted to the Bank’s contact person should be sent by email.
Clarification: The Closing Date and Time is 18 March 2015, 13:00 Belgrade time.
Clarification: The Assignment will be funded by the European Western Balkans Joint Fund.
Serbia, which finds itself now as an official EU accession country, is facing multitude
challenges and commitments with which it needs to comply in order to secure its membership in the Union. The environmental acquis presents a significant workload of directives and regulations that need to be transposed into the national legislation and also find their way through to implementation. Some of these obligations refer to the quality of air, reduction of emissions, and noise restrictions.
The territory of the City of Belgrade/the Region of Belgrade covers an area of 322,268 ha. This administrative territory is divided into 17 city municipalities that represent the geographic scope of the Terms of Reference of Urban Transport Master Plan (Smart Plan) Update and Strategic Environmental Assessment.
The Sustainable Urban Transport Plans (SUTPs) are integrated new policy tools that
integrate the urban mobility and transport systems into an environmental context while at the same time addressing the economic and social aspects of a city.
The SUTPs go far beyond the need to respond to road traffic management and the impact of traffic congestion, but also provide economic and social cohesion through demographic changes that shape the structure of the cities. SUTPs are therefore a valuable tool for overcoming legal, financial, social, and cultural barriers that may hamper the development and implementation of a sustainable urban mobility system. In addition, this kind of plan has become mandatory for many European countries and their cities, making it necessary for all strategic measures for improvement of the urban transport system are supported by a SUTP.
The City of Belgrade (the Client) already has a Transport Master Plan of Belgrade called SMARTPLAN. Originally approved in 2008, the SMARTPLAN provides a strategic transport modelling capability for Belgrade with the principal aims of improving the functionality of the transport system, supporting decision-making at both the City and local level, and enabling the preparation of medium-long term investment plans through to 2021, and provides a decision-making framework for scheme priorities. The base year analysis for the model is from 2005.
Following the path of European integration, in 2011 the City of Belgrade together with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in Serbia began a process to fold the SMARTPLAN into the wider context of the SUTP. This first phase of SUTP project to provide support to sustainable transport at metropolitan level was finalised in 2013. The second phase of SUTP of Belgrade requires a detailed analysis of current state of urban transport system and setting the scenarios of future development, and establishing priority lines of action. For this phase the City of Belgrade needs to upgrade the existing SMARTPLAN. Completion of the second phase with an upgraded SMARTPLAN will also enable the City to identify and then finance key investments needed to complete the City’s transport network and the related traffic management strategy.
The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (the Bank or EBRD) has approved a loan for the City of Belgrade to finance the costs of Belgrade Public Transport and Traffic Infrastructure Improvement Project (the Project) as currently identified. The EBRD has secured financial assets through the Loan Agreement signed on 17 November 2011 and will finance EUR 57 million, while the European Investment Bank (EIB) is expected to co-finance an equal amount to complete the City’s transport and traffic management strategy.
Given the proposal for additional financing from EIB to be approved in the future for Belgrade’s urban transport sector, there is a need to update the SMARTPLAN in order to define the updated set of priorities of intervention. In an EU perspective, the update of the SMARTPLAN will also need to include a Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA) in line with EU Directive 2001/42/EC.
The main objective of this Project is to improve and upgrade the existing SMARTPLAN of Belgrade and develop it on the whole City/Region administrative area, and to create a new Action Plan for the Development of Transport Infrastructure in Belgrade with a strategic impact assessment (SEA). Improving and upgrading of SMARTPLAN should define proposed measures to improve the functioning of the traffic within all subsystems elaborated by the initial SMARTPLAN (road networks, public transport, parking, park and ride, traffic management, ITS, non-motorized transport, traffic safety, etc., as well as the Action Plan of Investments for the Development of Transport Infrastructure in the horizon years of 2009, 2012, 2018 and 2021) which contribute to defining new priorities, keeping or increasing an existing share of public transport within all daily trips, and other measures to be defined.
The City of Belgrade therefore seeks to select and contact a consultancy firm (the Consultant) to undertake the following tasks and activities in this regard, inter alia:
Analysis of the current situation
Development of the traffic forecast model and transport model for defined horizons using the four-step model of PTV VISUM)
The preparation of scenario analyses for the development of the city transport system in the areas covered by the existing SMARTPLAN, complying with the European Guidelines for SUTP and the proposed new segments if any
Defining criteria for scenario analyses and evaluation
Testing of scenarios for time horizons 2021/2027/2033
Selection of the optimal scenario
Action and budget plan for investments in transport infrastructure including the identification of measures to be undertaken for traffic functionality improvements
Prepare a Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA) to obtain a set of proposed measures in accordance with the EU Directive 2011/42.EC
Status of Selection Process: Interested firms or group of firms are hereby invited to submit expressions of interest.
Assignment Start Date and Duration: The Assignment is expected to start in Q2 2015 and has an estimated overall duration of 10 months.
Maximum Budget available for the Assignment: EUR 400,000.00 (exclusive of VAT).
The Consultant must determine whether any indirect taxes/VAT are chargeable on the
proposed services and state the basis for such. If any indirect taxes/VAT are payable, the Client will have to pay indirect taxes/VAT element to the services directly to the Consultant unless otherwise agreed.
Funding Source: The Assignment is expected to be funded by the European Western Balkans Joint Fund.
Eligibility: There are no eligibility restrictions.
Consultant Profile: The Consultant will be a firm or a group of firms with previous project experience in transport planning and studies, and in particular with:
at least one transport model preferably including a four-stage multimodal traffic model, with a project value of at least EUR 400,000 (within the period starting from 1 January 2009), for a city with more than 1 million inhabitants;
at least one pre-feasibility or feasibility study for an urban transport system, preferably aiming at the selection of alternatives, which included one or more of the following transport modes: light rail, urban-suburban rail, tram and/or metro system (within the period starting from 1 January 2009), for a city with more than 1 million inhabitants.
The Consultant shall possess licensed software PTV VISION – VISUM (latest version) and shall confirm this in the Expression of Interest (provide statement on possessing the licence).
The Consultant’s expert team is expected to include key experts as follows:
Transport planning Team Leader: Senior engineer with experience in metropolitan/suburban level and transport modelling for a city with more than one million inhabitants.
Senior engineer for Public Transport with experience in one of the following fields: light rail, urban-suburban rail, metro system within the city of more than one million inhabitants.
Transport Economist: Senior expert with experience in financial-economic analysis within the city of more than one million inhabitants.
Environmental Expert with experience in provision of SEAs.
Senior experts for Transport Modelling, Parking, Traffic Management and Urban Planning.
After mobilisation, the team leader should spend a minimum of 5 working days in Belgrade.
Submission Requirements: In order to determine the capability and experience of Consultants to be shortlisted, the information submitted should include the following:
1. Company/group of firms’ profile, organisation and staffing (max. 2-4 pages);
2. Details of previous project experience or similar assignments undertaken in the
previous five years, including information on contract value, contracting entity/client, project location/country, duration (mm/yy to mm/yy), expert months provided (if different from duration) , main activities, objectives;
3. CVs of key experts who could be available to work on the Assignment with details of the experts’ professional experience;
4. Completed Consultant Declaration Form and Contact Sheet, the template for which is available from the following web-link: http://www.ebrd.com/pages/workingwithus/procurement/notices/csu/contact_sheet.doc
The expression of interest should not exceed 25 pages (excluding CVs and contact sheet).
One original and one copy of the expression of interest, in English and Serbian, along with one electronic copy in both languages, shall be submitted to the Client in an envelope marked EXPRESSION OF INTEREST for BELGRADE PUBLIC TRANSPORT AND TRAFFIC INFRASTRUCTURE IMPROVEMENT PROJECT - URBAN TRANSPORT MASTER PLAN (SMARTPLAN) UPDATE AND STRATEGIC
ENVIRONMENTAL ASSESSMENT PREPARATION, to reach Client not later than the submission deadline and time as given above.
Further, one electronic copy in both languages should be submitted to the EBRD’s contact person by the same due date.
Executing Agency (Client):
City of Belgrade, City Administration of Belgrade
The Client Contact Person:
Mr Dragan Milosevic
City of Belgrade, City Administration of Belgrade - Investment
and Housing Agency
Trg Nikole Pasica 6
Republic of Serbia
Phone + 381 11 3216219
Fax + 381 11 3216374
The EBRD Contact Person:
European Bank for Reconstruction and Development
One Exchange Square
London EC2A 2JN
Tel: + 44 20 7338 7371
Fax: +44 20 7338 7451
Following this invitation for expressions of interest, a shortlist of qualified firms will be formally invited to submit proposals. Consultant selection and contracting will be subject to availability of funding.
The evaluation criteria are as follows:
Experience in the development and implementation of transport model, preferably including a four-stage multimodal traffic model, with a project value of at least EUR 400,000 (within the period starting from 1 January 2009), for a city with more than 1 million inhabitants (30%);
Experience in implementing pre-feasibility or feasibility studies for an urban transport systems, preferably aiming at the selection of alternatives, which included one or more of the following transport modes: light rail, urban-suburban rail, tram and/or metro system (within the period starting from 1 January 2009), for a city with more than 1 million inhabitants (40%);
CVs of the expert team (30%).