Call for Expressions of Interest for Cooperation Partners for Agreement of Cooperation

Towards an Integrated Transport System: Demonstration Bus Rapid Transit Corridors in Cairo, Egypt

Date first published: 30 January 2017

Deadline for submissions of EoIs: 20 February 2017

1. Introduction

Bus Rapid Transit systems are emerging as a viable solution in many cities that are facing the difficulties of traffic congestion. BRT can achieve high capacity and speed at relatively low cost by combining dedicated bus-lanes, off –board fare collection, platform level boarding and bus priority at intersections.

BRT systems can be established with relatively smaller capital investments and more quickly than other urban transportation systems such as Metro and Light rail. To maximize its benefits and to achieve “last and first mile connectivity” BRT should be properly integrated with better facilities for walking and cycling.

2. Proposed Bus Rapid Transit Corridor in Cairo

UN-Habitat invites Expressions of Interest from Not-for-Profit Organizations or Governmental and Inter-Governmental organisations to undertake a study for a demonstration BRT corridor in Cairo linking the city to one of the adjoining New Communities.

Based on an overview of the current public transport situation in Cairo, the key elements of the Feasibility Study will include:

1. Identification of a suitable BRT corridor based on indicative assessments of travel demand and recommendations of Government;

2. Developing a “service “ or “operational plan for the BRT services running on the corridor ( e.g bus capacity; fleet size; frequency, station locations and key dimensions; service orientation i.e direct or trunk/feeder etc);

3. Provide outline design features of BRT infrastructure – e.g. station and station alignments; carriageway dimensions; intersection plans;

4. Key elements of a “BRT Business and Institutional Plan, and Financial Model” taking into consideration the current micro-bus industry in Cairo; Recommendations on broad policy options on public transport industry transformation and recommendations on next steps on the design and procurement of infrastructure works and transport services.

In addition to the above, the implementation partner is expected to support training and capacity building of Government staff for planning and executing BRT systems. This will be done through focused training and workshops as well as through guided study tours to a city which has successfully implemented a BRT system.

The EOI should contain, but not be limited to the following:

i. Overall experience of the organization in the area of BRT;

ii. A short conceptual proposal on how the organisation plans to develop and implement this initiative;

iii. The support/ contribution the organization is willing to make including, cash and in kind; (contribution in terms of staff time, office space and equipment and other support in cash and in-kind should be expressed in monetary terms)

iv. Detailed breakdown of cost by component; ( items 1 through 4 outlined above)

v. Governance and organizational structure; experience and qualifications of key professional staff and infrastructure facilities of the organization;

vi. Certified true copy of original Audited Account Statement for the last two years; and

vii. Annual report.

Background and relevant documents related to transportation in Cairo and the proposed BRT routes by government can be found at the following link

3. Overall Timeframe

The work outlined in this EOI is scheduled to commence in March 2017 and completed by 31 March 2018. Trial operation and commissioning of the BRT systems is scheduled for October 2019.

4. Submission Requirements and Guidelines

Expression of Interest must be delivered in electronic format no later than 20 February 2017 to the e-mail address given below:

5. Contact Information

Debashish Bhattacharjee
Human Settlements Officer
Lead, Urban Mobility
Urban Basic Services Branch
United Nations Human Settlements Programme
P.O. Box 30030, Nairobi, Kenya
Tel: 254-20-7625288; 7623668

Salma Mousallem
Project Officer
UN-Habitat Egypt
1 Ismail Abaza St
Cairo, Egypt
Tel: +2(02) 2794 5271 Ext 109

6. Other

Please note that this EOI notice does not constitute a solicitation. UN-Habitat reserves the right to change or cancel this requirement at any time in the Expressions of Interest/or solicitation process.

Submitting a reply to an EOI does not guarantee that a Cooperation Partner will be considered for receipt of the solicitation when issued and only Cooperation Partners who are deemed qualified by UN-Habitat upon completion of evaluation of submission, will receive the final solicitation document.