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Belt Railway Company RFP – signal design services


Belt Railway Company (BRC) is issuing a Request for Proposals to provide preliminary signal design services for the CREATE EW2 and P2 projects. This preliminary engineering signal consultant will provide the CREATE partners and the railroads with the appropriate scoping of the signal work to be coordinated with the current design elements of EW2 and P2. These two components are Public Private Partnerships (PPP) implementing the 75th Street Corridor Improvement Project (CIP) in Chicago that extends from the Ashburn Interlocking at the west end to the Dan Ryan Expressway at the east end. The intent of the EW2 Project is to improve mobility for rail passengers, freight, and roadway users by reducing rail-rail conflicts, reducing local mobility problems, and improving rail passenger transit service. The intent of the P2 project is to connect the SouthWest Service (SWS) line with the Rock Island District (RID) line via a proposed flyover.

The signal consultant scope of work includes, but is not limited to, the following activities and deliverables:
• Preliminary signal design
• Route and Aspect charts
• Safe braking analysis
• Interfacing with other involved railroads along the track and structural design firms
• Abiding by all railroads design standards and specifications
• Construction overview
• Survey of existing and future signal locations
• Supporting civil and track design
• Signal locations including bridges, cantilevers, high mast signals, or other
• Signal and communication case, cabin, and tower locations within the ESR footprint limits
• Underground cable plan as needed by the railroad
• Summary of power drops, natural gas, and all utilities requirements and locations
• Construction estimates for power, gas line, and other required utilities for P2 and EW2
• Signal construction phasing plan estimated based on track construction plans and requirements for each railroad
• Signal construction cost estimate including proper construction management, construction contingency, inflation, and management reserve per CREATE requirements.

• Field inspection of existing signals conditions

• Project scheduling of the preliminary signal design
• Development of bid and force account documents
• Coordination of utility removal/relocation required
• Coordination with railroads, impacted government agencies and stakeholders, including those in the City of Chicago, Cook County, State of Illinois, and Federal Highway Administration
• Development of CREATE Phase II Reports as per the CREATE Phase II Manual, including Plans, Specifications, and Estimates (PS&E) packages, including prior developed components
• CREATE program document control and ensuring process compliance

Qualification documents will be evaluated based on the following criteria:
• Project Experience
º Experience with Class I Railroad and Metra Projects
º Experience with IDOT-sponsored railroad projects
º Experience with public private partnerships, and with the City of Chicago and IDOT

• Technical Approach
• Personnel Qualifications and Capabilities
• Local Presence & Availability
• DBE Participation

Interested firms will be required to comply with certain State and Federal policies, such as Equal Employment Opportunity, Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) participation, and the Davis-Bacon Act.

A DBE spending goal of 5% has been established for this signals design component. If this goal is not met or exceeded, documented evidence of good faith efforts is required. DBE firms must be currently listed on the Illinois Unified Certification Program directory.

Insurance requirements (subject to change) are:
• Commercial General Liability insurance consisting of primary and umbrella and/or excess policies and such combined policy limits shall be $10 million per occurrence and $10 million in the aggregate per annual policy period
• BRC requires that the railroad be named as an additional insured
• Policy must not be changed, cancelled, terminated, or not renewed without at least thirty (30) days advance written notice from the insurance carrier to BRC
• Policy shall not contain an exclusion for injuries or damage occurring on or near railroad property
• Policy is subject to BRC approval, which shall not unreasonably be withheld
• More details can be found in BRC’s Right of Entry Access Agreement

A Health and Safety Plan is required. BRC requires that a project manager be committed for the duration of the design work, which is anticipated to last approximately 12 months. Contractor safety orientation training and employee participation in the e-RailSafe program, or other railroad safety programs as needed, is required.

Please contact Scott Schiemann at Email: to obtain a proposal package.

A mandatory virtual preproposal meeting is scheduled for 9:00 am (CDT) on October 7, 2022. Email Scott Schiemann at by 5:00 pm (CDT) on October 5, 2022 to be registered for the virtual preproposal meeting and you will receive a link for the meeting. Proposals are due at 12:00 noon CDT on Friday, November 11, 2022, via e-mail to Contractor selection is anticipated to be finalized in December 2022.

For more information about the CREATE Program, please go to


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