Miami Beach transportation officials want to add shelters to all 300 city bus stops, but after the initial request was found to be too expensive for suppliers, they are asking the city commission to offer new bids to potential bidders.
In the past few years, the city has collaborated with Acai Associates and Italian firm Pininfarina on designing new bus stops, said city transport director Jose Gonzalez, spending more than $ 500,000 in the process. The result was four unique designs of bus stops of different sizes and prices that could be placed in different locations in the city depending on the popularity of each location and the amount of available space.
According to Mr. Gonzalez, the smallest building would cost approximately $ 50,000 per site, while the largest would cost approximately $ 150,000. The original hope, he said, was that the contractors would pay the construction costs through an agreement with the city that would allow them to recoup the investment through advertising profits. Miami Beach, he said, will also receive some funding. The contracts, he continued, would last from 15 to 25 years for construction and maintenance.
However, Mr Gonzalez said, the initial tender did not accept any bidders, and industry leaders cited costs and a lack of flexibility as the biggest problems. As a result, the city has partnered with Pininfarina to develop cheaper versions of the shelter, but Mr Gonzalez said estimated prices are not yet available.
A new call for bidders, to be voted on by city commissioners this week, allows for greater flexibility in the negotiation process, including the ability to propose and work with the city on changes to the original design or new design concepts.
According to Mr. Gonzalez, there was no target cost range for the original shelters. We hope that bidders will be able to return the money through advertising profits.
“The goal is for the contract not to be without costs for the city – and with part of the revenue for the city,” he said. The goal of this department remains that suppliers can build a version of the Pininfarina shelter at all 300 stations of the city bus stops, although the new flexibility will give more flexibility. Currently, he said, about 100 city bus stops have shelters.
The Pininfarina design, which won the Red Dot design concept award in 2019, includes eco-friendly elements and a real-time tracker that displays bus time information.