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Request for Proposal: Legal Services

June 19th, 2012

1. Background and Scope of Work

1. (A) Introduction to Tompkins Consolidated Area Transit, Inc.

TCAT, Inc (Tompkins Consolidated Area Transit, Inc.) is a not-for-profit corporation that provides public transportation for Tompkins County, a rural county in upstate New York of approximately 100,000 residents. While TCAT serves all parts of the county, the majority of the service focuses on the census-defined Ithaca Urbanized Area (UZA), with a population of approximately 52,000. TCAT serves over 3.5 million passenger trips every year, traveling more than 1.7 million miles over 113,000 hours in revenue service. The fleet currently consists of 55 buses, 8 of which are hybrid-electric diesel buses, 4 of which are gasoline 16-passenger vans, and the remaining 43 vehicles are standard 30'-40' diesel buses. TCAT also offers complimentary ADA Paratransit services through a subcontractor, Gadabout. TCAT exhibits relatively lean staffing levels, with 23 administrative employees, 85 bus operators, and 19 maintenance staff.


1. (B) Scope of Work

The duties of legal counsel for TCAT, Inc. are expected to include:
1. Corporate: Attend Board and Executive Committee meetings; draft and review Board resolutions; assure compliance with bylaws and with non-profit requirements; assist in development of corporate policies and procedures; advise Board and TCAT staff on corporate matters.

2. Contracts: Draft and review contracts with third parties for a wide variety of goods and services (including transportation, professional, and service contracts); review requests for proposals and construction bid packages.

3. Regulatory: Research and interpret regulations of federal and state transit agencies and boards, including U.S. Department of Transportation, Federal Transit Administration, NYS Department of Transportation, NYS Department of Motor Vehicles, and NYS Public Transportation Safety Board; assist in development of policies and procedures to comply with transit laws and regulations.
4. Labor and Personnel: Provide advice on full array of employment, personnel and labor issues; research and interpret federal, state and local laws and regulations; draft, review and negotiate employment and personnel policies; interpret provisions of collective bargaining agreement; assist in negotiation of new agreement upon expiration of existing agreement; participate in labor arbitrations.

5. Litigation: Monitor tort cases handled by insurance defense counsel; initiate and defend other litigation.


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