Request for Proposal (RFP) # 901-2018 Legal Services

Tompkins Consolidated Area Transit, Inc. (TCAT, Inc.), an Ithaca, NY-based public transit agency, is welcoming proposals to provide legal services to support transit agency requirements. TCAT, Inc. has compiled general information and expected requirements within the attachment below.

The duties of legal counsel for TCAT, Inc. are expected to include:

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; advises Board and TCAT staff on corporate matters.

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.

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.

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.

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

TCAT, Inc. has an annual ridership of about 4 million annual trips and travels 1.6 million miles a year. TCAT, Inc.’s service area covers Tompkins County, which has a population in excess of 102,000. Its fleet of approximately 50 buses includes eight hybrid electric-diesel buses.

RFP Document : TCAT RFP 901-2018 Legal Services with Exhibit A

RFP responses must be received by October 9 no later than 4:00PM Local Time at the following address:

TCAT, Inc.
737 Willow Avenue
Ithaca, New York 14850
Attn: Raymond Lalley

TCAT, Inc. reserves the right to waive any informal documentation. No proprietary information shall be provided.  TCAT, Inc. hereby notifies all suppliers that in regard to any information obtained, pursuant to this RFP, disadvantaged business enterprises will be afforded full opportunity to submit a response and will not be subjected to discrimination on the basis of race, color, sex or national origin in consideration of the information solicited.

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