The MPO occasionally seeks consultants to assist with its work. Requests for qualifications (RFQ) and requests for proposals (RFP) will be posted here.

Des Moines Transload Facility Development & Operations RFP

The Des Moines Area Metropolitan Planning Organization seeks an operator to develop a rail transload facility in Des Moines with a respondent that has knowledge of, and prior successful experience with, developing and operating rail transload facilities.

Click here for the complete Request for Proposal 

The Des Moines Area Transload Facility project is vital to the transportation and economy of the Greater Des Moines region with global reaching impacts. The project includes the construction of a transloading facility on the east side of the City of Des Moines. This facility will have access to three Class I railroads and one Class II railroad, and will provide a vital connection between Central Iowa and our coastal ports. Transloading opportunities are currently lacking in Central Iowa and major businesses within the region have indicated that they would utilize such a facility.

Additional Information: 

Exhibit A: Transload Facility Location Map
Exhibit B: Des Moines Rail Transload Feasibility Study
Exhibit C: Letters of Interest from Potential Clients
Exhibit D: City of Des Moines Standard Insurance Requirements

All questions regarding the RFP should be directed to:

Zach Young, Principal Planner
515.334.0075 ext. 208

Responses are due by 5:00 p.m. Tuesday, November 6, 2018.   Responses should be submitted electronically to zyoung@dmampo.org.

The timeline for the RFP process is as follows:

September 25, 2018 – RFP posted on MPO website
November 6, 2018 – RFP responses due
November 12-16, 2018 – RFP Selection Committee develops shortlist of potential operators
December 3-14, 2018 – Shortlisted operators are interviewed by the Selection Committee
January 17, 2018 – Preferred operator approved by MPO Policy Committee