Notice of Household Travel Survey Request for Proposals (Updated 9/23/2019)

Notice of Household Travel Survey Request for Proposals (Updated 9/23/2019)

The Skagit Council of Governments (SCOG) solicits interest from firms and individuals with expertise in preparation of household travel surveys through a Request for Proposals (RFP). It is anticipated that an agreement will be executed by the Skagit Council of Governments and a firm or individual for this project, with an approximate 12-month term. The agreement start date is anticipated to be in November 2019 and end date in October 2020.

The Skagit Council of Governments reserves the right to amend terms of the RFP, to circulate various addenda, or to withdraw the RFP at any time, regardless of how much time and effort firms and individuals have spent on their responses.

The RFP is available here.

Project Description

The work to be performed consists of preparing a 2020 household travel survey in Skagit County, Washington with the primary purposes of providing updated information for the region’s travel demand model, including potential future expansions to the model, and an upcoming 2020–2021 update to the metropolitan-regional transportation plan.

At a minimum, the information from the household travel survey must support the calculation of:

  • Trip production rates by trip purpose;
  • Trip distribution by time of day;
  • Trip length frequency distribution;
  • Mode share of travel;
  • Travel time; and
  • Origins and destinations by geographic area.

Additional aspects of the project include:

  • Alignment of data collection timeframe with 2020 Decennial Census;
  • Targeted oversampling of low-income populations, racial and ethnic minority populations and persons with limited English proficiency;
  • Inclusion of perception and stated preference questions in the survey component in addition to the revealed preference data from the travel diaries;
  • Data collection in excess of what is now modeled at SCOG (e.g. time of day, weekend, mode split), but may be utilized in a future model update; and
  • Collection and analysis of passive data under the contract to inform the household travel survey and future modeling activities.

Evaluation Criteria

Submittals will be evaluated and ranked using the following criteria:

1) Qualifications;
2) Approach;
3) Budget; and
4) Schedule.


Proposals must be received no later than 5:00 p.m. (PDT) on October 3, 2019. Late proposals will not be accepted.

Submit four copies of the proposal by mail to:

Mark Hamilton, AICP
Senior Transportation Planner
Skagit Council of Governments
315 South Third Street, Suite #100
Mount Vernon, WA 98273

Alternatively, proposals may be emailed to

Interpretation of RFP Prior to Proposal

Any person may request interpretation, clarification or correction of the RFP. Requests may be made to clarify intended meaning of any part of the solicitation, or to correct any discrepancies or omissions identified in the specifications. Such request must be in writing (letter or email) and must be delivered to the SCOG contact person no later than 5 p.m. (PDT) on September 19, 2019. The person submitting the request is responsible for its timely delivery. Any interpretation, clarification, or correction to the RFP will be made by written addendum and will be available on the homepage of SCOG’s website (, under “Recent News”.

Any questions concerning the solicitation should be directed during the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. (PDT), Monday through Friday, to:

Mark Hamilton, AICP
Senior Transportation Planner
315 South Third Street, Suite #100
Mount Vernon, WA 98273
Telephone: (360) 416-7876

RFP questions received and responses are available here.

Americans with Disabilities Act and Section 504 Information

The Skagit Council of Governments – in accordance with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act (Section 504) and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) – commits to nondiscrimination on the basis of disability, in all of its programs and activities. This notice can be made available in an alternate format by emailing Mark Hamilton at or by calling (360) 416-7876. 

Title VI Statement

The Skagit Council of Governments, in accordance with Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and 78 Stat. 252, 42 USC 2000d-42 and Title 49, Code of Federal Regulations, Department of Transportation, Subtitle A, Office of the Secretary, Part 21: Nondiscrimination in Federally Assisted Programs of the Department of Transportation issued pursuant to such Act, hereby notifies all bidders that it will affirmatively ensure that any contract entered into pursuant to this advertisement, disadvantaged business enterprises as defined at 49 CFR Part 26 will be afforded full opportunity to submit bids in response to this invitation and will not be discriminated against on the grounds of race, color, national origin, or sex in consideration for an award.

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