Amman Queen Alia Light Rail Project - Pre-Feasibility Study



Business sector:

Municipal and environmental infrastructure

Funding source:

EC SEMED Project Preparation Framework - NIF FUNDED

Contract type:

Consultancy Services

Notice type:

Invitation for expressions of interest (CSU)

Issue date:

05 Jun 2015

Closing date:

30 Jun 2015   at  00:59   London

Access eSelection

Project Description: The Ministry of Transport (the “Ministry”) of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan has expressed an interest in obtaining support from the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (the “EBRD” or the “Bank”) for the preparation of a modernised and enhanced system of Light Rail Transit (“LRT”) operations between El-Mahatta in Amman (the “City”) and the Queen Alia International Airport (the “Project”).

The Ministry has requested the Bank’s assistance in establishing structured public transport services across the country through various interventions, including this Project. Through these interventions the Ministry would like to reduce traffic and congestions on roads, improve health and safety of the public as well as reduce pollution. The Project will be designed to address the lack of public transportation, especially from/to the airport by improving transport links with the airport and introducing institutional reform in the sector and introduction of public service contracts and a private sector operator, as feasible.

The Project aims to utilise the existing rail corridor from Amman central station at El-Mahatta to Jeeza, a 35 km length single track narrow-gauge railway passing through Um El Heran and Elubbeh stations (with passing lines) and including 1 tunnel, 1 bridge, 3 road underpasses and 21 at-grade road crossings, of which 5 major (2x2 road). Connection to Queen Alia International Airport would require additional 2 km branch line and airport terminal.

In order to identify EBRD’s potential involvement in the Project, the Bank is seeking a consultant (the “Consultant”) to provide an initial assessment of project rationale and outline feasibility, including an expert analysis of various technical considerations, route analysis and connectivity, investment requirements (rolling stock and infrastructure) and potential private sector involvement in the operation of the future LRT system.

Assignment Description: The Consultant shall carry out the following tasks:

(i) determine project rationale within existing urban and transport planning frameworks of the project corridor, including Greater Amman Area, Queen Alia International Airport and national rail network;
(ii) review proposed LRT corridor and station/terminal locations, with respect to land availability, urban integration issues and transport interconnectivity;
(iii) review current traffic flows, notably public transport services (airport buses etc) along the El-Mahatta, Amman – Queen Alia Airport corridor (routes, frequencies, ridership);
(iv) identification of project options considering inter-alia rail gauge, train type (tram, tram-train or train), line capacity (single-double track, signalling etc), alignment/nodal connectivity and level of service. The proposed LRT options shall integrate urban and transport-level planning and the potential for suburban rail services along the airport link.
(v) determine an initial ridership demand forecast for each project option, based notably on level of service and interconnectivity and using local and international benchmarking where appropriate;
(vi) identify system requirements capable of meeting forecast demands in the City, analyse project barriers and risks, such as construction risk for the LRT rail infrastructure;
(vii) identify implementation options (including public and PPP) with related public sector, prepare initial cost/revenue flows for LRT operation; and,
(viii) define an action plan including further studies and implementation arrangements.

Below you will find a link to the full Terms of Reference for this Assignment.

Status of Selection Process: Interested firms or groups of firms are hereby invited to submit expressions of interest.

Assignment Start Date and Duration: The Assignment is expected to start in July 2015 and has an estimated overall duration of 3 months.

Cost Estimate for the Assignment: EUR 74,500 (exclusive of VAT). Subject to availability of funding, the performance of the selected Consultant and the specific needs of the Bank, the Assignment may be extended beyond the current scope.

The Consultant must determine whether any VAT would be chargeable on the services and the basis for that determination, without taking into consideration the special status of the Bank as an IFI and state this to the Bank in their response to the Invitation for Expressions of Interest. To the extent that a Consultant incurs input VAT on goods and services purchased in connection with the provision of services (e.g. VAT on airline ticket) which is not otherwise recoverable by the consultant from the local tax authority, the gross cost to the consultant of such expenses shall be treated as a reimbursable expense.

Funding Source: European Commission - Neighbourhood Investment Facility (NIF). Please note selection and contracting will be subject to the availability of funding.

Eligibility: There are no eligibility restrictions; however consultant selection and contracting will be subject to availability of funding.

Consultant Profile: Corporate services are required. The Consultant will be a firm or group of firms with:
1) extensive project experience in LRT planning, operation and maintenance;
2) track record of carrying out similar assignments;
3) project experience in the region, preferably in Jordan.

The team tasked with the Assignment shall include the following key experts:

• Urban Transport Specialist: preferably with 15 years’ experience in planning and preparation of LRT systems in major cities, design and implementation train procurement, operations and maintenance;
• LRT expert: preferably with 15 years’ experience in procurement, operations and maintenance of public transport railway systems including LRT;
• Transport economist: preferably with 10 years’ experience, familiar with public transport railway systems;
• Legal specialist: preferably with 10 years’ experience in commercial law practice, including PPP, transport and/or regulatory sectors.

The Consultant’s team will also comprise other experts (including local experts) as required by project needs.

Submission Requirements: In order to determine the capability and experience of Consultants seeking to be selected for this Assignment, the information submitted should include the following:

1. Brief overview of the firm/group of firms including company profile, organisation and staffing (max. 2-4 pages).

2. Details of similar previous project experience and related assignments particularly undertaken in the previous five years, including information on contract value, contracting entity/client, project location/country, duration (mm/yy to mm/yy), expert months provided (if different from duration) , main activities, objectives.

3. CVs of key experts who could carry out the Assignment detailing qualifications, experience in similar assignments, particularly assignments undertaken in the previous five years, including information on contracting entity/client, project location/country, duration (mm/yy to mm/yy), expert months provided, assignment budget, main activities, objectives.

4. A proposed approach for implementing the Assignment (including a workplan) and team allocation schedule (max 5-10 pages).

5. Completed Consultant Declaration Form and Contact Sheet, the template for which is available from the following web-link:

The above information should not exceed 35 pages excluding CVs and contact sheet.

The complete expression of interest (including the proposed approach, CVs, Consultant Declaration and Contact Sheet)prepared in English should be submitted electronically in eSelection, to reach the Bank not later than the closing date. The expression of interest shall be one file (pdf). The EBRD reserves the right to reject applications of firms submitting more than one file. Only if the permissible file size is exceeded (4MB), the Consultant may split the expression of interest into further files.

Bank Contact Person:

Olesya Kerridge
Technical Co-operation
European Bank for Reconstruction and Development
One Exchange Square
London EC2A 2JN
Tel: + 44 20 7338 6895

Notes: The selection will normally be made from responses to this notification only. Consultants will not be asked to submit a proposal. The highest-ranked Consultant will be selected from a shortlist and be invited to negotiate the contract, subject to availability of funding.

The evaluation criteria are as follows:

(a) Firm’s project experience of LRT planning, operation and maintenance (20%)
(b) Firm’s track record of carrying out similar assignments (15%)
(c) Firm’s demonstrated experience in the region, preferably in Jordan (15%)
(d) CVs of the proposed experts (50%)