The City Commissioners approved another extension of the e-scootershare pilot program at their virtual meeting on April 8. The extension will allow micro-mobility service to continue without disruptions until permanent vendors are found.
The pilot program began in July 2019 with five vendors, and it was originally scheduled to end in October 2019. In January 2020, the Commissioners voted to extend the program either until permanent vendors are found or until April 2020, whichever comes first.
“It was anticipated that permanent vendors would be in place by the time the pilot ended,” staff reports.
A request for quotation for permanent vendors was issued following the January 2020 Commission meeting.
“This option did not take into account time to re-issue an RFQ if that was necessitated,” staff reports. “In this case, the initial bids for the permanent e-scootershare vendors were rejected to ensure all applicants have an opportunity to meet MWSBE (Minority, Women & Small Business Enterprise) aspirational targets.”
Staff reports that a second RFQ for permanent vendors is being prepared.