RFP for Permanent Traffic Counters Installation

MassDOT has not been able to issue a definitive answer as to whether all 13 FHWA vehicle classifications are necessary data points for the permanent traffic counter technology. MVC suspects a less granular differentiation of vehicles will be permissible. If responding to the RFP, a budget scenario for technology capable of breaking out all 13 classes AND a budget for 3-5 classes (ie. mopeds and motorcycles, conventional cars, pickup trucks and SUVS, and finally larger trucks & trailers) will also be helpful for our review.

**Deadline for Submissions Extended**

The MVC is seeking to contract with an entity possesing experience designing and installing automated permanent traffic counters, along with wireless date retrevial of this recorded data. There are several locations across the island identified for this project. All responses are due no later than September 5, 2018 by 5:00 PM. 
There is an optional pre-response conference call on August 9th at 11 AM.
Call in info:
Phone: 1 (888) 468-1195
Participant PIN: 829856#
The deadline for questions about the RFP is August 13th at 10 AM.
The award and notice to proceed will be issued on September 24, 2018.
A copy of the RFP can be found here.
Roadway layouts for the six proposed locations can be found below:
All locations except for Edgartown-Vineyard Haven Road are on State owned right of ways.
Good luck to all respondents!

Martha's Vineyard is an island.

  • As an island, it is accessible by boat or air.
  • Its explosion in popularity over the past generation has resulted in rapid growth, straining a road network designed for a much smaller population.  Although roadway, ferry, and air traffic has leveled in recent years, off-season and up-Island automobile traffic is still rising.
  • As a summer resort, there is a nearly four-fold fluctuation in the number of people on the Island, leading to seasonal congestion and safety problems, and straining of infrastructure capacities.
  • The Island’s largely scattered population means that the motor vehicle will probably continue to be the dominant form of transportation and it is challenging to offer alternative means of transportation.
  • As a place with unique environmental, scenic, and historic qualities, there is ongoing concern about the impact of transportation on these important features of the Vineyard.

As the population continues to grow, the challenge will be how to deal with increasing traffic demand while avoiding inappropriate physical engineering solutions that undermine the Vineyard’s scenic beauty. The main way to do this is by strengthening alternative modes of getting around. Fortunately, the Island has an excellent public transit system run by the Vineyard Transit Authority. It already has 35 miles of off-road Shared Use Paths (bike paths) and several extensions are planned. 

The transportation section of the website is organized in four parts:


Mike Mauro
Transportation Program Manager
508-693-3453 ext.116
[email protected]

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The Stone Building
33 New York Avenue
Oak Bluffs, MA 02557

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