California Road Charge Pilot Workshop Announced

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By Thinking Highways September 28, 2015 09:51

California Road Charge Pilot Workshop Announced

D’Artagnan Consulting, the California State Transportation Agency and the California Department of Transportation are hosting a workshop for vendors interested in learning more about the forthcoming California Road Charge Pilot Project and how they can compete to participate, an industry source reports. The workshop will be held Wednesday-Friday, 4-6 November 2015 in the San Francisco Bay Area. Registration instructions are below.

Later this year (December 2015) the California Road Charge Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) will complete its pilot project design recommendations as directed by California Senate Bill 1077 (2014). Vendor procurement will begin once the TAC’s recommendations are complete and submitted. The pilot test is scheduled to commence in summer 2016.

General descriptions of the services to be procured are provided below; the vendor workshop will provide much more detail related to the project and vendor procurement process and timeline.

Workshop Format:

  • November 4 Morning: General Session for all attendees.  The General Session will include a brief statement by Jim Madaffer, chair of the TAC, followed by detailed explanation of the project and procurement process, with a question and answer session.
  • November 4 Afternoon: One-on-one meetings where vendors may meet with the procurement team to share information about their products and services, and ask questions about the project.
  • November 5 all-day: One-on-one meetings.
  • November 6 all-day: Available only if all time slots for the November 4 and 5 one-on-one sessions are filled.

Openings for one-on-one interviews are limited, and will be assigned on a first-come first-served basis. Participation in the one-on-one sessions is not required in order to bid on the project. However, information gathered during the one-on-one meetings may be used to shape the procurement approach.

If you would like to attend the vendor workshop, please register for the workshop by replying to this e-mail/correspondence with the names and e-mails of the individuals who will be attending, the vendor categories you may be interested in bidding on, and whether you would like to have a one-on-one session. There is no charge to attend the workshop.  A block of hotel rooms is reserved at the venue at a significantly reduced rate; hotel block information and a detailed agenda will be provided to workshop registrants.

It is anticipated that services will be procured in the following two vendor categories:

  1. Mileage Reporting Technology Provider – A vendor that provides at least one of the following technologies (all five technologies will be procured):
  • On-Board Diagnostics (OBDII) mileage meter that does not contain a global positioning system (GPS) but is capable of measuring miles driven and other relevant data, and communicating the mileage measurements to an account manager.
  • GPS-enabled OBDII mileage meter capable of measuring miles driven and other relevant data, and communicating the mileage measurements to an account manager.
  • Smartphone mileage meter: an application that runs on a smartphone and measures mileage driven by a vehicle and transmits that information to an account manager via the smartphone.
  • Automaker telematics interface: a means by which the mileage and other relevant data may be gathered from the vehicle’s telematics system and transmits the data to an account manager (only with consent of the driver).
  • Commercial vehicle mileage meter: a device suitable for commercial vehicles that measures mileage and other relevant data and transmits that information to an account manager.
  1. Account Manager – a company that interacts with pilot participants and manages their road charge accounts based on mileage reported from the driver’s chosen mileage reporting technology.

Multiple Mileage Reporting Technology and Account Management vendor awards are expected through the request for proposal (RFP) process that will commence shortly after the workshop. Vendors may bid on multiple categories.

To register for the workshop, please email with:

  1. Your company’s name;
  2. Name(s) of attendees;
  3. Vendor category or categories in which you have interest;
  4. An indication of whether you wish to schedule a one-on-one meeting with the project team.
Thinking Highways
By Thinking Highways September 28, 2015 09:51