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Inside Look: How Cities are Spending on Transportation to Respond to COVID-19

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on July 7, 2020

The coronavirus (COVID-19) is continuing to fundamentally shape the way that the public sector operates and does business in all industries. As cities and other public agencies are responding to the ongoing pandemic, GovWin’s team of state and local market analysts are reporting on key themes and providing information in a free Coronavirus Government Response Resource Center.

Here are three ways that cities, counties and other government agencies are spending on transportation in response to the pandemic, along with examples of relevant transportation projects that were recently awarded, put out to bid or included in an agency’s future spending plan.

Increasing Vehicle Cleaning and Disinfection

As cities balance the need to manage the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic while also keeping their economies intact, many of them are seeing a greater necessity for Operations & Maintenance services like regular vehicle cleaning and disinfection in order to keep their transportation services up and running safely. Governments are both looking to their in-house teams and outside maintenance/cleaning service providers to keep both their vehicles and transportation systems safe.

Public Safety Vehicle Cleaning – City of Providence, RI

Providence recently requested proposals from qualified vendors to provide the city with thorough cleaning services for its public safety vehicles.

Cleaning and Maintenance – City of Thousand Oaks, CA

Thousand Oaks has requested proposals for cleaning services for its Community Transportation Center, including cleaning and maintenance of bus stops and shelters.

Maintaining Essential Transportation Services

It is expected that most government agencies will be dealing with funding stress and uncertainty brought on by the pandemic for the foreseeable future, making it all the more important that they are as efficient and cost-effective as possible in maintaining the critical transit services that their citizens rely on. This could include public transit, student transportation, or other vital services.

Student Transportation Services – City of New Orleans, LA

New Orleans is preparing for potentially sending students back to in-person schools in the fall, and has requested proposals for student transportation services.

Transportation Support Services – City of Chelsea, MA

Chelsea plans to award a contract to a private vendor for supplying emergency food distribution and critical medical transportation support services.

Spending on Electric Vehicles and Supporting Infrastructure

Cities that do not already have sustainable transportation infrastructure in place might be hesitant to make major purchases on new fleets. But those that already have high support for electric vehicles could be more inclined to spend to make sure their existing green transportation services are running smoothly, to avoid costly replacement purchases.

Electric Vehicle Charging Stations – Village of Oak Park, IL

Oak Park has existing electric vehicle (EV) infrastructure already installed, and is seeking a vendor to provide several more EV charging stations throughout the village.

Electric Vehicle Services – City of Perth Amboy, NJ

Perth Amboy is preparing to award a contract to a vendor who can provide electric vehicle services and the installation of additional EV infrastructure.

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Nick Schiffler is a business-to-government (B2G) market analyst and content marketer for GovWin from Deltek. Follow them on Twitter and LinkedIn to stay up to date with the latest government market insights.