City Releases RFI for Former BlueIndy Infrastructure
City will accept submissions through August 14
INDIANAPOLIS – Today the City of Indianapolis released a Request For Information (RFI) for the creative reuse of electric and telecommunications infrastructure originally designated for the electric vehicle carsharing company BlueIndy. The infrastructure consists of 89 sites formerly used as electric vehicle charging spaces.
Respondents are encouraged to offer solutions that take advantage of previous investments by the City and Indianapolis Power & Light and do not require additional City funding. The City is interested in reviewing options for these sites that align with the stated goals of improving social, economic, and personal mobility for Indianapolis residents. Of interest are responses that are:
• Innovative – Utilize and advance promising new technologies and solutions.
• Equitable – Address opportunities and needs in economically disinvested neighborhoods.
• Responsive to community needs – Provide solutions that are context- and location-specific and address specific needs surrounding particular locations (including needs that are not related to transportation).
• Enhancing new or existing commercial activity – Promote economic growth and success for businesses, organizations, and residents in the neighborhood.
Submitted ideas should be oriented around an expected timeframe of 12 months to three years in order to enable the City to be nimble and responsive to changing demands. There will be an option for extension if the program is successful.
The RFI can be found at indy.gov/workflow/find-bid-opportunities as RFI-14DPW-01302. The City will be taking submissions until August 14. Responses should be limited to 5-7 pages and submitted via e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
BlueIndy announced in November 2019 that it would be leaving Indianapolis after five years. Following the company’s decision to exit from the Indianapolis market, City leadership committed to continued collaboration with the broad coalition of advocates who want to ensure that financially-sustainable options for the existing electric charging infrastructure are fully explored.