MTA releases RFP for electric bus depot development in Bronx

A request for proposals (RFP) has been issued by the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) to facilitate the development of an electric bus charging facility on Gun Hill Road in the Baychester neighborhood of the Bronx.

Accelerating the MTA’s delivery of bus electrification and a zero-emissions bus fleet, the RFP calls for proposals to develop the 550,000 square foot MTA-owned industrial land adjacent to the bus depot. of Gun Hill Road. This development will have to include the construction of space for an electric bus charging facility as part of a larger industrial development. The completed depot will be the first of its kind in the Bronx.

“This tender is good for Bronx residents, for New Yorkers and for the MTA,” said MTA President and CEO Janno Lieber. “This two-part strategy will leverage funding from private developers and project management to deliver a new, modernized electric bus charging facility. Public-private partnerships of this type offer smart planning solutions and save taxpayers’ money. »

The MTA has set a goal of achieving a zero-emission bus fleet by 2040. In 2021, the MTA ordered 60 all-electric buses, a pace that will accelerate as bus production, Additional facilities and funding will be posted online. This new electric bus charging facility will allow the MTA to accelerate the conversion of other MTA bus depots in the Bronx to zero emissions.

“Industrial space options are becoming increasingly scarce in the Bronx and New York City in general,” said Jamie Torres-Springer, president of MTA Construction and Development. “This property serves as a catalyst for the large-scale electrification of our diesel-powered Bronx bus fleet by providing transition space to accelerate the conversion of our existing bus depots to electric power, making the Bronx one of first beneficiaries of carbon-free buses. . Early interest from potential developers indicates this will be the greenest industrial facility in North America, which is exciting for Bronxites as we take combustion engine vehicles off the road.

In addition to its direct benefits to the MTA’s electric fleet, the RFP will also encourage the selected developer to incorporate energy conservation and green technology into their development. With direct on/off access to Interstate-95, flexible industrial zoning with up to one million square feet of development potential, and a flat construction site, the property is perfectly suited to meet the growing demand for modern industrial distribution space.

The tender will encourage this development to be green and will result in the installation of more electric vehicle technology in the wider development, as well as the placement of an array of solar panels on the roof. Respondents could go so far as to deliver a more ambitious zero-emission urban industrial facility.

According to MTA, this tender is another example of the innovative approaches the authority is taking to leverage its existing assets to increase revenue and advance organizational priorities such as electrification. The selected developer will finance the construction of the MTA facility and pay substantial ground rent for MTA’s capital requirements, supported by the revenue that will be generated from the redevelopment of the underutilized land. This RFP is for the unused development site south of the MTA’s property only and will not affect the northwest portion of the site, which the MTA is leasing to a not-for-profit organization that provides land little league baseball.

Additional tender information, including site plans, renderings, and potential ground diagrams, is available on the MTA website. The MTA released the RFP the week of March 14.

Melvin Z. Madore