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Release Date: Thursday, January 21st 2016

PDP releases RFP for Pedestrian Traffic Study




RFP Issued: January 21, 2016

RFP Deadline: February 11, 2016 at 4:00 p.m.


The Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership (PDP) conducts research and studies to maintain data that can be used to implement innovative programs and initiatives to foster a welcoming neighborhood for everyone who lives, works and plays in Downtown Pittsburgh.

In 2006, 2008, 2010, and 2012, the PDP contracted with consultants to perform pedestrian traffic counts and opinion surveys that shed light on traffic patterns and pedestrian opinions. Previously released as its own report, the data is now a part of the comprehensive State of Downtown Pittsburgh report released in the spring. Findings from 2006, 2008, 2010, and 2012 can be found here.

The PDP is soliciting proposals from consultants that will plan for and conduct a pedestrian traffic count and intercept survey at the end of April 2016 and present findings by June 1, 2016. This research will be conducted in a similar manner as the 2006-2012 surveys, and the findings will be compared in a final report.


The Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership seeks a consultant to perform a pedestrian traffic count and intercept opinion survey to derive statistically valid and defensible pedestrian traffic numbers, demographics, and opinions of Downtown Pittsburgh to compare to the 2006, 2008, 2010, and 2012 studies of the same when appropriate.


Pedestrian Traffic Count

  • Conduct pedestrian traffic count for three consecutive days at eight locations in Downtown Pittsburgh as selected by the PDP
  • Conduct counting on a Thursday, Friday, and Saturday during the hours of 7:00am to 11:00pm each of the three days (PDP may choose to limit nighttime counts to fewer than eight locations)
  • Quantify and compare hourly traffic patterns per each location and weekday/weekend traffic
  • Compare and contrast 2016 findings versus 2012, 2010, 2008, and 2006 results

Pedestrian Traffic Survey

  • Conduct pedestrian traffic intercept opinion surveys for three consecutive days at multiple  locations in Downtown Pittsburgh as selected by the PDP
  • Identify reason for the pedestrian’s visit to Downtown and quantify frequency
  • Identify the pedestrian’s mode of travel to Downtown and the specific Downtown destination
  • Profile demographic characteristics including gender, age, and income levels
  • Conduct survey of other questions as deemed necessary by the PDP, at no more than three minutes in length
  • Compare and contrast 2016 findings versus 2012, 2010, 2008, and 2006 results, where applicable

The consultant will deliver a detailed report and presentation of all findings to the PDP. The PDP will own all data, findings, and materials related to this project. The consultant will provide both hard copies and electronic files of the survey, raw data, and all presentation materials.


RFP Released by PDP - 1/21/2016

Proposals due to PDP - 2/11/2016

Applicants notified of selection - 2/19/2016

PDP and consultant review and finalize survey questions - 3/25/2016

Consultant collects pedestrian data and conducts survey - 4/21/2016 – 4/23/2016

Final data and results due to PDP - 6/1/2016


1.Letter of Interest signed by signatory official of the company

2.Demonstration of familiarity with subject area through prior relevant experience and examples

3.Detail of deliverables and methodology for project planning, data collection, and presentation

4.Organization and staffing including person managing and what personnel will be used to complete the project

5.Proposed budget and details for carrying out the project


Responses are due by 4:00 p.m. on Thursday, February 11, 2016 and must be submitted electronically via email to Brian Kurtz, Director of Economic Development at  

General questions and requests for clarification must be submitted via email to Brian Kurtz.


Portions of the funding for the contract could be provided from sources through the Federal Highway Administration and/or the Federal Transit Administration and/or the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation. Any contracts awarded will contain provisions required by the federal and state funding sources, as appropriate.

The selected vendor will be required to show proof of general liability insurance and will need to list entities including but not limited to Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership as additional insured.

About the Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership:

The Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership (PDP) is a dynamic, nonprofit organization comprised of business and community leaders, property owners, civic organizations, foundations and residents who provide energy, vision and advocacy for Downtown Pittsburgh. Working collaboratively with its partners, the PDP advances initiatives that foster economic vitality and improve Downtown life – for a moment or for a lifetime. The PDP’s strategic initiatives include clean and safe services, transportation, economic development, marketing and advocacy. For more information,

CLICK HERE for the electronic version of the RFP.

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