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NJ TRANSIT SEEKING WI-FI FOR CUSTOMERS

Request for Proposals issued for provision of wireless broadband service onboard trains and at rail stations

September 1, 2010
NJT-10-056

NEWARK, NJ — As part of an ongoing effort to enhance customers’ onboard experience, NJ TRANSIT today announced that it is seeking a provider of wireless broadband (Wi-Fi) internet service at rail stations and onboard trains and has issued a request for proposals (RFP) from qualified firms.

 

“The provision of wireless internet service would be a welcome amenity for our customers, enabling those who wish to remain connected and productive during their commute to do so continuously,” said NJ TRANSIT Executive Director James Weinstein.  “We hope to receive responses from qualified wireless service providers to advance our plan to bring the Internet aboard NJ TRANSIT trains in the near future.”

 

A Wi-Fi network across the NJ TRANSIT rail system would allow access to most internet applications, including web browsing, email access, Virtual Private Network (VPN) applications, file uploads and downloads, and video and audio streaming.

 

The selected firm(s) will be responsible for the design and architecture of the system to be used, including a list of materials, software, functionality of each module and all connections between system components as well as an implementation schedule.

 

NJ TRANSIT is encouraging all interested firms to attend a pre-proposal conference on Thursday, September 9 at 10 a.m. at the NJ TRANSIT Headquarters building in Newark. 

 

The RFP is due by 4 p.m. on September 30, 2010, addressed as follows:

 

NJ TRANSIT

Procurement Department

One Penn Plaza East

Newark, N.J.  07105-2246

Re:  RFP No. 11-001

Attn: Bid Desk

 

For more information, interested firms may contact the NJ TRANSIT Bid Desk at 973-491-7546, or visit njtransit.com and click on “Doing Business.”

 

NJ TRANSIT anticipates awarding a contract by the end of the year at no cost to the agency.

 

About NJ TRANSIT

 

NJ TRANSIT is the nation's largest statewide public transportation system providing more than 895,000 weekday trips on 240 bus routes, three light rail lines and 12 commuter rail lines. It is the third largest transit system in the country with 165 rail stations, 60 light rail stations and more than 18,000 bus stops linking major points in New Jersey, New York and Philadelphia.