Portland Jetport parking management contract up for grabs

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PORTLAND — Ten companies are showing interest in managing parking and ground transportation services at the Portland International Jetport.

Bids for a five-year management contract with a five-year option will be opened at City Hall at 3 p.m. Thursday, July 28. Current contractor Standard Parking is among the companies that sent representatives to a mandatory pre-bid conference at the Jetport on July 12.

Standard Parking has managed the services since 2002, and has continued on a month-to-month basis since that contract expired Dec. 31, 2014, Jetport Director Paul Bradbury said July 15.

VPNE Parking Solutions and Mapco Auto Parks join Standard Parking as Portland-based companies interested in managing the services, while the seven other companies are from places that include Nashville, Washington, D.C., and San Francisco.

Standard Parking was paid almost $102,000 this year to manage the garage, five parking lots, ground transportation and snow removal, Bradbury said. The fee was paid for from $8.12 million in parking revenue. Parking revenues for the next fiscal year are estimated to be $8.11 million.

The successful bidder will oversee more than 3,400 parking spaces, with 2,325 of those spaces considered long-term parking. The Jetport garage has 2,000 spaces, including 180 short-term spaces and 238 spaces used by rental car companies.

There are 100 spaces in a “cell phone” lot, where drivers park and wait for a phone call from arriving visitors, and 22 spaces in a “pick-up” lot across from the terminal baggage claim area.

The Jetport also offers a 400-space discount lot, accessible from outer Congress Street, and adjacent to the Maine Turnpike Authority headquarters. An employee parking lot has 576 spaces.

The successful bidder would also assist in overseeing the 115 taxi companies serving the Jetport and the staging lot for taxis and other for-hire transportation.

The management fee required accounts for 20 points of the 100-point scoring system for evaluating bids. Company experience, and management and supervision methods each represent 30 points in the scoring. Future improvements and how a company works within the Jetport Sustainability Master Plan makes up the final 20 points.

The contract calls for the management company to provide emergency services for drivers, including jump starts and changing tires, and the snow removal seasonfrom Nov. 15 through April 15.

The Jetport served 1.79 million passengers in the past year. A $77 million expansion was completed in 2011. In an appendix to the RFP, Bradbury said a garage expansion is being planned in two phases. The first could be in seven to 11 years, and the second phase 12 to 20 years from now.

David Harry can be reached at 781-3661 ext. 110 or dharry@theforecaster.net. Follow him on Twitter: @DavidHarry8.

Ten companies are showing interest in managing parking at the Portland International Jetport. Bids will be opened July 28.

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Portland City Hall reporter for The Forecaster. Baltimore native, lived in Maine since 1989. A journalist since 2005, covering much of Cumberland and York counties. I joined The Forecaster in 2012.