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Company to Provide Services to Eligible Residents

Promise Rides Transportation Program

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District of Columbia Department of For-Hire Vehicles (DFHV)

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09/23/22 Midnight (12:00 AM) PT


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Grant to a Washington, DC taxi or transportation company to manage a transportation services program for District residents. Funding is intended for the provision of transportation to predetermined destinations for individuals who have been impacted by violent crime. The grantee will offer for-hire services to eligible residents.

The Department of For-Hire Vehicles (“DFHV”) is seeking an approved Digital Taxi Solution (“DTS”) provider, transportation network company (“TNC”), or a business partnership of a DTS and a TNC provider as a single entity (hereinafter “Awardee” or “Applicant”) to provide transportation service supporting Building Blocks DC’s (“BBDC”) Promise Rides program.

The purpose of this project is to provide transportation services for District of Columbia (“DC") residents who have been impacted by the effects of a violent crimes by removing transportation barriers and connect victims, at risk individuals or returning citizens to community-based services. The development and implementation of the program must be flexible for constituents of the Gun Violence Prevention (“GVP”) community and adapted to several variety of needs such as connecting victims of or those directly impacted by gun violence to trauma services, as well as job training, education, interviews for employment, medical centers, and social service locations. This is a newer initiative continually being enhanced for DC residents. This project also is managed by DFHV who has partnered with BBDC to continue and enhance this transportation service throughout Fiscal Year 2023 (“FY23”). 

Applicants are expected to provide a cost-effective, high-quality transportation services on behalf of BBDC to DC residents seeking these services. Providers are expected to offer curb-to-curb service, with up to two pickups (one for the passenger and one for an escort) to a list of predetermined sites.

The program will emphasize coordination between several parties, such as, DFHV and BBDC staff, community-based social and medical support service providers and escort aides (when required). The program will provide both on-demand and pre-booked transportation services, that is available through multiple booking modes. 

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 205555

Number of Grants:

Anticipated # of Awards: 1

Estimated Size of Grant:

The total value of the grant, which is subject to change by BBDC, is one hundred and fifty thousand dollars ($150,000) for completed trips.

Promise Rides trips shall be reimbursed at a flat trip rate of twenty-two dollars ($22), and a fifteen-dollar ($15) “no show” if the trip request is cancelled within the ten (10) minute pick up timeline or the customer does not show within the ten (10) minute pickup timeline.

Term of Contract:

The applicant must be ready to begin service within fourteen calendar days or less of award and willing to participate in the planning and testing activities with DFHV and BBDC prior to service launch, if needed. The anticipated program start date is October 1, 2022 and will continue throughout FY2023 (September 30, 2023). The program will operate 24 hours per day, 365 days per year.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible Applicants: DFHV licensed taxicab companies or transportation network companies who have current and valid operating authority as a Digital Taxicab Solution (“DTS”) Provider or a Digital Dispatch and Phone Dispatch Services (DDS), or a joint business partnership identifying the lead and roles per provider.

The District requires all grant recipients to meet the requirements listed below:
1. Clean Hands Certificate,
2. Promises, Certifications, and Assurances: Appendix I must be signed and dated ,
3. Insurance Affidavit: Appendix II must be signed and dated,
4. Certification of Insurances: Appendix III describes the COIs and waiver of subrogation needed to be submitted,
5. IRS W-9 form: A completed IRS (2017) form W-9,
6. Current DC Business License, and
7. Current Certified Business Enterprise (“CBE”) certification (not required but 10 additional points will be added to each applicant submitting a CBE certification).

For non-allowable uses of grant funds, see

Pre-proposal Conference:

Applicants interested in learning more or who would like to ask questions about the RFA are strongly encouraged to participate in the information session scheduled on Thursday, September 8, 2022; 1:30 pm – 2:30 pm EST. During the session, applicants will be walked through the online application portal, and DFHV staff will clearly explain the requirements for the 2023 MyRides program and answer all related questions.

Applicants may join DFHV staff online or by calling:

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Meeting number (access code): 2312 932 7851
Meeting password: JGhTy8id73N

Tap to join from a mobile device (attendees only)
+1-202-860-2110,,23129327851## United States Toll (Washington D.C.)
+1-650-479-3208,,23129327851## Call-in toll number (US/Canada)

Pre-Application Information:

- Release Date of RFA: Friday, September 2, 2022
- Online Application will be open on Midnight PT, Friday, September 2, 2022.
- If you are unable to attend the information session, we encourage you to email your questions before Wednesday, September 7, 2022 at 1 pm EST
- Deadline: Midnight (12:00 a.m.) PT September 23, 2022
- Start Date: October 1, 2022, or upon resource availability.

Grant funds will be provided on a reimbursement basis, except that an advance of funds may be provided in limited circumstances with prior written approval from the DFHV.

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Email questions to

Program Contact:
Charles Davis, Program Analyst
202-740-4825 or

Department of For-Hire Vehicles
2235 Shannon Place, SE, Suite 3001
Washington, DC 20020

Funding or Pin Number:

RFA No.: P.R. 2022-5-8

URL for Full Text (RFP):

Geographic Focus:

USA: Washington, DC

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