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District Department of Transportation

Project Profile: D.C. Smart Street Lighting


The District has over 75,000 lights installed on our streets, alleys, and other public spaces. The lights use various inefficient bulb technologies, including incandescent and high-pressure sodium. The District is seeking a private partner to retrofit the lights with more energy-efficient light-emitting diodes (LED), install a remote monitoring and control system, and repair and maintain the fixtures under a long-term performance-based contract. This project will also incorporate smart city technologies, installing wireless access points across the District, and improving the DC-NET public WiFi program.

Executive Summaries of the All Responsive Proposals

The District received responsive proposals from Plenary Infrastructure DC (PIDC) and MAB Smart Solutions (MAB). PIDC was selected as the preferred bidder. The attached document includes the identity of each proposer, including all listed members of the proposal team, as well as the scoring for each. The contract between the District and PIDC will be transmitted to the Council for review and active approval. To read the full summary, please click here.  

Request for Public Comment

Below are the proposed Request for Proposal (RFP) documents for the DC Smart Street Lighting P3 project. DDOT is accepting public comments until Friday, January 15, 2021. The RFP is comprised of three separate documents and their appendices: Instructions to Proposers, Project Agreement, and Technical Provisions. An executive summary has been provided as well. DDOT and OP3 will host a public hearing on Tuesday, January 12, 2021, from 5:30 – 6:30 PM. A link to the virtual public meeting will be posted on this webpage. Comments can be sent to either of the following addresses:

Email:  [email protected]
Mail: DDOT / ATTN: Streetlight Division
55 M Street
Suite 400
Washington, DC 20003

Upcoming Public Meeting

Public Meeting on Proposed Request for Proposal Documents to the DC Smart Street Lighting P3 Project  

Tuesday, January 12, 2021, 5:30 PM 

District Agencies

  • District Department of Transportation (DDOT)
  • Office of the Chief Technology Officer (OCTO)

Status: In Procurement

Procurement Timeline: A Request for Qualifications (RFQ) was issued on June 21, 2017. Respondents provided Statements of Qualifications (SOQ) describing their team and approach to delivering the Project on August 28, 2017. Following the District’s review and evaluation of SOQs, the District will prequalify a number of teams, who will be the only Shortlisted Proposers invited to participate in a subsequent Request for Proposal (RFP) process. 

The District hosted an industry forum to discuss this project on January 24-25, 2017 at One Judiciary Square, 441 4th Street NW, Washington, DC 20001. It was an opportunity for potential bidders of all sizes and types to learn about the project goals and anticipated procurement process and share their feedback. Please find additional information from the event in the documents below and stay tuned for updates on the project.

Community Engagement:

Streetlight Advisory Panel

The Streetlight Advisory Panel is a group of community representatives that meet regularly to be briefed on and discuss key issues of the project. Members are selected by the Mayor and will serve from the Design and Construction phases through the first year of operations. Meetings are open to the public and are typically held on the second Tuesday of every month at DDOT headquarters at 55 M Street SE. Agendas for upcoming meetings and past meeting minutes can be found here:

Past Public Meetings

In December 2018, OP3, in coordination with DDOT, hosted four public meetings for residents to learn more about the DC Smart Street Lighting Project. Materials from those meetings can be found here:In March 2018, several community meetings were held to brief residents and other stakeholders on the project.

In November 2019, DDOT hosted two additional public meetings in open house format in Wards 2 and 4 to collect public comments. These meetings were held in accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (NEPA) and the requirements of Section 106 of the Historic Preservation Act. During the procurement process, there have been public meetings held in all eight wards of the District.

Click here to access and download the proposals for BID