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Outside Counsel for Land Court Petition Services “II”

Solicitation Type: Proposal
Advertisement Date: February 15, 2022
Due Date: March 18, 2022 2:00 pm
Solicitation ID: RFP-HRT-2200584
Contact: transitmailbox@honolulu.gov
Status: active

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1.0 OVERVIEW 

The Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transportation (“HART”) is a semi-autonomous agency of the City and County of Honolulu (“City”), created pursuant to an amendment to the Revised Charter of the City and County of Honolulu 1973 (“RCH”) to develop, operate, and maintain the Honolulu Rail Transit Project (“HRTP”). This Request for Proposals (“RFP”) is issued by HART to identify Persons qualified to submit competitive sealed proposals for the Outside Counsel for Land Court Petition Services of the HRTP. “Persons” means any individual, firm, corporation, company, LLC, LLP, joint venture, voluntary association, partnership, trust, or public or private organization, other legal entity, or combination thereof.

1.1 HRTP Description 

The HRTP will provide high-capacity rapid transit service in the travel corridor between East Kapolei and Ala Moana Center. This corridor includes the majority of housing and employment on O’ahu. The north-south width of the corridor is a maximum of four (4) miles, with the corridor constrained by the Ko’olau and Wai’anae Mountain Ranges to the north and the Pacific Ocean to the south.

The HRTP is identified in the Final Environmental Impact Statement (“FEIS”) as the design, construction and operation of a twenty (20) mile grade-separated fixed guideway transit system between East Kapolei and Ala Moana Center. All parts of the guideway will be elevated, except near Leeward Community College where it will be at-grade. The system will incorporate steel wheel on steel rail technology. The HRTP includes twenty-one (21) stations, one (1) Rail Operations Center (ROC), and eighty (80) light metro vehicles and associated core systems.

The FEIS was released in June 2010 and a Final Supplemental EIS and Amended Record of Decision (ROD) were released in September 2013. The FEIS and additional information on the HRTP can be found at: https://honolulutransit.org.

1.2 Outside Counsel for Land Court Petition Services

The selected Offeror (or “Contractor”) shall perform legal services in support of HART’s acquisition of real property in Land Court. Legal services will include legal research, analysis, drafting petitions and other legal documents, and representation of HART in Land Court proceedings. Surveys, written legal descriptions for the property and exhibits for recording purposes will be provided by others.

The Contractor’s scope of work will include, but is not limited to:

  1. Assisting in the development of Task Orders;
  2. Conducting the research and analysis as required
  3. Identifying appropriate actions required to perfect acquisition and recording of the property;
  4. Conducting a quality review of filing documentation provided by others;
  5. Notifying HART of any deficiencies and required corrections;
  6. Performing services needed to successfully complete the Land Court filing;
  7. Participating in any hearings related to the Land Court filing;
  8. Providing HART appropriate documentation of the transaction; RFP-HRT-2200584 Instructions to Offerors Outside Counsel for Land Court Petition Services “II” Page 2 of 13
  9. Assist in the preparation and execution of real estate documentation such as memorandum of understandings, purchase and sales agreements, settlement agreements, and easement documents; and
  10. Performing other related work as specified by HART.


Because the timing and level of effort required to perform the work cannot be determined in advance, the work will be assigned by Task Orders. The scope, budget and schedule for work performed under this Contract will be assigned and negotiated through stand-alone Task Orders. There is no guarantee of any specific work or specific type of work described in Appendix A. The selected Offeror must be prepared and equipped to provide its services. 

Notwithstanding the above, the Contractor is guaranteed Task Orders in a cumulative amount of at least TWENTY FIVE THOUSAND AND NO/100 DOLLARS ($25,000.00). The Maximum Amount of Task Orders issued under this Contract shall not exceed the contract value.

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