Contracting Opportunities

The RTC conducts transportation planning activities and implements some capital projects, consistent with long-range plans and other guiding documents.

Transportation planning efforts, programs, and capital projects require the expertise of many professionals, and RTC employs the services of contractors to accomplish some of these activities.

Qualified vendors able to fulfill the specifications and meet the terms and conditions required are encouraged to submit bids/offers in response to Requests for Proposals (RFPs), Requests for Qualifications (RFQs) and informal bid requests.

All solicitations include details regarding the project, needed services, required qualifications, timeline, and the requirements for successful proposers. It is the proposer’s responsibility to ensure that a bid or proposal is received by the RTC prior to the time and date specified. To be notified of contracting opportunities, please submit a request form.

Current Contract Opportunities

Highway 9 – San Lorenzo Valley Complete Streets Corridor Plan

  • The Santa Cruz County Regional Transportation Commission (RTC) invites proposals for services to prepare a multimodal transportation plan for the Highway 9 corridor through San Lorenzo Valley in Santa Cruz County.
  • Proposals are due at 3:00 pm on Tuesday, January 17, 2017
  • A pre-proposal meeting will be held on Wednesday, December 14, 2016 at 1:30 pm at the RTC office, 1523 Pacific Ave, Santa Cruz, CA
  • Anticipated contract award date is February/March 2017
  • Download Request for Proposal (RFP)
  • Sample RTC Standard Contract
  • All inquires related to this RFP should be directed to: Rachel Moriconi, Transportation Planner, or 831-460-3200.

Unified Corridor Investment Study

Contract Opportunities Pending Award


Recent Contracts Awarded

Mar Vista Bike/Pedestrian Crossing of Highway 1

  • Description: Preliminary engineering design and environmental analysis services for bicycle/pedestrian bridge over Highway 1 near Mar Vista Drive.
  • Anticipated contract award date is September 2016
  • Contract Manager: Kim Shultz, Senior Transportation Planner
  • Award Date: November 3, 2016
  • Awarded to: Moffat and Nichol, Inc.

Call Box Call Answering Center

  • Description: Establish and operate a Call Box Call Answering Center (CAC) that will answer 100% of the voice and TTY calls generated by the RTC SAFE call box program.
  • Contract Manager: Amy Naranjo
  • Award Date: August 4, 2016.
  • Awarded to: CDS Net

User Oriented Transit Planning Project

  • Description: Advise the RTC in the project design to ensure consistency with industry standards and to complete an analysis of project effectiveness.
  • Contract Manager: Grace Blakeslee
  • Award Date: June 2, 2016
  • Awarded to: Steer Davies Gleeve

Survey of Likely Voters

  • Description: Survey Santa Cruz County voters on transportation projects and funding.
  • Contract Manager: Luis Mendez
  • Award date: May 5, 2016
  • Awarded to: Fairbank, Maslin, Maullin, Metz & Associates (FM3)
  • For more information: please visit the Transportation Improvement Plan webpage

Sustainable Transportation Prioritization Plan for Santa Cruz County – Engagement Component  

  • Description: Develop, manage, and implement public outreach strategies to engage the community about benefits of a sustainable transportation system, transportation funding needs, and short and long range transportation priorities.
  • Contract Manager: Karena Pushnik
  • Award date: March 2016
  • Awarded to: MIG

Sustainable Transportation Prioritization Plan for Santa Cruz County – Visualization Component 

  • Description: Produce visualizations that will function as interactive scenario exploration tools to tell ‘digital stories’ based on potential future transportation infrastructure choices, land uses, and energy and climate change strategies.
  • Contract Manager: Karena Pushnik
  • Award date: March 2016
  • Awarded to: MIG and Owlized

Transportation Improvement Plan – Public Information Consultants

  • Description: Perform public outreach activities associated with the Transportation Improvement Plan measure to be placed on the November 2016 ballot.
  • Contract Managers: George Dondero/Karena Pushnik
  • Award date: February 2016
  • Awarded to: TBWB and Miller Maxfield
  • For more information: please visit the Transportation Improvement Plan webpage

2015 Triennial Performance Audits Request for Proposals

  • Description: Conduct performance audits of the RTC, the Santa Cruz Metropolitan Transit District, Community Bridges and the Volunteer Center for fiscal years 2012/13 through 2014/15 in compliance with relevant state requirements.
  • Contract Managers: Luis Mendez/Daniel Nikuna
  • Award date: November 19, 2015
  • Awarded to: Michael Baker International, Inc

RTC Federal Legislative/Transportation Assistant

  • Description: Assist the RTC in tracking, analyzing, and responding to federal legislation, policies, regulations, and funding opportunities affecting transportation projects and programs in Santa Cruz County; and develop strategies for advancing actions at the federal level that assist with implementation of the Regional Transportation Plan and Regional Transportation Improvement Program.
  • Contract Manager: Rachel Moriconi
  • Award date: May 7, 2015
  • Awarded to: Capital Edge Advocacy, Inc.

Santa Cruz County Multimodal Transportation Modeling Tools

  • Description: Develop multimodal transportation modeling tools for Santa Cruz County. The modeling tools will be used to analyze the transportation impacts of multimodal transportation and land use projects within Santa Cruz County.
  • Contract Manager: Ginger Dykaar
  • Award date: February 2015.
  • Awarded to: Fehr and Peers

Santa Cruz County Passenger Rail Study

  • Description: Evaluate the feasibility and ridership potential for commuter and intercity passenger rail service on the Santa Cruz Branch Rail Line.
  • Contract Manager: Rachel Moriconi
  • Award Date: May 1, 2014
  • Awarded to: Fehr and Peers
  • For more information on this project please visit our rail service studies page

Phone Systems Services Request for Proposals

  • Description: Provide assistance in installing, managing and provide support services for a new phone system
  • Contract Manager: Yesenia Parra
  • Awarded to: The Maynard Group

Santa Cruz Branch Line Mainline Bridge Support, Repairs, and Member Replacements  Bids

  • Description: provide Railroad bridge rehabilitation work on the Santa Cruz Branch Rail Line.
  • Award Date: August 15, 2013
  • Contract Manager: Luis Mendez
  • Awarded to: Stacy and Witbeck

Voice and Data RFQ Document Preparation  Request for Qualifications

  • Description: provide the RTC assistance with preparation of a Voice and Data Request for Proposal Document.
  • Award Date: August 1, 2013
  • Contract Manager: Yesenia Parra
  • Awarded to: Cooper Technology

Call Box Maintenance and Improvements

  • Description: provide maintenance and ADA site improvements to 122 call boxes in Santa Cruz County for a 5 year period.
  • Award Date: August 1, 2013
  • Contract Manager: Amy Naranjo
  • Awarded to: CASE Systems, Inc
  • For more information on this topic, please visit our website.

Freeway Service Patrol

  • Description: Provide emergency roadside services during commute periods on Highway 17 (Beat 1) and/or Highway 1 (Beat 2) for a 4-year period.
  • Award Date: June 6, 2013
  • Contract Manager: Amy Naranjo
  • Awarded to: Jack Ladd, Ladd’s Autobody & Towing
  • For more information on this topic, please visit our website.

Construction Management Services

  • Description: Construction Management Services in association with improvements to the Santa Cruz Branch Rail Line consisting primarily of structures rehabilitation.
  • Award Date: February 7, 2013
  • Contract Manager: Luis Mendez
  • Awarded to: Hatch Mott McDonald
  • For more information on this topic, please visit our website.

Student Shuttle Operator

  • Description: Manage and operate a fixed route shuttle serving public school students for a 6 to 8 month period in association with the Highway 1 Soquel/Morrissey Auxiliary Lanes project construction.
  • Award Date: August 2, 2012
  • Contract Manager: Kim Shultz
  • Awarded to: Michael’s Transportation Service, Watsonville, CA
  • For more information on this topic, please visit our website.

Rail Service Operator

  • Award date: May 17, 2012
  • Contract Manager: Luis Mendez
  • Awarded to: Iowa Pacific Holdings, Chicago, IL

On-board Transit Ridership Survey

  • Award date: March 2, 2012
  • Contract Manager: Grace Blakeslee
  • Awarded to: Moore & Associates, Valencia, CA

Transportation Funding Poll

  • Award date: March 1, 2012
  • Contract Manager: Rachel Moriconi
  • Awarded to: Godbe Research, San Mateo, CA

Get Notified

To be notified of future consulting opportunities, please fill out and submit a request form.

Disadvantaged Business Enterprises (DBE)

The RTC encourages the participation of Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) in its contracts. The RTC affirms the utilization and participation of qualified Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) and Underutilized Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (UDBE) firms in its contracting and procurement activities for federally-funded contracts. The RTC encourages general and prime contractors to afford competitive subcontracting opportunities to DBE and UDBE firms, where possible, in their contracting and procurement activities within the County of Santa Cruz. Find out more about becoming a designated DBE by the State of California or finding a DBE to subcontract.

RTC Contact

Yesenia Parra
Administrative Services Officer


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