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

No current opportunities

Upcoming Contract Opportunities

Professional Engineering Services – Highway 1 41st/Soquel Auxiliary Lanes Project Plans, Specifications, and Estimate (PS&E) phase
The Highway 1 Auxiliary Lanes (41st Avenue to Soquel Drive) Project extends approximately 1.4 miles along State Route 1 in Santa Cruz County between the 41st Avenue and Soquel Drive Interchanges in the unincorporated County (known as Live Oak) and the City of Capitola. The project proposes to widen SR 1 by adding auxiliary lanes in the northbound and southbound directions, and construct a new bicycle and pedestrian overcrossing structure at Chanticleer Avenue. The RFP will be released in June of 2018. For more information, please contact Sarah Christensen, Highway Program Manager, at or (831) 460-3204.

Real Property Services for the Santa Cruz Branch Rail Corridor
The RTC is seeking a consultant or team of consultants to support the RTC with the various needs for right-of-way services, including right of entry agreements, utility crossing agreements, easements, leases, and acquisitions. The RFP will be released in the summer of 2018. For more information, please contact Luis Mendez, Deputy Director, at or (831) 460-3212.

Contract Opportunities Pending Award

Santa Cruz Branch Rail Line Replacement Operator

Recent Contracts Awarded

Recruitment Consultant for Executive Director and Fiscal Officer

      • Description: Professional  recruitment services to recruit and hire an Executive Director and a Fiscal Officer for the Santa Cruz County Regional Transportation Commission
      • Contract Manager: Yesenia Parra
      • Award date: May 14, 2018
      • Awarded to: CPS HR Consulting

On-Call Engineering Services for the Santa Cruz Branch Rail Corridor

      • Description:Professional civil engineering services in one or more of the areas of expertise, including (1) Civil Engineering, (2) Structure Inspections and Engineering, and (3) Construction Management. Future projects may include assessment and/or execution of civil engineering reports, design, cost estimates and related work, traffic engineering related to grade crossing concerns, inspection of rail bridges and culverts, right of way engineering, and other tasks required for the upkeep of the Santa Cruz Branch Rail Line Property.
      • Contract Manager: Sarah Christensen
      • Award date: April 5, 2018
      • Awarded to :
        • Civil Engineering
          • RRM Design Group
          • MNS Engineers, Inc.
          • RailPros, Inc.
        • Structure Inspections/Engineering
          • Biggs Cardosa Associates, Inc.
          • RailPros, Inc.
          • STV
        • Construction Management
          • 4LEAF, Inc.
          • RailPros, Inc.
          • MNS Engineers, Inc.
          • Cooper Pugeda Management, Inc.
          • Biggs Cardosa Associates, Inc.

Labor Negotiation Consultant

      • Description: Assist the Commission to conduct labor negations with two (2) labor groups
      • Contract Manager: Yesenia Parra
      • Award date: March 6, 2018
      • Awarded to: Lozano Smith

Classification and Compensation Study

      • Description: Design and conduct a comprehensive classification and compensation study and analysis for the RTC’s employees
      • Contract Manager: Yesenia Parra
      • Award date: January 29, 2018
      • Awarded to: CPS HR Consulting

North Coast Rail Trail Environmental Impact Report

      • Description: Develop an Environmental Impact Report for the North Coast Rail Trail project
      • Contract Manager: Cory Caletti
      • Award date: June 15, 2017
      • Awarded to: Rincon Consultants, Inc.

 Unified Corridor Investment Study

      • Description: The study will identify transportation investments that optimize usage of three parallel transportation corridors in Santa Cruz County: Highway 1, Soquel Avenue/Drive and Freedom Blvd, and the Santa Cruz Branch Rail Line while advancing sustainability goals.
      • Contract Manager: Ginger Dykaar
      • Award date: May 26, 2017
      • Awarded to: Kimley-Horn Inc.

Measure D Public Outreach

      • Description: Measure D public information and communications assistance.
      • Contract Manager: George Dondero
      • Award date: May 20, 2017
      • Awarded to: Miller Maxfield Inc.

User Oriented Transit Planning Project

      • Description: Conduct outreach for the User Oriented Transit Planning Project using travel advisors.
      • Contract Manager: Grace Blakeslee
      • Award date: March 3, 2017
      • Awarded to: Steer Davies Gleave

Freeway Service Patrol

      • Description: Provide tow operations for the Freeway Service Patrol on Highway 17 (Beat 1) and/or Highway 1 (Beat 2) for a 4-year period.
      • Contract Manager: Amy Naranjo
      • Award date: March 2, 2017
      • Awarded to: Ladd’s Autobody & Towing
      • For more information: Visit the Motorist Aid webpage

Highway 9 – San Lorenzo Valley Complete Streets Corridor Plan

      • Description: A multimodal transportation plan for the Highway 9 corridor through San Lorenzo Valley in Santa Cruz County.
      • Contract Manager: Rachel Moriconi
      • Award date: February 2, 2017
      • Awarded to: Kimley-Horn/Trail People
      • For more information: Visit the Highway 9/SLV Plan webpage 

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