Consulting Opportunities

People workingThe 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.

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Construction Opportunities

See the Construction Contracting page.

Current Consulting Opportunities

Request for Proposals (RFP) for Professional Engineering Services

The Santa Cruz County Regional Transportation Commission (RTC) invites interested parties to submit a proposal for professional engineering services
for the Project Approval/Environmental Document phase of the Highway 1
State Park/Freedom Auxiliary Lanes and Bus on Shoulder Project which
includes replacement of two railroad bridges and widening of the Highway 1
bridge over Aptos Creek and Spreckles Drive.

Pre-Proposal Meeting

December 4, 2019, 1:30pm PST
RTC Office
1523 Pacific Ave., Santa Cruz, CA

Proposals are due to the RTC by 2:00PM PST on December 19, 2019

Download the request for proposals and required forms below. For more information, email Sarah Christensen at

Upcoming Consulting Opportunities – See Contracting

Recent Contracts Awarded

On-Call Project Management Services

  • Description: On-call project management services for Measure D projects and other capital improvement projects in Santa Cruz County.
  • Contract Manager: Sarah Christensen
  • Award Date: December 5, 2019
  • Awarded to: CSG Consultants, Inc.

Environmental Permitting

  • Description: Professional services for environmental for projects that maintain the Santa Cruz Branch Rail Line infrastructure.
  • Contract Manager: Grace Blakeslee
  • Award Date: November 7, 2019
  • Awarded to: Harris & Associates

Alternatives Analysis for High Capacity Public Transit on the Rail Right of Way

  • Description: Comparison of transit alternatives for the Santa Cruz Branch Rail Line using a performance-based planning approach
  • Contract Manager: Ginger Dykaar
  • Award Date: November 7, 2019
  • Awarded to: HDR Engineering, Inc.

Legal Services

  • Description: Legal services for the RTC
  • Contract Manager: Guy Preston
  • Award Date: August 1, 2019
  • Awarded to: Meyers, Nave, Riback, Silver, and Wilson, PLC

Professional Engineering Services – Highway 1 Bay/Porter to State Park Auxiliary Lanes 

  • Description: Project Approval/Environmental Document (PA/ED) Phase
  • Contract Manager: Sarah Christensen
  • Award Date: June 6, 2019
  • Awarded to: Mark Thomas & Company, Inc.

Financial Advisory Services

  • Description: Various ongoing financial advisory services for the RTC
  • Contract Manager: Tracy New
  • Award Date: June 6, 2019
  • Awarded to: KNN Public Finance

On-Call Real Property Services

  • Description: On-call real property services associated with the 31-mile rail line right-of-way known as the Santa Cruz Branch Rail Line.
  • Contract Manager: Luis Mendez
  • Award date: June 6, 2019
  • Awarded to :
    • Leases and Encroachments: AR/WS, Inc.
    • Utility and Right of Entry Agreements, Railway Risk Management: RailPros, Inc.

Commute Manager and Services for Santa Cruz County

  • Description: Commuter management software as a service
  • Contract Manager: Amy Naranjo
  • Award Date: June 3, 2019
  • Awarded to: RideAmigos

Triennial Transportation Development Act (TDA) Performance Audits

  • Description: Audits of the RTC, Santa Cruz Metropolitan Transit District, Community Bridges Lift Line paratransit service, and the Volunteer Center transportation services
  • Contract Manager: Tracy New
  • Award Date: April 23, 2019
  • Awarded to: Michael Baker International

Professional Engineering Services – Highway 1 41st/Soquel Auxiliary Lanes & Chanticleer Over Crossing 

  • Description: Project Plans, Specifications, and Estimate (PS&E) phase
  • Contract Manager: Sarah Christensen
  • Award date: September 6, 2018
  • Awarded to: Mark Thomas & Company, Inc.

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