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 for Financial Audit Services for the Santa Cruz County Regional Transportation Commission and Measure D, A Transaction and Use Tax Measure.

Responses are due to the RTC by 3:00 PM on Monday, June 29, 2020 to

Download the Request for Proposals here: RFP-2074-Fiscal-Audit-5-29-20

Questions and Answers

Question 1: What is the reason you are considering changing the auditor?
Answer: Procurement policies. We have not issued an RFP since 2013

Question 2: Have there been any changes in your accounting system or software since last year?
Answer: No

Question 3: Have there been any major changes in staff turnaround in the past year?
Answer: No

Question 4: Do you expect to have any retirement or replacement of key employees?
Answer: We are not aware of any pending retirements or replacements.

Question 5: Please list the staff members in finance and their years of experience with the organization at that position.
Answer: Tracy New, Director of Finance and Budget since Feb 2019 and Keith Rayburn, Accountant II since January 2019

Question 6: How many adjusting entries did you did you have last year?
Answer: Our financial statements are available on our website.
Here are the links

Question 7: Were there any material weaknesses, significant deficiencies or control deficiencies? If so, please provide relevant reports.
Answer: None

Question 8: About how much time did the prior year auditors spend onsite to conduct their audit?
Answer: 1 to 1 ½ days

Question 9: Are the prior year auditors being invited to bid?
Answer: Yes, this RFP is open to all qualified parties

Question 10: What are the things you liked and didn’t like about your current auditors?
Answer: Professional, competent, responsive, and knowledgeable.

Question 11: What were the prior year fees? Did these fees include travel?
Answer: $25,120 for SCCRTC audit, $1,000 for Measure D audit

Question 12: Are there any new services in this RFP that were not included in the prior year?
Answer: No

Responses and inquiries relating to this RFP shall be submitted to:
Tracy New, Director of Finance and Budget
831-460-3200 ~

Request for Proposals for Professional Actuarial Services for Actuarial Valuation, Analysis, Compliance on Ohter Post-Employment Benefits (OPEB) and GASB 68 Actuarial Information for CalPERS Cost-Sharing (Risk Pool) Plans and GASB 68 Compliance

Responses are due to the RTC by 3:00 PM on Thursday, June 25, 2020 to

Download the Request for Proposals here: RFP-2073-Actuary-Services-OPEB-and-Pension-05-26-20

Responses and inquiries relating to this RFP shall be submitted to:
Tracy New, Director of Finance and Budget
831-460-3200 ~

Upcoming Consulting Opportunities


Recent Contracts Awarded

On-Call Soil Investigation and Environmental Engineering

  • Description: On-call soil investigation and environmental engineering services associated with work on the Santa Cruz Branch Rail Line and/or development of the Monterey Bay Scenic Sanctuary Trail (MBSST)
  • Contract Manager: Ginger Dykaar/Grace Blakeslee
  • Award Date: June 29, 2020
  • Awarded to: Ninyo & Moore Geotechnical and Environmental Services Consultants

Professional Engineering Services

  • Description: Professional engineering services for the Project Approval/Environmental Document phase of the Highway 1 State Park/Freedom Auxiliary Lanes and Bus on Shoulder Project including bridge replacements.
  • Contract Manager: Sarah Christensen
  • Award Date: March 5, 2020
  • Awarded to: Kimley-Horn and Associates

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

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