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Working with the RTC

Jobs and Contracts

Work with the RTC and make a difference in Santa Cruz County. Whether you join the agency as an employee or partner with us as a contractor, your work will help the RTC create a transportation system that works for all residents and improves economic opportunity in the region. Join us as we plan for the future. Find open opportunities — including recently closed or awarded contracts in the following sections.

Equal Opportunity Employer

The RTC is an equal-opportunity, non-discriminatory employer. RTC provides all employees and applicants with an equal opportunity in every aspect of the employment experience regardless of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, national origin, physical handicap, medical condition or marital status.

Disadvantaged Business Enterprise Program (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. Find out more about becoming a designated DBE by the State of California or finding a DBE to subcontract.

Employment Opportunities

Consulting Opportunities

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.

Recent Contracts Awarded

Climate Adaptation Vulnerability Assessment and Priorities Report
  • Description: Services to complete a Santa Cruz County Climate Adaptation – Vulnerability Assessment and Transportation Priorities Report for County of Santa Cruz maintained transportation infrastructure and the Santa Cruz Branch Rail Line.
  • Contract Manager: Brianna Goodman
  • Award Date: May 4, 2023
  • Awarded to: Williams Sale Partnership (WSP) USA INC
Labor Agreement Negotiations
  • Description: Consulting firms to negotiate successor labor agreements.
  • Contract Manager: Yesenia Parra
  • Award Date: February 13, 2022
  • Awarded to: Lozano Smith
Professional Engineering Services
  • Description: Professional engineering services for the SLV Schools Complex Circulation and Access Study, which includes preliminary engineering, traffic analysis, and a feasibility and needs assessment for improving multimodal system performance.
  • Contract Manager: Brianna Goodman
  • Award Date: March 17, 2022
  • Awarded to: Mark Thomas
On-Call Services for Construction Management
  • Description: Construction Management Services for the RTC’s rail infrastructure repairs including bridges, track, coastal erosion, grade crossings, drainages, preventative and capital maintenance, and other tasks required for the preservation of the Santa Cruz Branch Rail Corridor Property.
  • Contract Manager: Sarah Christensen
  • Award Date: November 8, 2021
  • Awarded to: MNS Engineers
On-Call Services for Civil and Structural Engineering
  • Description: Engineering Services for the RTC’s rail infrastructure repairs including bridges, track, erosion, grade crossings, retaining walls, drainages, preventative and capital maintenance, bridge inspections and analysis, and other tasks required for the preservation of the Santa Cruz Branch Rail Corridor Property.
  • Contract Manager: Sarah Christensen
  • Award Date: September 22, 2021
  • Awarded to: Mark Thomas & Company
Freeway Service Patrol Towing Services
  • Description: Towing services for the Santa Cruz County Freeway Service Patrol (FSP) on Highways 1 and 17
  • Contract Manager: Amanda Marino
  • Award Date: August 5, 2021
  • Awarded to: Ladd’s Towing
TDA Triennial Performance Audit
  • Description: Performance audits of the RTC, the Santa Cruz Metropolitan Transit District, Community Bridges and the Volunteer Center for fiscal years 2018/19 through 2020/21 in conformance with the California TDA.
  • Contract Manager: Tracy New
  • Award Date: June 10, 2021
  • Awarded to: Michael Baker International
Professional Engineering Services
  • Description: Highway 1 State Park to Freedom Auxiliary Lanes and Bus on Shoulder Project & Coastal Rail Trail Segment 12 Project Approval and Environmental Document (PA/ED) component of the Project
  • Contract Manager: Sarah Christensen
  • Award Date: June 3, 2021
  • Awarded to: Mark Thomas & Company, Inc.

Construction Contracting

Qualified vendors able to fulfill the specifications and meet the terms and conditions required are encouraged to submit bids/offers in response to Invitations for Bids (IFBs) and Requests for Bids (RFBs) for construction projects. The RTC uses BidExpress for all formal advertisements of projects greater than $200,000. 

Recent Contracts Awarded

Vegetation Control On-call – Informal
  • Description: On-call minor vegetation and tree work along Santa Cruz Branch Rail Corridor
  • Contract Manager: Tommy Travers
  • Award Date: December 7, 2023
  • Awarded to: Community Tree Service; Irish Excavation
Phase 2 Debris Removal and Erosion Repair Project
  • Description: Debris Removal and Erosion Control along the Santa Cruz Branch Rail Corridor
  • Award information: All bids were rejected by the RTC, and the Contract was not awarded to any contractor.
  • Contract Manager: Riley Gerbrandt
Vegetation Control – Informal
  • Description: Vegetation control along Santa Cruz Branch Rail Corridor
  • Contract Manager: Tommy Travers
  • Award Date: June 12, 2023
  • Awarded to: Community Tree Service
Bridge Handrail and Walkway Repairs – Informal
  • Description: Replace missing wooden planks and remount damaged handrail posts and cabling at railroad bridges along Santa Cruz Branch Rail Corridor
  • Contract Manager: Brian Zamora
  • Award Date: April 6, 2023
  • Awarded to: Granite Rock Construction
Vegetation Control – Informal
  • Description: Vegetation control along Santa Cruz Branch Rail Corridor
  • Contract Manager: Riley Gerbrandt
  • Award Date: February 2, 2023
  • Awarded to: Professional Tree Care; Capra Environmental
Pajaro River Bridge Repair Project – Formal
  • Description: Repairs to the Pajaro River railroad bridge
  • Contract Manager: Riley Gerbrandt
  • Award Date: December 1, 2022
  • Awarded to: Euro Style Management
Culvert Rehabilitation – Informal
  • Description: UV lining of deteriorating culvert and filling void
  • Contract Manager: Riley Gerbrandt
  • Award Date: December 1, 2022
  • Awarded to: Tunnel Works
Erosion and Drainage Rehabilitation – Informal
  • Description: Temporary erosion control at two sites along Santa Cruz Branch Rail Corridor, as well as locating and clearing of culvert and ditch
  • Contract Manager: Riley Gerbrandt
  • Award Date: October 6, 2022
  • Awarded to: Irish Excavation
Graffiti Abatement – Informal
  • Description: Graffiti abatement along Santa Cruz Branch Rail Corridor
  • Contract Manager: Tommy Travers
  • Award Date: September 22, 2022
  • Awarded to: Graffiti Protective Coatings
Railroad Signals – Informal
  • Description: Maintenance/repair of crossing signals along Santa Cruz Branch Rail Corridor
  • Contract Manager: Tommy Travers
  • Award Date: September 12, 2022
  • Awarded to: Summit Signal
Janitorial Service – Informal
  • Description: Janitorial service within Santa Cruz Branch Rail Corridor
  • Contract Manager: Tommy Travers
  • Award Date: July 1, 2022
  • Awarded to: Clean Team Associates
Vegetation Control – Informal
  • Description: Vegetation removal from railroad trestle
  • Contract Manager: Brian Zamora
  • Award Date: June 16, 2022
  • Awarded to: Julian Tree Care
Vegetation Control – Informal
  • Description: Vegetation control within the Santa Cruz Branch Rail Corridor
  • Contract Manager: Tommy Travers
  • Award Date: May 23, 2022
  • Awarded to: Community Tree Service, Inc.
Vegetation Control – Informal
  • Description: Vegetation control within the Santa Cruz Branch Rail Corridor
  • Contract Manager: Tommy Travers
  • Award Date: February 10, 2022
  • Awarded to: Community Tree Service, Inc.
Coastal Erosion Repair – Formal
  • Description: Construct soldier pile retaining wall with drainage improvements and fencing
  • Contract Manager: Riley Gerbrandt
  • Award Date: January 24, 2022
  • Awarded to: Cal West Construction General Building
Vegetation Control – Informal
  • Description: Pilot project using goats for vegetation control
  • Contract Manager: Brianna Goodman
  • Award Date: January 13, 2022
  • Awarded to: Capra Environmental

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