Vendor Information

Santa Cruz METRO has partnered with Bonfire Interactive to create a new procurement portal that will allow you to receive notifications of business opportunities and submit bids and proposals to Santa Cruz METRO digitally. You can access the new portal using this link:


Even though you may have already registered as a vendor and may have done business with Santa Cruz METRO in the past, you must re-register through our new procurement portal to continue receiving notifications about contract opportunities related to your area of expertise. Registration is easy and free. Please be sure to select at least one, or more, NAICS codes for your business or organization. Our solicitations will be set up using those codes and will be matched to vendors and contractors with the same codes.


Click here for registration instructions: Vendor Registration


Santa Cruz METRO is excited about the changes we are making to streamline our electronic bid process and we look forward to continuing our good relationship with you. We appreciate your interest in Santa Cruz METRO.

You can also continue to receive email notifications of any invitation for bid or request for proposal postings by subscribing to the free govdelivery email notification service.


Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE)


The Business Outreach Committee is hosting a FREE in-person Two Part Series, ESTIMATING & BIDDING, at AC Transit in Oakland, CA. Week One is Best Practices, June 6, 2023 from 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Week Two is Application, June 13, 2023 from 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m

Registration instructions and more information can be found here: 2023 ESTIMATING & BIDDING SERIES


The Board of Directors of Santa Cruz METRO has adopted a Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) Policy to promote the participation of disadvantaged business enterprises (DBE's) in all areas of Santa Cruz METRO contracting to the maximum extent practicable.


Business Outreach Committee Newsletter #51 Winter 2023 - Contracting Opportunities from Bay Area agencies






Notice is hereby given that the Santa Cruz Metropolitan Transit District (Santa Cruz METRO) is proposing a Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) goal of 2.65% for U.S. Department of Transportation assisted contracts for FFY21-FFY23. This goal has been set based upon information currently available. As part of this program, Santa Cruz METRO must establish a goal for DBE participation in procurements to be federally funded. A DBE firm is defined as a for-profit “small business concern” that is at least 51 percent owned and controlled by one or more socially and economically disadvantaged individuals. California DBE firms are certified as such through the California Unified Certification Program (CUCP).


It is the policy of Santa Cruz METRO to ensure nondiscrimination on the basis of race, color, sex, national origin, disability and/or sexual orientation in the award and administration of DOT-assisted contracts. It is the intention of Santa Cruz METRO to create a level playing field on which DBEs can compete fairly for DOT-assisted contracts.


The rationale for this goal and supporting information regarding Santa Cruz METRO’s DBE Program can be reviewed by clicking here.

Protest Procedures

Santa Cruz METRO's Protest Procedures are available here.


Terms and Conditions

All authorized purchase orders issued by Santa Cruz METRO are subject to Santa Cruz METRO's terms and conditions which can be reviewed here.


Federally funded contracts are subject to the terms of a financial assistance contract between the Santa Cruz Metropolitan Transit District and the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) of the United States Department of Transportation.


Requirements for FTA funded contracts:


Construction between $2,000 and $9,999


Professional Services equal to or greater than $10,000



Site Updated:  October 07, 2021