Thursday, August 30, 2012

CTA publishes first-ever buying plan for vendors

The Chicago Transit Authority published its first-ever buying plan, designed to preview purchases of services, equipment and commodities the agency anticipates in the next 18 months.

The plan is intended to assist potential vendors considering doing business with the CTA, by making the business community aware of upcoming contracting opportunities.

"The goal of this plan is to increase the vendor pool by making it easy and convenient for potential bidders to get a full picture of upcoming contracting opportunities," said CTA President Forrest Claypool. The plan, he added, will help potential vendors prepare for upcoming bids and help increase opportunities for small businesses, competition that will ensure the CTA receives the best bids for goods and services.

In keeping with the CTA's efforts to increase transparency of the agency's operations, the plan lists expected contracting opportunities for the coming 18 month, many of them covering items related to daily CTA operations, from specialized parts and materials to services such as printing. It also includes materials and services related to construction projects, such as the upcoming Red Line South reconstruction, which is completely rebuilding the Dan Ryan branch of CTA's busiest rail line in 2013.

The plan also includes information on how to participate in the CTA's Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) and Small Business Programs, along with other resources for both prospective and current vendors.

The plan is available on the CTA website at www.transitchicago.com/buyingplan.

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