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Doing Business

Welcome to the SANDAG Contracts and Procurement site. We seek firms to provide a variety of services including:

  • Construction, general contractors, and construction management
  • Engineering, design, planning, and environmental
  • Technical services, GIS mapping, software development
  • Marketing and public outreach
  • Financial, legal, consulting, and training services
  • Computer, copy equipment, and office supplies

Follow these steps to learn more about doing business with SANDAG.

  1. Register your firm in the SANDAG vendor database to receive e-mails of upcoming projects. There is no cost to register.
  2. After registering, view a list of SANDAG current bids.
  3. At any time, view future contracting opportunities in the tentative list of upcoming projects. Call the SANDAG Contracts staff person listed for each project if you have additional questions.
  4. View procurement information updates.

Mid-Coast Corridor Transit Project Registration

SANDAG is preparing for the Mid-Coast Corridor Transit Project, which will extend Trolley service from Old Town to the University City community, expand transportation capacity, and reduce congestion. The estimated project cost is approximately $1.7 billion (excluding finance charges); approximately $150 million will be available for Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) and small business contract opportunities.

The public is invited to attend and participate in a Facilitation Forum and is welcome to provide oral testimony. SANDAG will also accept written testimony at the meeting. The Facilitation Forum will be held on:

Businesses interested in contracting opportunities with SANDAG on the Mid-Coast Project must register in our Mid-Coast Project database.

If you are already registered, please verify that you have the correct NAICS codes, contact, and alternate contact information. It is better to have too many NAICS codes so that you are fully aware of any opportunities that relate to your business's services.

If you are already registered and would like to be a part of the Mid-Coast Project Database, please sign in and review your information. Once you review your category code information and click continue, your information will be transferred over to the Mid-Coast Project database.

Learn more about the Mid-Coast Corridor Transit Project DBE program.

2014 SANDAG Disparity Study for FTA-Funded Procurements

The Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) Program disparity study concerning procurements funded by the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) is complete and is available at the following links:

Disparity Study - Executive Summary

Disparity Study - Final Report

Learn more about the Disparity Study.

SANDAG Bench Program

The Bench was developed to create opportunities for small and disadvantaged businesses to participate in SANDAG On-Call contracts. SANDAG executed 15 contracts with an estimated value of $260 million for the On-Call Architecture and Engineering (A&E) for Design and Environmental program and will be contracting for an estimated $200 million in On-Call and Mid-Coast Construction Management (CM) contracts. The A&E contracts provide consultant services for transportation infrastructure projects in San Diego County including transit system improvements, freeway and bridge enhancements, landscape design, freeway corridors, and other design efforts. The CM contracts will support transportation projects including heavy rail, light rail, bus rapid transit, freeways, highways, toll roads, local streets and roads, bikeways, and walkways. Firms that are certified as a Small Business (SB) by the California Department of General Services (DGS) or a Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) certified by the California Unified Certification Program (CUCP) are invited to join the Bench to participate in these efforts.

Learn more about the Bench program.


SANDAG provides Invitation for Bids (IFB) packages exclusively in electronic format and remains the only source of accurate information regarding SANDAG projects. Once registered in the SANDAG online database, contractors may download the IFBs at no charge. Bids will continue to be submitted via hard copy, and the public is invited to all SANDAG bid openings. If you wish to view the plans and specs in person, SANDAG will continue to have the IFBs with full size plans for contractor review at SANDAG. If you have any questions, contact Ramona Edwards at or (619) 699-6958.

Diversity in Small Contractor Opportunities (DISCO)

The SANDAG DISCO effort supports our Disadvantaged Business Enterprises (DBE) program. SANDAG strongly encourages DBE participation. To see the requirements of the DBE program, become a certified DBE firm, or learn about networking opportunities, see the DISCO/DBE page.

Compliance Information System

This newly implemented web-based system supports our commitment to maximize and report the utilization of small and disadvantaged businesses by providing visibility, accountability, and transparency throughout the entire compliance reporting process. If you are a SANDAG contractor/consultant, you will submit subcontractor/subconsultant information, including payment data, through CIS. To learn more, visit the CIS web page.

Labor Compliance Monitoring

SANDAG implemented a Labor Compliance Monitoring Program (LCMP) to ensure that prime and subcontractors working on SANDAG construction projects meet the federal and state prevailing wage requirements. The online Labor Compliance Monitoring System (LCMS) is used to track prevailing wage documents. Visit the LCMP web page for more information.

Senate Bill 854

SANDAG encourages all Contractors to be familiar with the requirements of Senate Bill (SB) 854. All contractors are required to register with the State of California, Department of Industrial Relations (DIR), pursuant to Labor Code Section 1725.5. Contractors that are not registered will not be allowed to work on any projects until registration is verified.

California Labor Code

The California Labor Code requires that all public works projects pay prevailing wages. Every laborer, worker, or mechanic employed at the job site who performs a part of the contract work is subject to the labor provisions of the contract. The worker may be either an employee of the prime contractor, an employee of an approved or listed subcontractor, or some other person or firm who furnishes on-site labor, including specialists. This includes pre-construction and post-construction activities. Refer to the DIR website for more information.

Job Order Contracting Information

Find out more information.

Protest Procedures

Learn more about protest procedures for procurements.

Current Bids

Please note that after a short transitional period, you will need to register in order to view details about current contracts available.


Regional Back Office System (BOS)

Proposals are due by 7/7/2016

SANDAG has posted an RFP for “Regional Back Office System (BOS)” RFP #5006101.
• Proposals are being sought from qualified firms with the expertise, experience, capacity, and resources to design, develop, implement and maintain a Regional Toll Back Office System (BOS) (“Project”). The Project will serve SANDAG’s I-15 Express Lanes and South Bay Expressway toll facilities and will consolidate two existing customer service and violation processing systems into a single, new regional BOS. To download the RFP you will need to register in SANDAG’s online database (see 1. Register Your Firm at the SANDAG Contracts Web page). If you do not have Web access, RFP documents can be emailed or mailed to you.
►►►► SCHEDULE ►►►►
• A non-mandatory pre-proposal meeting and site visit will be held Tuesday May 3, 2016 10:00 PDT at South Bay Expressway, 1129 La Media Road, San Diego, CA 92154.
• All questions relating to the RFP must be received in writing no later than 2 p.m. (PDT), on May 26, 2016.
• Oral Interviews are scheduled August 22 - 26, 2016.
• Proposals are due to SANDAG by 2 p.m. (PDT) on Thursday, July 7, 2016, at SANDAG offices located on the 8th floor.
▬▬▬▬ Send questions to Jim Dow at SANDAG, 401 B Street, Suite 800, San Diego, CA 92101, or jim.dow@

South Bay Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) Shelters and Variable Message Sign (VMS) Structures, IFB 5007011, CIP 1280504/1201515

Proposals are due by 5/6/2016
SANDAG is seeking architectural shelters and Variable Message Sign (VMS) structures for BRT Stations. The work consists, in general, of the fabricating, packaging, and delivering of custom bus shelters and VMS structures in accordance with the details shown on the plans, Standard Specifications, Special Provisions, and as directed by the Engineer. The plans call for up to 33 shelters to be constructed of structural steel and laminated glass materials and up to 29 VMS structures. Contractor shall coordinate all items of work required to fabricate, package, furnish, and deliver the shelters and VMS structures as complete units including, but not limited to, the structural steel framing, steel cladding, glazing, and electrical components. A full-scale shelter and a full-scale VMS structure mock-up installed on full-scale mock-ups of concrete pedestal and foundation with anchor bolts, embed plate, rock cladding, and pre cast concrete base and caps is required to verify submittal selection of materials and for Contractor to demonstrate aesthetic effects, quality of materials, and execution. The Contractor shall furnish a supply of spare parts including Canopy Laminate Glass, Steel Cladding - Shelter Roof Girder, and Fasteners. In addition, the Contractor must procure all materials and perform all other work necessary to complete the Work in accordance with the Contract Plans and Special Provisions. Bidders must comply with all Buy America requirements. The prime contractor must perform with their own organization at least 35% of the work. There is no federal funding, so no DBE goal. Addendum No. 1 issued 03/24/16 Addendum No. 2 issued 04/12/16 Addendum No. 3 issued 04/27/16 Addendum No. 4 issued 04/28/16 Details...