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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 7/14/2016

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 June 2, 2016.
• Oral Interviews are scheduled August 22 - 26, 2016.
• Proposals are due to SANDAG by 2 p.m. (PDT) on Thursday, July 14, 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@

IFB 5007013, CIP 1223023, Inland Rail Trail, San Marcos to Vista, Segments 2A, 2B, 3A, 3D, and 4 Project

Proposals are due by 7/6/2016
The scope of work for the Inland Rail Trail, San Marcos to Vista, Segments 2A, 2B, 3A, 3D, and 4 Project consists of building approximately four (4) miles of a Class I bicycle facility, located between North Melrose Drive and West Bobier Drive in Oceanside, to the San Diego County/San Marcos boundary at Cherimoya Drive. The project will be built in two separate segments: the first segment is from Mar Vista Drive in the City of Vista to Cherimoya Drive at the San Diego/San Marcos boundary; and the second segment is from the North Melrose Drive and West Bobier intersection to Main Street and South Santa Fe intersection in the City of Vista. This is an 8-foot to 10 foot wide multiuse bike path that is located mostly within the existing North County Transit District (NCTD) Right-of-Way, parallel to the railroad tracks. This bike path will connect to future bike paths or existing sidewalks. Work will include landscaping and irrigation, lighting, black chain link fence along both sides of the path, drainage improvements and water quality ditches, signing and striping, as well as two-foot wide graded shoulders on each side of the path, retaining walls, one bike bridge over Buena Creek near the Buena Creek Transit Station. The Additive Alternates, if awarded, will also include the purchase of traffic signals and installation at intersections with railroad crossings, Vista Village Sprinter Station improvements, and Soroptimist Park landscaping. In addition, this scope includes procurement of all materials and performing all other work necessary to complete the work in accordance with the project plans and Special Provisions. This project is a SWPPP Risk Level 2. A non-mandatory prebid meeting will be held on Tuesday, June 7, 2016, at SANDAG, 401 B Street, 7th Floor Board Room, San Diego, CA 92101-4231 (in the Wells Fargo Building). Networking for primes and subcontractors will be 1:30 to 2:00 pm. The prebid will begin at 2:00 pm. The prime contractor must have an A license at time of contract award. Bidders must comply with all Buy America requirements. The prime contractor must perform with their own organization at least 35% of the work. The project is funded in whole or in part with Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) funding. The DBE goal for this project is 14 percent. Questions must be submitted electronically through the SANDAG website and our bidding software (PlanetBids/PB System). Addendum No. 1 issued 05/31/16 Addendum No. 2 issued 06/23/16 Addendum No. 3 issued 06/28/16 Details...

Ownership & Management of Excess Open Space (5004420)

Proposals are due by 9/14/2016
SANDAG and Caltrans are seeking proposals from qualified firms wishing to own and manage open space properties in perpetuity based on a natural resource management plan acceptable to SANDAG and Caltrans (Project). Caltrans is currently the owner in fee simple of three properties located within San Diego County, California. Forester Creek, Rancho Lilac, and Jeffries Ranch were purchased as mitigation for various transportation projects within San Diego County. The submitted proposals can cover all properties, one property or a combination; that is left up to the applicant. A non-mandatory pre-proposal meeting was held on May 25, 2016, from 9 to 11 a.m. In addition, SANDAG and Caltrans facilitated a one-time visit of the three sites. Send questions to by September 2, 2016. Details...

Traffic and Transit Modeling Software

Proposals are due by 7/18/2016
The San Diego Association of Governments (SANDAG), 401 B Street, Suite 800, San Diego, CA 92101 4231, is issuing a Request for Proposals (RFP) from qualified firms to provide “Traffic and Transit Modeling Software”. SANDAG anticipates awarding one contract under this RFP. Bid Due Date: Bids must be received by 2 p.m. (PDT) on Monday, July 18, 2016, at SANDAG 401 B Street, 8th Floor, San Diego, CA 92101- 4231. The RFP package and related informational may be viewed and downloaded at no charge at SANDAG’s website at Interested firms are advised to regularly visit SANDAG’s above referenced website for RFP addenda, updates and posted RFP questions and answers. Details...