Procurement Opportunities

METRO is committed to integrity in all facets of the procurement process, ensuring fairness, accountability and efficiency. In addition, the Office of Economic Business Opportunity (OEBO) has several programs designed to further assist in the procurement efforts. On this page, you’ll find:

  • Business opportunity programs
  • Open and anticipated procurements
  • Vendor registration process
  • Useful links to key procurement topics

For more information, email us at procurement@ridemetro.org.

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Business Opportunity Programs

The METRO Office of Economic Business Opportunity Programs operate in a race and gender-neutral manner. We are committed to providing a variety of programs to ensure equal opportunity, inclusion and nondiscrimination in all our procurement and contracting matters.


METRO’s Small Business Enterprise (SBE) program operates in a race and gender-neutral manner and is open to participation without regard to race, color, sex, religion, national or ethnic origin, age or disability.

METRO has an aspirational annual goal of 35% small business participation. All small business owners are encouraged to apply for METRO SBE certification and participate in METRO procurement opportunities.

Benefits of becoming a METRO certified SBE:

  • Increased opportunities for visibility for METRO contracting
  • Certification is available at no cost and valid for three (3) years
  • Quick processing of certifications in 30 days
  • Free business development training
  • Certification accepted by Port Houston, Houston Community College, Fort Bend ISD and Houston First
  • Five-day Prompt Payment Policy in effect for contracts with small business goals
  • SBE reciprocity for Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) certified firms
  • Eligibility to participate in METRO training, events and networking opportunities
  • Fast track certification with Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Houston Minority Supplier Development Council (HMSDC)

View the program for more information.

Click or tap the Learn More button below for information about the application process for becoming certified and how to contact us for assistance.

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As required by Section 49 Code of Federal Regulations Part 26, the Metropolitan Transit Authority of Harris County has determined a proposed overall goal of 16% for the participation of Disadvantaged Business Enterprises (DBEs) in its FY23-FY25 contracts which are funded by the U.S. Department of Transportation.

The City of Houston Office of Business Opportunity is the DBE certifying entity for Houston, Texas.

View the program for more information.

Access the directory of DBE certified firms in Texas.

Access the list of DBE Financial Institutions.

METRO's Disability Owned Business Enterprise (DOBE) Program was created to help ensure disability owned firms have equal access to opportunities in procurement and contracting at METRO.

To be classified as a certified Disability Owned Business, your business should meet the following qualifications:

Is at least 51% owned, operated, managed and controlled by individuals with a disability (as defined by the Americans with Disabilities Act)

  1. Is at least 51% owned, operated, managed and controlled by either a U.S. citizen or lawful permanent resident
  2. Exercises independence from any other business enterprise
  3. Has its principal place of business (headquarters) in the United States
  4. Has been formed as a legal entity in the United States


METRO recognizes certifications from external certifying entities. METRO will not perform certifications.

For more information, view the program or email us at DOBE@ridemetro.org.

METRO's Veteran Owned Business Enterprise (VOBE) Program was created to help ensure veteran owned firms have equal access to opportunities in procurement and contracting at METRO.

To be classified as a certified Veteran Owned Business, your business should meet the following qualifications

  1. Is a sole proprietorship, partnership or corporation at least 51% owned, operated and controlled by an individual who served in the United States active military, naval, or air service; who was discharged or released under conditions other than dishonorable; and who has at least 51% ownership in applicant firm
  2. Is at least 51% owned, operated and controlled by either a U.S. citizen or lawful permanent resident
  3. Exercises independence from any other business enterprise
  4. Has its principal place of business (headquarters) in the United States
  5. Has been formed as a legal entity in the United States


METRO recognizes certifications from external certifying entities. METRO will not perform certifications.

For more information, view the program or email us at VOBE@ridemetro.org.

METRO Contract Compliance System

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Open Procurements

METRO is committed to providing equal opportunity and fairness in all its procurements. The table below contains current opportunities that are open for solicitation.


Solicitation Number Title Due Date
4024000108 Courier Services April 17, 2024 2 PM
4023000183 Addition of Second Hydraulic Elevator at METRO West Bus Operating Facility (BOF) April 24, 2024 2 PM
4023000169 Field Service Center (FSC) Petroleum Storage Tanks Replacement April 24, 2024 2 PM
4023000211 Hiram Clarke Petroleum Storage Tanks Replacement April 24, 2024 2 PM
4024000106 METRO Rail - 4 Bridge Repairs April 24, 2024 2 PM
4024000073 Shelter Conversion April 24, 2024 2 PM
4024000107 Purchase and Delivery of Batteries April 24, 2024 2 PM
4024000124 Purchase and Delivery of the Low Smoke Zero Halogen (LSZH) Wire & Cable for LRV April 24, 2024 2 PM
4024000131 Purchase and Delivery of the Roller Guide Assembly for METRO's Rail Vehicles May 1, 2024 2 PM
4024000111 Precast Concrete Waste Receptacles May 1, 2024 2 PM
4024000121 Sales/Use Tax Audit and Recovery Services May 2, 2024 2 PM
4024000125 Purchase and Delivery of S70 Lift Stop Replacement for METRO's Rail May 8, 2024 2 PM
4024000112 Police Motorcycle Preventative Maintenance and Repairs May 15, 2024 2 PM
4024000104 H3 Truck Overhaul May 15, 2024 2 PM
4024000085 Light Rail Vehicle (LRV) Portable Lift Equipment Aug. 14, 2024 2 PM
Photo of a METRO bus at a local bus stop in downtown Houston.

Sole Source Awards

On occasion, METRO may award a Sole Source contract.

Anticipated Procurements

Each tab below contains information based on estimates, assumptions and other data, which are subject to change. Any proposed project/service may vary materially and/or be removed from the final list. This is provided for planning, contracting and teaming purposes only.


Project NameProcurement MethodSmall Business GoalAdvertisement MonthProject Description
Childcare Assistance ProgramRFPN/AMarchChildcare Assistance Program
FTA/DOT Drug and Alcohol Collection ServicesRFQN/AMarchFTA/DOT Drug and Alcohol Collection Services
Sales/Use Tax Audit and Recovery ServicesRFPN/AMarchSales/Use Tax Audit and Recovery Services
Field Service Center Petroleum Storage Tanks ReplacementIFB25%MarchField Service Center Petroleum Storage Tanks Replacement
Hiram Clarke Petroleum Storage Tanks ReplacementIFB25%MarchHiram Clarke Petroleum Storage Tanks Replacement
METRORail - 4 Bridge RepairsIFB35%MarchMETRORail - 4 Bridge Repairs
Courier Services IFB35%MarchCourier Services 
Indefinite Delivery/Indefinite Quantity (ID/IQ) Construction ContractsRFTPN/AMarchIndefinite Delivery/Indefinite Quantity (ID/IQ) Construction Contracts
Precast Concrete Waste Receptacles IFBN/AMarch

Precast Concrete Waste Receptacles

Preventative Maintenance, Inspections and Repairs for CranesIFBN/AMarchPreventative Maintenance, Inspections and Repairs for Cranes
Purchase and Delivery of Auxiliary Power Systems (APS) Spare Parts for METRO's Rail VehiclesIFBN/AMarchPurchase and Delivery of Auxiliary Power Systems (APS) Spare Parts for METRO's Rail Vehicles
Purchase and Delivery of Bus Batteries IFBN/AMarchPurchase and Delivery of Bus Batteries 

The items listed above include Board-approved and non-Board-approved projects.

Procurement Method Definitions
RFP – Request for Proposal    
RFTP – Request for Technical Proposal    
RFQ – Request for Qualifications    
IFB – Invitations for Bid    
CSP
– Competitive Sealed Proposal    
IDIQ
– Indefinite Delivery / Indefinite Quantity
Projects Procurement Method*
ACI RefreshDIR
Automotive Battery (AGM)
IFB
Bus Operating Facility IT Rehab
DIR
Commuter Diesel Bus Purchase
IFB
Cybersecurity System EnhancementDIR
Facility Tools & Off-Road Equipment Purchase
IFB
Google Search ServicesRFP
Load Balancers DIR
Office 365 IntranetDIR
Storage Upgrades DIR
TAM BarcodingDIR
Truck Brake Shoe KitIFB

Procurement Method Definitions
RFP – Request for Proposal    
RFQ – Request for Qualifications    
IFB – Invitations for Bid    
CSP
– Competitive Sealed Proposal    
IDIQ
– Indefinite Delivery / Indefinite Quantity
Projects Procurement Method*
ADA/EEO/ER – Case Management Software
RFP
Benefits – Childcare Subsidy, Services Awards, Dental, EAPRFPs
BOF Network Room Cleanup/RehabDIR
Cybersecurity System EnhancementsDIR
Dellner CouplerIFB
Emergency Operations Center (EOC)RFQ
Maintenance of Way FacilityIFB
Network Switch RefreshDIR

Procurement Method Definitions
RFP – Request for Proposal    
RFQ – Request for Qualifications    
IFB – Invitations for Bid    
CSP
– Competitive Sealed Proposal    
IDIQ
– Indefinite Delivery / Indefinite Quantity
Projects Procurement Method*
Hydrogen Fuel Cell Bus PurchaseIFB
METROLift & curb2curb Software SolutionRFP
Purchase of Park & Ride BusesIFB
Purchase of Articulated BusesIFB
SEPSA PartsIFB
Solid Waste DisposalIFB
Teri Wipes, Paper TowelsIFB
Underground Storage Tank Upgrade/Replacement (Multiple Locations)IFB
82 Westheimer BOOST – Package 2 – Civil InfrastructureTBD

Procurement Method Definitions
RFP – Request for Proposal    
RFQ – Request for Qualifications    
IFB – Invitations for Bid    
CSP
– Competitive Sealed Proposal    
IDIQ
– Indefinite Delivery / Indefinite Quantity
Projects Procurement Method*
Bus Operating Facility – Final DesignRFQ
Continuous Daily Cleaning Magnolia TC, NWTC, DTTCIFB
DTTC & TMC Annual Canopy CleaningIFB
Emergency Operations Center & Parking StructureTBD
Gulfton BRT – Final DesignRFQ
HVAC and Plumbing Repairs 1900 MainIFB
Leadership Development ProgramRFP
METROLift Eligibility Assessment ContractRFP
MSP Transportation ServiceRFP
PantographIFB
Para-Transit Van PurchaseIFB
Rail Line Comfort Stations Continuous CleaningIFB

Procurement Method Definitions
RFP – Request for Proposal    
RFQ – Request for Qualifications    
IFB – Invitations for Bid    
CSP
– Competitive Sealed Proposal    
IDIQ
– Indefinite Delivery / Indefinite Quantity

In the table below, all letting dates, estimated project values and the SBE% (Small Business Enterprise percentage) are anticipated and subject to change. The table is sorted by Advertising Date, with the most current date listed first.


Project DescriptionAdvertising DateEstimated Project ValueSBE%
Underground Storage Tank Replacement at METRO Field Service Center
Q1 2024$2.5-4 million35%
Underground Storage Tank Replacement at METRO Hiram Clarke FacilityQ1 2024$6-8 million35%
Maintenance Of Way FacilityQ2 2024$30-40 million35%
Westheimer 82 Boost - Package 2 - Civil InfrastructureQ2 2024$15-20 million35%
Underground Storage Tank Replacement at METRO Kashmere FacilityQ2 2024$6-8 million35%
Underground Storage Tank Replacement at METRO Polk FacilityQ3 2024$6-8 million35%
Underground Storage Tank Replacement at METRO West FacilityQ4 2024$10-12 million35%
Underground Storage Tank Replacement at METRO Fallbrook FacilityQ4 2024$8-9 million35%
Emergency Operations Center & Parking Structure2025$50-55 million35%
Bus Operating Facility 2025$190-200 million35%
Inner Katy Bus Rapid Transit - Civil2025$400-600 million35%
University Corridor Bus Rapid Transit - Civil2026$1.2-1.6 billion35%
Gulfton Bus Rapid Transit2026$200-250 million35%


For longer-term planning purposes, METRO may provide an Advance Procurement Notice (APN) about upcoming projects. The information contained in an APN is based on preliminary estimates, assumptions and other data, which are subject to change. The data is provided for planning, contracting and teaming purposes only. Official solicitations are listed in the Open Procurements section above.


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Resource Center

The resource center provides access to additional procurement and program information, as shown below.

 

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See METRO past contract awards and bid tabulations.

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Procurement Statistics

Examine historical procurement data and statistics.

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Procurement Manual

Access guidelines for procurement of goods, services and disposal of property.

Common Questions

Small Business Certification

The primary criteria for METRO Small Business certification are company size and net worth of the owner(s). The size limits are determined by the SBA standards and the maximum net worth of the owner(s) is $1.32M.

METRO offers a Small Business Enterprise (SBE) Certification for eligible firms. Access the list of SBE certified firms.

METRO also accepts Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) certifications from any DBE certifying agency and the 8(a) certification from the Small Business Administration. Learn more about the Texas Unified Certification Program (TUCP) and see the list of DBE certifying agencies in Texas.

    METRO Small Business Enterprise Certification is free of charge.

    Oversight

    During the solicitation process the following METRO SBE program requirements are in place for primes responding to solicitations with small business goals. To be deemed responsive:

    • All certified and non-certified primes must self-perform a minimum of 30% of the contract value, regardless of the small business participation goal percentage.
    • A certified or non-certified prime cannot self-perform 100% of their bid/proposal value.
    • All certified and non-certified primes must, at a minimum, meet the small business participation goal percentage.
    • All certified primes must subcontract, at a minimum, 50% of the small business participation goal to one or more certified firms.

    The METRO SBE Program does not accept Good Faith Effort (GFE) response. Only the participation of METRO SBE certification and DBE certifications (which include SBA-8a) count towards the small business goal.

    After the award of a contract, the prime must (but not limited to):

    • Adhere to all compliance requirements of the METRO Small Business Enterprise (SBE) and Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) programs
    • Get pre-approval from the Office of Economic Business Opportunity (OEBO) prior to removing or adding certified and non-certified subcontractors to the team
    • Must utilize the current SBE/DBE compliance tracking and reporting system, B2Gnow
    • Replace the removal of a certified firm with another certified firm (determined on a case-by-case basis)
    • Involve OEBO in the dispute resolution process on SB-related matters
    • Adhere to the Prompt Payment Policy on contracts with small business goals: prime must make payments to subcontractors within five business days of receipt of funds from METRO
    • Receive payment from METRO within 15 days of issuance of a properly prepared invoice
    • Meet their Small Business Goal Commitment or risk a negative OEBO evaluation on a new solicitation

    The OEBO Contract Compliance staff monitor all SBE and DBE activity on all METRO contracts with small business goals and ensures compliance with all local and federal regulations.

    If you need assistance in regards to Small Business Contract Compliance, please contact Felicia Davis, OEBO Compliance Manager, at 713-739-4604 or email Felicia.Davis@ridemetro.org.

    Access our compliance system to search, renew, or apply to join our database of certified vendors.

    Support

    Detailed instructions for responding to a solicitation are included in the solicitation document(s). To facilitate the process, METRO recommends the following:

    1. Register as a vendor for automatic e-mail notifications of new solicitations and updates that are aligned with your company’s services.
    2. Check the METRO website for upcoming procurement opportunities.
    3. Attend the METRO pre-bid / pre-proposal conferences.

    For additional procurement information, email us at procurement@ridemetro.org.

    The METRO SBE Business Assessment collects critical information to help craft the best recommendation on how your firm can effectively compete in the procurement process. This assessment is done via one-on-one sessions and the utilization of the METRO Online SBE Business Assessment Tool.

    Yes. Through our business networking forums, you can get tips on doing business with METRO and connecting with decision-makers.

    Other

    Yes. To inquire about METRO’s Fast Track SBE certification, email Keandra.Brooks@RideMETRO.org.

    With the goal of maximizing opportunities with the business community, METRO is seeking to build certified small business capacity for the following types of work:

    • Rail construction
      • Overhead Catenary Systems (OCS)
      • Traction Power Substations (TPS)
      • Concrete pouring for platform construction
      • Laying track
      • Rail ties
    • Bridge construction
    • Boring and tunneling
    • Major IT equipment (authorized supplier)
    • IT (SAP certification and modules)
    • Private utilities
    • Street sweeping (with water and vacuum option)
    • Sound walls
    • Specialized trucks (waste removal, fuel tank cleaning, etc.)
    • Fuel transportation
    • Underground fuel storage tanks
    • Personal property claims (non-real estate property)
    • Bus wrapping
    • Solar energy provider/installer

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