THE CHANGING FACE OF TRANSIT PROCUREMENT

Federal involvement has loomed large in the annual procurement of an average of $4 billion in capital goods by the public transit industry. The recent $9 million contract for electronic fareboxes for Chicago Transit Authority is seen as marking the end of exclusive low-bid procurements which were once implied by UMTA regulations. The Surface Transportation Assistance Act of 1978 called for life-cycle costing (LCC) and other factors in bus procurements; LCC brought forward two-step bidding that requires separate technical and price bids to be submited. After UMTA granted a degree of discretionary authority, CTA turned to a modified two-step procedure. First specifications are developed; suppliers either can show compliance with the specification or negotiate an alteration in it. At the conclusion of technical negotiations, each proposer is required to submit simultaneously two envelopes--one with the technical proposal and the second with the price. Only after technical compliance is established can the bids be rated on price. This same procedure is also being utilized in Boston for bus procurement and by Baltimore for fareboxes.

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    Bobit Publishing Company

    2500 Artesia Boulevard
    Redondo Beach, CA  United States  90278
  • Publication Date: 1985-3

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  • Features: Photos;
  • Pagination: 4 p.
  • Serial:
    • Metro
    • Volume: 81
    • Issue Number: 2
    • Publisher: Bobit Publishing Company
    • ISSN: 10098-0083

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  • Accession Number: 00394537
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: May 31 1985 12:00AM