Doing Business with RTA

Doing Business With RTA

Current Procurement Projects

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  1. How to do Business with RTA
  2. Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) Program
  3. Purchasing Staff
Getting Started

RTA's Purchasing and Materials Management Department is responsible for handling all purchases of goods and services needed by the Agency. The Purchasing and Materials Management Department maintains a database of vendors interested in doing business with the Agency. To be added to this vendor database, please complete the Online Vendor Registration form.

RTA's Commitment to Full and Open Competition

RTA is dedicated to ensuring full and open competition and strives to include as many potential sources as possible in the procurement process. The Purchasing Department is responsible for the procurement of equipment, bus parts inventory and supplies, and, all professional and technical services.

Types of Solicitations

Depending on the type of project, RTA will develop an Invitation for Bid (IFB), Request for Proposal (RFP), Request for Interest and Qualifications (RFIQ), or Request for Quotations (RFQ).

  • IFBs are used when there is a clear understanding of the project requirements, scope of work and/or technical specifications and the criteria for award is based solely on price. IFBs are publicly opened at the time and location stated in the bid document. Each bidder's name and the total amount bid are announced. Anyone wishing to attend a bid opening may do so, however, attendance is not necessary to be eligible for contract award. Award is made to the lowest, responsive and responsible bidder.
  • RFPs are used when the specific requirements and/or technical specifications of a project are unclear and evaluation criterion in addition to pricing is needed. RFPs are evaluated by an evaluation committee based upon the evaluation criterion identified in the RFP. Award is made to the vendor whose proposal is determined to be the most advantageous to the Agency. RFIQs are used for engineering, architectural and related services contracts, and consider only technical factors and qualifications in the evaluation process. RFQs are used for procuring materials, equipment and supplies, and some types of professional services.
Procurements Less Than $100,000

Procurements less than $100,000 may be solicited by obtaining either verbal or written quotations from qualified vendors depending upon the dollar value of the item being purchased. Competitive bids are not subject to negotiation. When a company is contacted for a quote, they must provide a firm price, including any charges for delivery and installation (if applicable), and lead-time. Award is made to the lowest responsive and responsible bidder.

Procurements Greater Than $100,000

On procurements of $100,000 and above, RTA follows a formal procurement process. Vendors that are identified in RTA's vendor database receive a formal procurement solicitation. The procurement is advertised at least once in a newspaper of general circulation. The procurement may also be advertised in industry specific and/or M/W/DBE publications.


Support Vehicles - sedans and vans.
IT System Upgrades - hardware and software.
Stops & Zones Equipment - kiosks, paint, poles, solar lighting, maintenance equipment, etc.
Bus Stop Amenities - shelters, benches, trash can, etc.
Facility Improvements - Riverside and Hemet.
Office Furniture & Shop Equipment
Security Cameras - for transit vehicles.
Facility Improvements - replace air conditioning units, fencing, concrete, etc.

Construction Service - Twin Cities Transit Center
Site Selection, Construction Services - Hemet Transit Center
Site Selection Services - resulting from Comprehensive Operational Analysis (COA)


Firms or individuals requesting further information about doing business with RTA can e-mail their requests to RTA.

Objectives/Policy Statement (26.1, 26.23)

Riverside Transit Agency ("RTA") has established a Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) program in accordance with regulations of the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT), 49 CFR Part 26. RTA has received Federal financial assistance from the Department of Transportation, and as a condition of receiving this assistance, RTA has signed an assurance that it will comply with 49 CFR Part 26.

It is the policy of RTA to ensure that DBEs, as defined in part 26, have an equal opportunity to receive and participate in DOT-assisted contracts. It is also our policy:

  • To ensure nondiscrimination in the award and administration of DOT assisted contracts;
  • To create a level playing field on which DBEs can compete fairly for DOT assisted contracts;
  • To ensure that the DBE Program is narrowly tailored in accordance with applicable law;
  • To ensure that only firms that fully meet 49 CFR Part 26 eligibility standards are permitted to participate as DBEs;
  • To help remove barriers to the participation of DBEs in DOT assisted contracts; and
  • To assist the development of firms that can compete successfully in the market place outside the DBE Program.

The Chief Procurement & Logistics Officer has been delegated as the DBE Liaison Officer (DBELO). In that capacity, the DBELO is responsible for implementing all aspects of the DBE program. Implementation of the DBE program is accorded the same priority as compliance with all other legal obligations incurred by RTA in its financial assistance agreements with the Department of Transportation.

RTA has disseminated this policy statement to the Board of Directors and all the components of our organization. RTA has distributed this statement to DBE and non-DBE business communities that perform work for RTA on DOT-assisted contracts through a public invitation to inspect or receive a copy of the RTA DBE Program. Public notice was issued in a widely circulated publication and a local publication to ensure maximum effective coverage.


RTA Opening "DOORS" Program

For certification inquiries for Imperial, Riverside, Kern, Los Angeles, Orange, San Bernardino, San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara, Ventura, and San Diego counties, contact one of the agencies listed below:

Civil Rights MS 79
1823 14th Street
Sacramento, CA 95814
Phone: (916) 324-1700 or (866) 810-6346
Fax: (916) 324-1862

Office of Contract Compliance
Centralized Certification
1149 S. Broadway Street, Suite 300
Los Angeles, CA 90015
Phone:(213) 847-6480
Fax: (213) 847-5566

Diversity and Economic Opportunity Department
One Gateway Plaza
Los Angeles, CA 90012
Phone: (213) 922-2600
Fax: (213) 922-7660 

For additional information, visit the California UCP webpage at

Vince Rouzaud
Chief Procurement & Logistics Officer | Contact »

• Compliance
• Contract Review
• Bid Protests
• Monthly Reporting
• Policies and Procedures

Natalie Zaragoza
Director of Contracts | Contact »

• Public Works
• Professional Services
• Major Capital items
• Construction
• Buses/Vehicles

Jessy Cisneros
Storeroom Supervisor | Contact »

• Parts Room Supervisor
• Inventory Management
• Spear Coordinator
• Shipping/Receiving
• Warranty Recovery Program

Rob Wyman
Contracts Administrator | Contact »

• Information Tech Equip
• Communication Equip
• Fuel/Lubricants
• Maintenance Equip
• Misc Service Agmts
• Graphics/Printing
• Copiers

Melissa Blankenship
Contracts Manager | Contact »

• Contracted transportation
• Professional services;
• Misc Service Agreements
• Graphics/Printing

Walter Watcher
Contracts Administrator | Contact » 

• Interagency Agmts
• MOUs/Misc Agmts
• DBE Program
• Dispositions / Surplus

Luz Granados
Buyer | Contact »

• Parts/inventory items
• Furniture
• Office supplies
• Paper products
• Mnt supplies
• Janitorial supplies


Riverside Transit Agency

Riverside Offices
1825 Third Street
P.O. Box 59968
Riverside, CA 92517-1968
(951) 565-5000
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Office Hours: 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday. Closed Saturdays, Sundays and Holidays.

Customer Information Center
(951) 565-5002
Hours of Operation: 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. weekdays, 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. weekends.

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