Doing Business With NCTD

Doing Business With NCTD Doing Business With NCTD

Working With NCTD

We welcome the opportunity to work with you. Find helpful information regarding the bidding process, DBE program, advertising opportunities, and working around the rails.

Contracting Opportunities

We are committed to providing an equal opportunity for all business enterprises to participate in our procurement and contracting activities through our online bidding system.

To begin the process, visit the PlanetBids Vendor Portal for NCTD where you can register as a bidder online, search for bid requests, order and download documents, bid electronically (where applicable), and much more.

Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) Information

It is NCTD’s policy to ensure that Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE), as defined in 49 CFR Part 26 (Code of Federal Regulations), have an equal opportunity to receive and participate in Department of Transportation (DOT) assisted contracts. As of October 1, 2019, NCTD has established an overall DBE goal of 4.2% for federally-funded contracts to be awarded by NCTD. Should you wish to receive additional information about NCTD’s DBE Program or have additional questions, please contact NCTD’s DBE Liaison Officer, Bradley Saran, at or (760) 966-6631.

Click here for more information on how to register to do business with NCTD.


2019 San Diego Association of Governments (SANDAG) and North County Transit District (NCTD) Disparity Study

NCTD and the San Diego Association of Governments (SANDAG) have retained BBC Research & Consulting (BBC) to conduct a disparity study that will provide information to help NCTD and SANDAG refine their implementations of the Federal Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) Program. The study will assess whether minority- and woman-owned businesses face any barriers as part of agencies’ contracting processes.  The study kicked off was in April 2019 and is expected to be completed in early 2020.

For an overview of the disparity study, including frequently asked questions, events, disparity study documents, and contact information, click here. For details about the disparity study timeline, click here. To access the 2019 SANDAG and NCTD Disparity Study Project Initiation Presentation, click here.

Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) Program
Finding California Certified DBEs and Other Small Businesses

Prime contractors who are looking to use DBEs as subcontractors on upcoming contracts may do so by searching the
Caltrans Office of Business & Economic Opportunity’s DBE Database.


Prime contractors who are looking to use other California certified small businesses, such as a Minority-Owned Business (MBE), Women-Owned Business (WBE), Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender Owned Business (LGBT), Small Business (SB), or Disabled Veteran Business (DVBE) may do so by searching the
Cal eProcure Small Business/ Disabled Veteran Business Enterprise Database.

Financial Services for Contractors

NCTD highly encourages contractors to use minority and women-owned banks when seeking financial services. A list of minority and women-owned financial institutions can be found here.

Helpful Business Links

The Caltrans Office of Business & Economic Opportunity

The Caltrans Office of Business & Economic Opportunity provides businesses with resources and materials to assist them in becoming a certified firm, finding advertised contracts, working with Caltrans, upcoming events, and more.


The Small Business Development Center (SBDC)

The Small Business Development Center (SBDC) provides aspiring and current small business owners a variety of free business consulting and low-cost training services including: business plan development, manufacturing assistance, financial packaging and lending assistance, exporting and importing support, disaster recovery assistance, procurement and contracting aid, market research help, 8(a) program support, and healthcare guidance.


The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA)

The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) also provides resources and materials to help aspiring and current small business owners help with loans, investment capital, bonds, counseling sessions, and other forms of assistance to small businesses.

Event Calendar

The calendar below posts up-to-date information on events that will either be hosted or attended by NCTD. If you wish to attend an event, please follow the identified instructions for each event.

  • SBDC Meet the Buyers - San Marcos
    San Marcos City Hall Community Room
    1 Civic Center Drive, San Marcos, CA 92069
  • Connecting with Capital Expo
    Escondido Chamber
    201 N. Broadway, Escondido, CA 92025
  • SBDC Connecting with Capital Expo
    Chula Vista City Council Chambers
    276 Fourth Ave., Chula Vista, CA 91910
  • SBDC Be the Best! Women's Business Expo
  • Airport Authority, Meet the Primes
  • Caltrans District 11 Annual Procurement and Resource Fair
    Balboa Park Club Ballroom
    2150 Pan American Road West, San Diego, CA 92101
  • SBDC Meet the Buyers - Celebrating and Honoring Veterans

Department Contact Information

Procurement & Contract Administration Division
ATTN: Jennifer M. Taylor
Chief Procurement and Contract Administration Officer | (760) 967-2862

Please direct Purchase Order/Contract questions to and invoice inquiries to Accounts Payable (760) 967-2825.

Provisions for
Purchase Orders

Seller is required to adhere to NCTD’s Terms and Conditions.

Special Conditions
Federal procurements must comply with all applicable federal contract provisions as established by various laws and regulations. The requirements for the provisions will vary depending on the type and size of the procurement action. Application of a certain provision also depends on established contract dollar thresholds and whether the contract is for construction or for another purpose, click below to view the:

Federal Transit Administration Required Clauses
GM Policy #8 – Standard of Conduct Policy and Procedure