The MBTA conducts business with third-party companies in a variety of ways, depending on the nature of the work, the value of the contract, and the department managing the procurement.
There are 4 ways to do business with the MBTA:
For general goods and services, whenever available, the MBTA uses vendors on the statewide contract. Register with COMMBUYS to bid on opportunities with the Commonwealth.
For small goods and services contracts (valued at less than $50,000), the MBTA uses the Fairmarkit bidding platform. You can bid on any contract without registering.
The MBTA manages procurements for Capital Delivery projects internally. These are typically multi-year, multi-phase design and construction projects involving vendors in a variety of fields, but may also include professional services contracts for engineering reviews or audits of MBTA programs.
The MBTA manages its own purchasing for goods and services contracts valued at more than $50,000. Typical needs include automotive and railcar maintenance services, fare media, uniforms, industrial supplies, and more.
Register with the MBTA and get notified of bids in your industry.
There are 2 departments that manage MBTA contracts:
- Capital Delivery, which manages professional services and construction purchasing for Capital Delivery projects
- Procurement and Logistics, which manages materials purchasing for general MBTA operations
Not sure where to start? Read our guide to learn more about the MBTA bidding and solicitation process and the types of businesses we typically work with.
Businesses owned by women, people of color, and members of other disadvantaged groups can benefit from networking and partnership opportunities.
Learn how the program works and how to become a certified DBE.
Bid Appeal and Protest Procedures
Additional Capital Delivery Documentation
Download MBTA policies related to contract administration, contractor prequalifications, terms and conditions, and more.
View each responder’s bid amount for all Capital Delivery solicitations.
View all policy and procedure manuals related to solicitations, procurement, and execution of Capital Delivery projects.
Additional Procurement and Logistics Documentation
Read the terms and conditions that apply to Procurement and Logistics bids.
If you’re awarded a Procurement and Logistics contract, you must fill out Form W-9 to receive payments from the MBTA. Submit Form W-9 with your Vendor Information Form.
Reference this form for the MBTA's taxpayer ID, needed on your Vendor Information Form.
(Updated June 4, 2018)
If you're awarded a contract from the Invitation for Bid process, reference this document to learn about certifications and executive orders to which all vendors awarded contracts must comply.
View documents associated with the MBTA’s recent re-bid to outsource Commuter Rail operations. Keolis was awarded the contract in 2014.
View documents associated with the MBTA’s recent solicitation to replace the Red and Orange Lines’ train car fleet.
View frequently asked questions for Procurement and Logistics bids.