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MBTA Solicitations Overview

For large contracts valued at more than $50,000, the MBTA manages the procurement process internally. 

Note: to bid on small goods and services contracts, visit the FairMarkIT platform. The MBTA uses the statewide contract for general goods and services. Register for COMMBUYS to bid on those contracts. 

Bid Types and Responsible Departments

The MBTA uses a bidding and procurement process to set relationships with third-party suppliers. The department in charge of managing bids (also called solicitations) depends on the type of service needed:

Capital DeliveryProcurement and Logistics
Capital Delivery

Service Need

  • Professional Services (Design)
  • Construction
Procurement and Logistics

Service Need

  • Materials (Goods and Services)
Capital Delivery

Solicitation Types

  • Requests for Proposals (RFP)
  • Requests for Qualifications (RFQ)
  • Notice to Bidders (NTB)
Procurement and Logistics

Solicitation Types

  • Invitations for Bids (IFB)
  • Request for Proposals (RFP)
  • Request for Information (RFI)

Any business with the relevant experience and capability to perform the work outlined is welcome to apply for any solicitation. 

Common Fields and Industries

The MBTA contracts with groups in a range of fields on projects including station design and construction, consulting, and materials purchasing. Here are some professions and business types we commonly work with, broken down by service need:

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Bid Openings

Submitting Bids

Be sure to include all required documentation with your submission. Incomplete or late bids will not be considered.

Appealing or Protesting Bids

Do you need to appeal the awarding of a contract to a particular vendor or request clarifications or changes to a solicitation before it’s awarded? Follow these steps to submit an appeal to the MBTA. 

Bid appeal and protest procedures