Disadvantaged Business Enterprise
GRTA is committed to carrying out all applicable requirements as contained in 49 CFR Part 26, “Participation by Disadvantaged Business Enterprises In Department of Transportation Programs”, and has adopted a DBE participation goal of 11% for FY2015–FY2017.
Doing Business with GRTA as a DBE/Small Business
Read the Disadvantage Business Enterprise Program Policy Statement – FY 2015- FY 2017
GRTA’s operates the Xpress regional commuter coach service and administers the Atlanta region’s vanpool service. To provide our services, we rely on a broad range of contractors and suppliers who work with us through the procurement process. The goods and services we purchase are crucial to providing safe, reliable transportation for our customers.
Goods and services purchased by GRTA range from paper clips to articulated buses. We encourage small businesses owned by minorities and women to pursue contracts to compete for GRTA business.
To make it easier for you to do business with GRTA, we’ve prepared this website area to explain our procurement process system, and let you know how we select our vendors.
Is selling to GRTA difficult?
GRTA procurement process is easy, once you learn the system. Each contract is detailed and contains specific requirements that vendors must meet.
How can I learn about upcoming bid opportunities?
To reach as many potential vendors as possible, GRTA uses the Georgia Procurement Registry at http://ssl.doas.state.ga.us/PRSapp/ as its primary source for advertising. You can also get the information you need from this website by clicking on the “Doing Business with GRTA” button at the bottom of every page.
What are the criteria for obtaining certification?
The eligibility requirements as a DBE or M/WBE by GRTA are similar. To be eligible for certification under either federal or state program, your firm will be required to submit documentation showing it is an ongoing independent business enterprise that is owned, operated and controlled by a “socially and economically disadvantaged” individual (for DBEs) or by a “minority group member” or a woman (for M/WBEs). Generally, your business should have been in operation for at least a year.
How does DBE or M/WBE Certification help get business?
Based on federal and state guidelines, the Division may set goals for participation of these vendors on a contract.
When a contract is ready for bid, GRTA identifies available qualified DBE and M/WBE vendors and sends a list to the venders seeking bids.GRTA Procurement Department