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Small Business Contract Opportunities

The CTA Small Business pilot program is designed to give certified small businesses an opportunity to bid as primes on CTA contracts. Under the pilot program, selected contracts below $3,000,000 in value will be set aside for small businesses to bid on as prime contractors.

The following requirements must be met to be eligible to participate in the CTA Small Business Program:

  1. The company must meet the size standards for small businesses as revised by the Small Business Administration (SBA) for the industry in which it works.
  2. The company must be certified as a small business by the IL UCP. Self-certification is not permitted.

For more information on the pilot program as well as list of agencies for which CTA accepts small business certifications, please visit our Small Business Page.

Please note that each solicitation available for download will include all forms required to submit a complete bid to the CTA, including special conditions regarding the Small Business Program.

In addition, all contracting opportunities for the Chicago Transit Authority are advertised in the classified section of the Chicago Sun-Times newspaper.

E-mail notification

CTA notifies registered vendors of new publicly advertised contracting opportunities through e-mail notifications. The e-mail will be sent to CTA registered vendors by commodity. For vendor registration and other information, visit the CTA Vendor Registration and DBE Certification website.

All vendors are encouraged to update their business contact information including their e-mail address and list of commodities as all notifications will be sent via e-mail.

Additional help

For assistance with obtaining, viewing and downloading bid information, please read the following:

Viewing CTA bids from the Internet (.pdf)


Contract opportunities

Category Solicitation Number Title Due Date:
Services B19FT04609R Invitation for Bid (IFB) for Small Business Enterprise (SBE) Firm(s) to Provide Staffing for Printed Material Distribution for the CTA’s Red and Purple Modernization Program (RPM) for a Period of 3 Years with 3 One Year Options. (REVISED) 4/30/2020 02:00 PM