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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 Tribune newspaper.

Contract opportunities

CTA is pleased to announce it has engaged Bonfire to create a portal through which solicitations will be posted and where bids and proposals will be submitted. As of July 6, 2020 CTA will conduct virtual bid openings for Invitations for Bids through Zoom. Bidders who submit bids and attend the bid openings will be permitted to inspect the bids one hour following bid opening. These bidders will receive instructions on how to inspect bids via email.  

Effective for all procurements due on or after July 6, 2020, CTA will transition to electronic submission through the Bonfire platform. CTA is in the process of migrating existing IFBs to the Bonfire platform, additional instruction for these procurements will follow in the form of addenda. New procurements (IFBs/RFPs/LIQs) will be posted on the Bonfire platform as well. Because CTA is moving to electronic submission, companies wishing to respond to procurements must register and upload their submissions through the Bonfire portal, available at https://transitchicago.bonfirehub.com/portal/?tab=openOpportunities.

NOTE: You must register with Bonfire even if you are a current CTA registered vendor or currently do business with CTA. Hard copy responses will no longer be accepted for procurements due on or after July 6, 2020. Registration is easy and free.  Please be sure to select NAICS codes associated with your type of business or organization. Our solicitations will be set up using those codes and will be matched to vendors and contractors with the same codes.

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We're sorry, but there are no published contract opportunities under the Small Business Program at this time. Please check back soon for opportunities.