BART launches vendor portal


BART launches vendor portal

BART is modernizing its business-to-business practices. We’ve launched a new procurement portal which allows existing and prospective bidders, proposers and vendors, contractors and suppliers to access upcoming  procurement opportunities and other information such as contracts out for bid and bids received.

BART launched the new portal in the “Doing Business” section of bart.gov after extensive testing with a representative group of existing vendors. Feedback from those vendors was evaluated and much of it was incorporated in the portal.

“We value strong relationships with our business partners,” said BART Chief Information Officer Ravi Misra. “Our business partners play a vital role in helping us deliver quality, sustainable services safely and ethically to our riders.”

Dick Wieczorek, Deprtment Manager Procurement added: "We are always looking for ways to improve the procurement process at BART. The portal was an idea that originated in the District's Business Advisory Council and I'm glad to see it coming to fruition."

One of the advantages of the portal is increased transparency in our contracting activities. It provides access to up-to-date information on advertisement of new contracts and gives existing contractors and subcontractors the ability to monitor financial data relative to payments under their contracts. The portal is intended to supplement the District’s efforts to support programs providing procurement assistance to Small Businesses, Disadvantaged, Minority, and Women Business Enterprises, Small Business Entities, and Micro-Small Business Entities.