The Ventura County Transportation Commission (VCTC) is soliciting responses to a Request for Proposals (RFP) dated July 26, 2022, from qualified transportation providers willing to operate fixed route, ADA paratransit and general-purpose Dial-A-Ride services within the Heritage Valley. The contract term would begin March 1, 2023. 

Release Date:July 25, 2022 
Optional Virtual Pre-proposal Meeting: August 15, 2022
Questions Due to VCTC:August 19, 2022 
Responses to Questions Posted: August 25, 2022 
Proposals Due:September 15, 2022 by 3:00 PM PDT 
Oral Presentation (as needed): October 4, 2022 (new date)

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Ventura County is a diverse coastal county with a population of approximately 850,000, encompassing both urban and rural areas. The Ventura County Transportation Commission (VCTC) is a regional transportation planning agency committed to keeping Ventura County moving. By working in close partnership with each of the cities and the County, the VCTC is ever mindful of maintaining the character of Ventura County while prioritizing transportation investments.
The VCTC is responsible for countywide transportation planning, programming transportation funds, managing and providing transportation programs and services, delivering transportation projects, and setting transportation priorities. In addition, VCTC provides commuter bus service connecting the various urbanized areas, as well as local bus service under the brand name “Valley Express” in the cities of Santa Paula and Fillmore and the adjacent unincorporated area. VCTC has approximately 23 full time employees.

Release Date: June 3, 2022
Proposals Due: August 19, 2022

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The Ventura County Transportation Commission (VCTC) seeks to create a bench of qualified on-call grant writing consultants and firms who possess specific grant writing expertise across various areas (transportation, transit, and infrastructure, etc.) to provide tailored grant writing and specialized transit management support services. Responding individuals or firms must provide evidence that they have previously written grants that have successfully secured state and federal funding for government agencies.

Release Date: June 3, 2022
Questions Due to VCTC: June 10, 2022
Proposals Due: July 15, 2022

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VCTC is committed to encouraging involvement of Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) and firms in all aspects of contracting involvement in all phases of VCTC’s procurement activities, including, but not limited to, fixed-price contracts, regular purchases of goods and services, and special government grant procurement to the maximum extent feasible.

It is the policy of VCTC to ensure that DBEs have an equal opportunity to receive and participate in DOT-assisted contracts. VCTC’s policy objectives are as follows:

  • Ensure nondiscrimination in the award and administration of DOT-assisted contracts;
  • Create a level playing field on which DBEs can compete fairly for DOT-assisted contracts;
  • Ensure that the DBE Program is narrowly tailored in accordance with applicable law;
  • Ensure that only firms that fully meet 49 CFR Part 26 eligibility standards are permitted to participate as DBEs;
  • Help remove barriers to the participation of DBEs in DOT-assisted contracts;
  • Assist the development of firms that can compete successfully in the marketplace outside the DBE Program.

VCTC will take every necessary and reasonable step under 49 CFR Part 26 to ensure nondiscrimination in the award and administration of Federal Transit Administration assisted contracts.

To qualify as a DBE a firm must meet the eligibility criteria stated in 49 CFR Part 26 and be certified through the California Unified Certification Program which is supervised by the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans).

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