Submitted by: Kristin Geiger, Public Information Manager, SEPTA
There are more opportunities than ever for small companies to do business with SEPTA in the Authority’s new ‘Rebuilding for the Future’ capital construction program. SEPTA’s ‘Rebuilding for the Future’ program includes improvements to critical infrastructure such as substations, bridges and stations. The new program made possible with the passage of Act 89, the state’s new transportation funding bill, was approved by the legislature and signed by Governor Tom Corbett last fall. Under Act 89, the Authority will begin to receive additional state capital funding this year, with the amounts growing gradually until full funding levels are achieved in approximately five years.
This is an exciting time for SEPTA as ‘Rebuilding for the Future’ projects advance in the Philadelphia region, thousands of jobs will be supported and the Authority is making sure that small, minority and women-owned businesses aren’t left out.
In May, SEPTA’s board authorized the application of Federal DBE Regulations for all SEPTA procurements greater than $100,000 (regardless of funding source). SEPTA has set an overall goal of 13 percent DBE participation for Act 89 funded projects.
“Applying Federal DBE requirements to our state-funded projects opens the door for more small, minority and women-owned businesses to participate in the Authority’s contracting opportunities,” DBE Program Director Mary Connell said.
SEPTA’s DBE Program is designed to meaningfully involve small, minority owned businesses who are ready, willing and able to participate in all facets of SEPTA’s contracting and purchasing activities. The DBE Program Office provides technical assistance, training, and other resources for vendors looking to do business with SEPTA.
SEPTA Director of Contract Administration Andy Abdallah added that projects will be moving quickly and that Bid and RFP Opportunities will be listed on SEPTA’s website.
“We want to make sure companies are registered with our Electronic Procurement System to ensure that firm’s receive automatic notifications when material or equipment less than $100,000 and within their area of expertise is being procured by SEPTA,” said Robert Landgraf, Director of Supply Chain Management for SEPTA.
In 2014 alone, SEPTA plans to award contracts for more than $200 million in new capital projects which include a number of improvements that have been deferred due to capital funding constraints. Act 89 is projected to nearly double the annual capital budget by Fiscal Year 2018.