19th annual Transportation Symposium and Business Exchange scheduled for November 15
The RTA, in collaboration with the Chicago Transit Authority (CTA), Metra, Pace, Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) and Illinois Tollway Authority, invites you to attend the 19th annual Transportation Symposium and Business Exchange. The Transportation Symposium strongly encourages Disadvantaged Business Enterprises (DBEs), Minority Business Enterprises (MBEs), Women Business Enterprises (WBEs) and Small Business Enterprises (SBEs) to attend. You will hear from successful DBEs on how to overcome obstacles, build capacity, and find resources to grow your business. Take advantage of this opportunity to network with government and transportation stakeholders.
The Transportation Symposium and Business Exchange will take place on November 15, 2016 from 9am-2pm at the Chicago Cultural Center, 78 E. Washington Street, Chicago, IL 60602, in the Sidney R. Yates Gallery. Register Today!
New Small Business Enterprise program
On August 1, 2016, Pace launched a Small Business Enterprise (SBE) program. This exciting new program provides greater opportunity for small businesses to participate in Pace's contracting process as prime contractors. Under the SBE program, projects estimated to cost between $40,000 and $200,000 will be reviewed to determine if they can be set aside for competitive bidding among only qualifying SBE firms.
Firms looking to participate in SBE set-aside procurements must be certified by meeting the following requirements:
Companies that are DBE-certified are automatically eligible to participate in the SBE program (per the Code of Federal Regulations 49 Part 26.39). The SBE Program is race- and gender-neutral, consistent with Pace’s goal to ensure that businesses of all types and sizes have the opportunity to participate on projects. Areas of opportunity may include but are not limited to materials, supplies, and equipment.
All businesses interested in bidding on Pace small business set-aside contracts must be a registered DBE or SBE with Pace or one of the other four Illinois Unified Certification Program (ILUCP), members: Chicago Transit Authority, Metra, Illinois Department of Transportation and the City of Chicago.
For additional information on the DBE and SBE certification processes or to download the application, visit: http://www.pacebus.com/sub/purchasing/dbe_program.asp.
These service changes include combining routes to optimize service; adding earlier and later trips; lengthening the span of service on the new, combined routes; and adding the new Route 722 to connect the Metra BNSF Railway Naperville Station and Yorktown Center in Lombard (operates every 30 minutes, all day Monday-Saturday), increasing access to this part of DuPage County. The restructured Pace routes will meet 33% more Metra trains than they meet currently.
“Pace works hard to meet the changing needs of our regional commuters with the resources we’re given,” said Pace Chairman of the Board Richard Kwasneski. “Modernization plans like this rely heavily on current service evaluation, market research and community input. We’re pleased to report that this final service plan incorporates public feedback gathered at hearings held earlier this year and maintains a robust level of service to / from connecting services.”
Affected routes include 462, 464, 684, 686, 688, 689, 714, 722, and 821. The regular adult fare is $1.75 with a Ventra Card ($2 with cash). Reduced and free ride programs for eligible seniors and people with disabilities are available through the RTA (RTAChicago.com). See the DuPage Service Restructuring for additional information.
A letter from the Acting Executive Inspector General
A letter from the Acting Executive Inspector General.
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