DOING BUSINESS WITH US

To provide our services to St. Cloud, Sartell, Sauk Rapids and Waite Park, we rely on a range of contractors and suppliers through the procurement process. This page offers information and guidelines to current procurement opportunities offered by Metro Bus.

Procurement

Are you interested in working with us as a vendor or contractor? We issue solicitations for construction projects, goods, inventory items, consultant and professional services.

We are committed to ensuring equal opportunity for all vendors interested in our projects. We strongly encourage contractors, subcontractors, joint ventures, Small Business Enterprises (SBE) and Disadvantaged Business Enterprises (DBE) to bid on relevant projects and contracts.

Learn more about MnDOT’s small business and program development at Small Business Development Centers (SBDC) / Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (mn.gov).

Standard purchase order terms and conditions

The standard terms and conditions of purchase linked below are included with every purchase order issued by Metro Bus (“Buyer”). All Purchase Orders by Buyer become binding contracts, subject to the terms and conditions hereof, upon confirmation of the Purchase Order or upon the commencement of performance by the Seller (the party accepting the Purchase Order). ANY CHANGE, ADDITION OR MODIFICATION TO THE PURCHASE ORDER MUST BE AGREED TO IN WRITING BY THE BUYER. In some circumstances, due to the nature of the goods/services, supplemental terms and conditions of purchase have to be developed. The buyer will assist you in assessing the need for supplemental terms and conditions of purchase.

Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE)

As a part of our community involvement, service and dedication, we offer socially and economically disadvantaged individuals with equal opportunities to obtain contracts and project work. The St. Cloud Metropolitan Transit Commission (Metro Bus) established a Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) and Small Business Enterprise (SBE) Program in accordance with regulations of the US Department of Transportation in 2012.

Before you can participate as a DBE, read the Mn/DOT eligibility requirements and complete the appropriate forms to demonstrate that your business is eligible for the program. Learn more: https://dot.state.mn.us/civilrights/small-business-eligibility.html.

DBE Directory: A searchable listing of all DBEs certified to perform work under the MN/DOT DBE program. Search by state, city, vendor, NAICS codes and more.

AVAILABLE OPPORTUNITIES

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St. Cloud Metropolitan Transit Commission Dial-a-Ride Bus Graphics RFP

The purpose of this Request for Proposal is to invite qualified vendors to participate in the competitive bidding process to produce and install fleet graphics (interior and exterior) for eight (8) new ARBOC buses used for Dial-a-Ride paratransit service.

Any immediate questions, requests for clarifications, or comments related to this IFB must be submitted via email to: Nate Ramacher, Marketing & Communications Manager: [email protected].

Proposal must be received by Metro Bus on: Friday, February 9, 2024.

Proposals and all supporting documentation may be submitted via email, regular mail or hand delivered to the Attention of: Nate Ramacher, Marketing & Communications Manager.
• Email: [email protected]
• Address: 700 W St. Germain St., St. Cloud, MN, 56302
Mailed or hand delivered proposals must be clearly marked with and emails must have the subject line: “Metro Bus Dial-a-Ride Bus Graphics Proposal”.

Late proposals will not be accepted, will be deemed “non-responsive” and will be left unopened.

St. Cloud Metropolitan Transit Commission RFP Vehicle Hoist Replacement Project

The St. Cloud Metropolitan Transit Commission (Metro Bus) will be accepting proposals from qualified contractors to remove and replace a bus maintenance area vehicle hoist at its Operations Center located at 665 Franklin Avenue, NE per the specifications, requirements and scope of work as defined within the below RFP.

Any immediate questions, requests for clarifications, or comments related to this RFP must be submitted in writing to: Gary Korneck, Procurement Manager: [email protected] no later than Friday, February 9, 2024 at noon CDT via certified mail, or hand delivered. Submitted proposals must be clearly identified as: “Metro Bus Vehicle Hoist Replacement Project”.

Pre-Proposal meetings and site visits will be held at Metro Bus Operations located at 665 Franklin Avenue, N.E., St. Cloud, MN 56304 beginning Monday, January 15, 2024, through Friday, January 26, 2024, between the hours of 7 AM and 2:30 PM. Contractors are encouraged to schedule a meeting to ensure a full understanding of Metro Bus’s needs. Please contact Mike Reid, Maintenance Manager, to schedule your date and time Ph: 320-529-4491, Email: [email protected]

AVAILABLE OPPORTUNITIES

There are no available opportunities at this time.

ADVERTISING WITH METRO BUS

Various types of transit advertising are available to provide high visibility for your product of service on a daily basis.

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Your ad reaches drivers and pedestrians regardless of station preference.

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Your ad is more exclusive in its space and better targeted geographically.

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Your ad moves throughout the service area for expanded, multiple location exposure.

Advertising Options

BUS ADVERTISING

Mobile Advertising on Bus Exteriors & Interiors

Transit advertising is a great alternative to traditional media and can expose your brand to tens of thousands of potential customers every week.

We offer advertising on the sides or back of the bus as well as full and half wraps. Interior 11” x 28” ad options that are perfect for advertisers or non-profits with smaller budgets. Or go bigger with custom interior graphics and really draw attention.

SHELTER ADVERTISING

Shelter: Currently SOLD OUT

Perfect for targeting specific high traffic areas with your company’s message, shelter ads are an affordable and effective way to communicate with your key consumers. Visible to thousands of motorists, pedestrians and bus riders daily, benches raise awareness of your business.

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  • Shelters are placed in high traffic areas
  • Thousands of impressions a day
  • Choose from 15 sites in St. Cloud and Waite Park
  • Change your message at any time during your contract by having new panels printed or rotate your panels between several shelters.
  • Each shelter includes two 4-ft by 6-ft ad panels for one price
  • Most shelters are backlit, giving your advertising impact day and night
  • Double duty: Two sign panels per shelter
  • Short- and long-term contracts available
  • Economical: Affordable production and advertising.

BENCH ADVERTISING

Bench advertising is an affordable way to target specific geographic areas in St. Cloud and Waite Park. Benches stand alone, allowing unobstructed visibility in any kind of weather.

Example of a Metro Bus Bench ad

  • Located at active bus stops along busy roads
  • Ad panel is 2-ft by 6-ft
  • Terms: Short- and long-term contracts available
  • We can help with design and printing options

For Rates and Availability Contact
Houck Transit Advertising
800.777.7290
www.houckads.com

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