Recommended Practice

The Process of Transit Procurement


This recommended practice describes a process for a typical procurement from inception through contract closeout and warranty. The major steps in that process are:

  • Identify and explore the need
  • Evaluate options and establish need for procurement
  • Select procurement method
  • Develop final solicitation
  • Execute solicitation
  • Contract administration
Document History
Document Number Version Publication Date Publication Related Information
APTA PS-PP-RP-007-13 Original 03/18/2013 Published Current


Procurement process, procurement plan, solicitation, contract, RFP, IFB, RFQ, RFI


When transit agencies standardize the process they utilize to procure goods and services, it enhances the effectiveness of their decisions and the ability of suppliers to respond to the agency’s requirements; and improve the likelihood of achieving successful procurements. Identify and explore the need.

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