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Bus Stop ADA Access Improvement Project # 2022-025

ADA Bus Stop Improvements 2022-025 ITB

Whatcom Transportation Authority (WTA) provides fixed route, paratransit, and vanpool service throughout Whatcom County. WTA is a municipal corporation formed in 1983.  The transit revenue fleet consists of 57 fixed route buses, 37 paratransit vehicles, and 39 vanpools. WTA employs 220 employees. 

WTA’s mission is to enhance our community by:

  • Delivering safe, reliable, efficient and friendly service
  • Offering environmentally sound transportation choices
  • Providing leadership in creating innovative transportation solutions
  • Partnering with our community to improve transportation systems

Additional information about WTA can be found at www.ridewta.com.

Whatcom Transportation Authority (WTA) is requesting bids for the Bus Stop ADA Access Improvement Project # 2022-025.

This Contract provides for the improvement of nineteen (19) bus stops and pads located at various sites throughout the City of Bellingham, City of Lynden, Lummi Reservation, City of Sumas, and Whatcom County. The project consists of, but is not limited to, excavation, disposal and removal of items; installation of curb, gutter, sidewalk, concrete bus stop pads, and traffic control; erosion control measures; construction survey work; and all other work described in Plans and Specifications (Work).

The preliminary independent estimate for the proposed Work is $125,000 to $157,000 and is jointly funded by City of Bellingham and WTA.

The Contractor shall provide project management to maintain the desired schedule concerning logistics and sequencing of the Work which will all occur in busy traffic areas with limited staging; coordinate securement of all necessary permits; manage and be the custodian of any government furnished equipment; and assure adherence to all laws and regulations pertaining to the municipalities where work will be executed.

This Contract will be subject to Washington State Prevailing Wage and retainage rules, and the Public Works provisions, RCW Chapter 39.04. Federal Davis Bacon wage rates will not apply. Separate payment and performance bonds[1] will be required.

The Contract will be awarded to the lowest priced responsive and responsible Bidder.

Work is anticipated to start after the Notice to Proceed is issued.

A bid bond will be required.

Proposers are advised that they will be required to adhere to the terms and conditions of this bid request. WTA will not negotiate any aspect of the required service or contract once the Intent to Award is issued. WTA will not make any concessions for Bidders who are not completely familiar with the scope or contract requirements.

This project is not funded using Federal money.

Sealed bids will be received only through WTA’s contract portal: https://wta.cobblestone.software/gateway/SolicitationPublicSearch.aspx.

Bids are due 60 minutes before the virtual bid opening to allow for resolution of any technical issues


Date: 2022 – 2023

Procurement Request Released

November 18

Questions, Clarifications, Approved Equals & Substitutions

December 9

Bids Due to Contracting Portal*

December 28 no later than 10:00 AM PST

Public Bid Opening

December 28 at 11:00 AM PST

Estimated Award Date**

January 12, 2023

Estimated Project Start Date

Q1 2023

*WTA will not open bids received after this date.

**WTA reserves the right to award a contract(s) no more than sixty (60) days after this date.

WTA reserves the right to modify the Procurement Schedule through written addenda.  Addenda are emailed to known plan holders and posted in WTA’s procurement portal.

Public bid opening will be held virtually via Teams. Bids can be submitted to the Portal any time up to the public bid opening, but no later.

Bids received will not be available for review by the public until after award confirmation.

[1] RCW 60.28.011(1)(b)

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