The Rockford Mass Transit District (RMTD) procures goods and services in accordance with sound public contracting policies and procedures. As a recipient of federal funds, RMTD’s purchasing processes must abide by the rules and regulations of the United States Department of Transportation (DOT) and adhere to the Federal Transit Administration’s (FTA) third-party contracting guidelines. It must also follow applicable Illinois Procurement Codes, and State’s Capital Grant Manual on applicable state-funded projects.


For more information on the following procurement and purchasing opportunities, please contact Tricia Reed or Paula Hughes at RMTD, by calling (815) 961-9000 or via email, procurements@rmtd.org:


RMTD’s DBE Program Policy Statement may be found in the link below.

Policy Statement

The Rockford Mass Transit District conducts procurement transactions in a manner which provides for full and open competition. Rockford Mass Transit District takes all necessary steps to assure a level playing field when awarding contracts.  If anyone wishes to protest a procurement the procedure for doing so can be obtained here.  protest procedures

Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) Goal

The Rockford Mass Transit District (RMTD) has established an overall three year goal for participation of Disadvantaged Business Enterprises for FFY 2022, 2023 and 2024 of 1%, based on information currently available.

The rationale for this goal and supporting information will be available for public inspection at the RMTD Administrative Office, 520 Mulberry Street, Rockford, IL 61101, Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. for 30 days from the publication of this notice.

Public comments regarding the DBE goal will be accepted for 45 days from the date of this notice. Qualified DBE firms are encouraged to contact RMTD at the above address to learn how to become certified with the Illinois Unified Certification Program (IL UCP).

Published in Rockford Register Star on June 15, 2021


The Rockford Mass Transit District would like to encourage all small businesses owned and controlled by socially and economically disadvantaged individuals to become certified as a Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE). Please visit https://idot.illinois.gov/doing-business/certifications/disadvantaged-business-enterprise-certification/index to apply for a DBE certification with the Illinois Unified Certification Program (IL UCP). The IL UCP was established to meet the requirements in federal regulations, 49 CFR part 26. These regulations require that all recipients of federal-aid must implement a “one-stop” certification process for Disadvantaged Business Enterprises (DBEs). “One Stop” shopping will be provided to DBE program applicants, such that an applicant need only apply once for DBE certification that will be honored by all participating agencies in the IL UCP. Only the following five agencies, the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT), City of Chicago, CTA, Metra and Pace, are authorized to accept IL UCP applications.

However, once certified by any of the above agencies, all IL UCP participating agencies, including Rockford Mass Transit District (RMTD), will honor that IL UCP DBE Certification. Once you have been certified, your firm will be listed in the IL UCP Directory. Only DBE firms listed in this directory may be counted towards RMTD’s DBE goal. The current directory may be found at http://www.idot.illinois.gov/doing-business/certifications/disadvantaged-business-enterprise-certification/il-ucp-directory/index 

If you have any questions regarding the above DBE information, please contact RMTD’s Liaison Officer, Paula Hughes at: Rockford Mass Transit District Attn: DBE Liaison Officer 520 Mulberry Street Rockford, IL 61101-1016

Any additional questions can be directed to Paula Hughes at PHughes@rmtd.org or by calling RMTD at 815-961-9000.