Advertising on buses is a great way to get your message out to a broad audience on a frequent and consistent basis. MTD’s buses are the only billboards in town – your clients & customers are either riding buses or following buses every day! Our fleet circulates throughout South Coast Santa Barbara County 363 days per year, covering more than 2.6 million miles in more than 200,000 hours on the road and carrying about 8 million passengers. Whether you put your ad on the inside or outside of a bus, that’s a LOT of potential impressions!

Please see the rate sheet below for details on the costs of advertising on the various types of buses in MTD’s fleet.


MTD regularly purchases assets, goods, and services necessary to provide public transit service. The procurement processes for doing so are based on full, open, and fair competition to the maximum extent feasible and as required by applicable laws and regulations. MTD utilizes typical governmental solicitation processes such as invitations for bids (IFB), requests for proposals (RFP), and less formal methods for smaller purchases of materials, supplies and services.

Disadvantaged Business Enterprise Goal

Please click here to review MTD’s Overall Goal for Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) Participation in Federal Transit Administration Assisted Programs.

Small Purchases

MTD carries out non-recurring small purchases on an as-needed basis. In these instances, MTD normally limits contact to 2 or 3 vendors for requesting quotes. MTD selects these vendors based upon internet or telephone searches, knowledge of the market or trade, past experience with vendors, and expediency. If you wish to be considered for obtaining a quote, contact the appropriate person shown below.

For the purchase of supplies and services needed on an ongoing basis (office supplies, bus parts, etc.), MTD typically establishes a “pre-approved vendor” list each calendar year. The competitive process for selecting such vendors takes place for a particular need occurs at least once every five years. To be considered for placement on a particular pre-approved vendor list, contact the appropriate person shown on this page.

Formal Solicitations

With respect to the larger, publicly-noticed IFBs, RFPs, etc., interested parties may obtain pertinent information about active solicitations on this page. Bidder lists are typically developed prior to issuance of the solicitation through internet or telephone searches, knowledge of the market or trade, and past solicitations. If you wish to participate in an upcoming or ongoing formal solicitation, contact Brad Davis to be placed on the bidder list for that project in order to receive e-mail notifications regarding project requirements, activities and updates. Due to the limited number of formal solicitations, MTD does not maintain formal bidder lists or have a vendor registration database.

Protest Procedures

Procurement protest procedures have been established by MTD to ensure uniform, timely, and equitable consideration of any complaints received concerning procurement activities. A copy of MTD’s protest procedures is available at the following link: MTD Protest Procedures

MTD Purchasing Contacts

Bus Parts & Bus Cleaning Supplies

Steve Hahn

Facilities Maintenance, Service & Supplies

Frank Reynoso

Office Equipment & Supplies

Lilly Gomez

IT Equipment, Service & Supplies

Tom Sheldon

Bus Stops & Passenger Information

George Amoon

Formal Solicitations

Brad Davis


Santa Barbara MTD is accepting bids for Energy Storage System (ESS) Unit Replacements. MTD is inviting bids from qualified contractors to furnish, deliver, remove old, and install new ESS units on seven (7) Gillig hybrid-electric buses. Sealed bids will be received at 550 Olive Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93101 until December 27, 2017, at 2:00 PM, when bids will be opened and read aloud.

Download a copy of the IFB here (December 14, 2017)
Response to Requests for Changes & Clarifications to ESS IFB (December 20, 2017)
Important Bidders List Note

To be added to the bidders list for any above project, send an e-mail to indicating the specific project. While MTD will provide courtesy e-mails regarding project solicitation documents, announcements, and updates to those on the bid list, it remains the responsibility of interested parties to check this web page for the latest solicitation-related information. Failure of an interested party to take into account solicitation requirements posted on this web page but not received by e-mail from MTD will not relieve the bidder of any consequences of its not meeting the requirements.