Thanks for your interest in becoming a vendor or supplier to MAX. We invite fair and open competition in our procurement of products and services, and encourage participation by small and women or minority-owned Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) firms. On this page you will find any current solicitations, as well as addenda and contract award information. Simply click on the current solicitations to view as a pdf file. If you wish to be added to our vendor list to receive notices of solicitations, click on contact us and provide your contact information.
MAX has established a Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) program in accordance with regulations of the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT).
To view the Authority’s Disadvantaged Business Enterprise Program for Fiscal Years 2019-2021, please click here.
For information on obtaining DBE certification, contact:
Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT)
P. O. Box 30050
Lansing, MI 48909
To be directed to the Michigan Unified Certification Program page of MDOT’s DBE website, please click here.
Small Business Program (SBP)
MAX has incorporated a race- and gender-neutral small business element into its DBE Program, per 49 CFR Part 26.39, to facilitate participation with not only DBEs, but also non-DBE small businesses (SBPs/SBEs). MAX is committed to providing equal and open access for small businesses, and ensuring that all small business designations receive adequate opportunities to participate in contracting and procurement activities.
For information on Michigan Department of Transportation’s Small Business Program (SBP), please click here.
If you are currently certified as a Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) in Michigan, you are automatically included in the SBP and do not need to submit an application.
Additional Small Business support is available through the following organizational links:
Michigan Small Business Development Center
Michigan West Coast Chamber of Commerce
Procurement Technical Assistance Center of Michigan
U.S. DOT Office of Small & Disadvantaged Business Utilization
Types of Purchases
MAX purchases buses and other service vehicles, automotive parts, office and janitorial supplies, and a wide variety of materials and services for the maintenance, repair, and operation of the transit authority. Procurements are made in accordance with the MAX Purchasing Policy & Manual, and applicable Federal, State, and local laws and regulations.
MAX receives federal grants from the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) to fund a portion of its operations and some capital expenditures, therefore certain FTA procurement regulations may apply to specific procurements. Vendors bidding on MAX FTA-funded contracts must carefully review and consider the FTA required contract terms and conditions commonly referred to as the Federal Clauses.
There are several mandatory clauses applicable to every type of procurement action and other clauses are based on contract dollar threshold, or are situational. Purchase orders may be issued with a supplemental attachment providing the full language of the federal clauses or other additional contract language.
Vendor Responsibility Record
MAX will only contract with responsible contractors. Vendors are encouraged to maintain a responsible performance record by adhering to all contract terms and specifications. If a contractor’s past performance on MAX contracts is unsatisfactory, MAX has the authority to suspend or debar that contractor from bidding on any future MAX solicitations.
To view current solicitations, please select RFPs from the News/RFPs/Events tab found at the top of this page.