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Public Contract Code - PCC

DIVISION 2. GENERAL PROVISIONS [1100 - 22355]

  ( Division 2 enacted by Stats. 1981, Ch. 306. )

PART 3. CONTRACTING BY LOCAL AGENCIES [20100 - 22178]

  ( Part 3 added by Stats. 1982, Ch. 465, Sec. 11. )

CHAPTER 1. Local Agency Public Construction Act [20100 - 20929]

  ( Chapter 1 added by Stats. 1982, Ch. 465, Sec. 11. )

ARTICLE 8. San Francisco Bay Area Rapid Transit District [20220 - 20229.1]
  ( Heading of Article 8 amended by Stats. 1984, Ch. 1128, Sec. 16. )

20220.
  

The provisions of this article shall apply to contracts by the San Francisco Bay Area Rapid Transit District, as provided for in Part 2 (commencing with Section 28500) of Division 10 of the Public Utilities Code.

(Added by Stats. 1982, Ch. 465, Sec. 11.)

20221.
  

(a) The purchase of all supplies, equipment, and materials when the expenditure required exceeds one hundred fifty thousand dollars ($150,000) shall be by contract let to the lowest responsible bidder or, in the district’s discretion, to the responsible bidder who submitted a proposal that provides the best value to the district on the basis of the factors identified in the solicitation. “Best value” means the overall combination of quality, price, and other elements of a proposal that, when considered together, provide the greatest overall benefit in response to requirements described in the solicitation documents. The construction of facilities and works when the expenditure required exceeds ten thousand dollars ($10,000) shall be by contract let to the lowest responsible bidder. Notice requesting bids shall be published at least once in a newspaper of general circulation. This publication shall be made at least 10 days before the bids are received. The board may reject any and all bids and readvertise in its discretion.

(b) Whenever the expected procurement required exceeds five thousand dollars ($5,000) and, in the case of the construction of facilities and works, does not exceed ten thousand dollars ($10,000) or, in the case of the purchase of supplies, equipment, or materials, does not exceed one hundred fifty thousand dollars ($150,000), the district shall obtain a minimum of three quotations, either written or oral, that permit prices and terms to be compared.

(c) Where the expenditure required by the bid price is less than one hundred thousand dollars ($100,000), the general manager may act for the board. When acting pursuant to this subdivision, the general manager shall, in each instance, promptly notify the board of the action taken.

(Amended by Stats. 2016, Ch. 143, Sec. 1. (AB 2030) Effective January 1, 2017.)

20221.1.
  

Notwithstanding any other provision of law, the governing board of the San Francisco Bay Area Rapid Transit District may, at its discretion, elect to design and construct all or any part of the extension of the district’s transit facilities to the San Francisco International Airport. If the board elects to design and construct the project, it shall comply with all of the following procurement procedures:

(a) A request for qualifications shall be prepared and submitted to an adequate number of sources, as determined by the district, in its discretion, to permit reasonable competition consistent with the nature and requirements of that portion of the extension the district has elected to design and construct in accordance with this section. In addition, notice of the request for qualifications shall be published at least once in a newspaper of general circulation, which publication shall be at least 10 days before responses to the request for qualifications are received. The request for qualifications shall identify the minimum standards that the district has determined, in its discretion, shall be met or exceeded by a contractor to successfully design and construct the project described in this section. Those standards may include, but are not limited to, technical experience and capability, financial condition and capacity, organization, and personnel.

(b) All respondents determined by the district to meet or exceed the minimum standards set forth in the request for qualifications shall be considered prequalified. The district may, in its discretion, repeat the prequalification process described in subdivision (a). If the district has prequalified at least three respondents, it may invite those prequalified to submit sealed bids for the project based upon plans and specifications prepared by the district. Only those who have been prequalified are eligible for award of a contract. Award shall be made to the prequalified bidder submitting the lowest responsive bid.

(c) The board may reject any and all bids and request new bids.

(Added by Stats. 1994, Ch. 988, Sec. 1. Effective September 29, 1994.)

20222.
  

If after rejecting bids the board determines and declares by a two-thirds vote of all its members that in its opinion the supplies, equipment and materials may be purchased at a lower price in the open market, the board may proceed to purchase the supplies, equipment and materials in the open market without further observance of the provisions requiring contracts, bids, or notice.

(Added by Stats. 1982, Ch. 465, Sec. 11.)

20223.
  

In case of an emergency, the board may, by resolution passed by a two-thirds vote of all its members, declare and determine that public interest and necessity demand the immediate expenditure of public money to safeguard life, health, or property, and thereupon proceed to expend or enter into a contract involving the expenditure of any sum needed in the emergency without observance of the provisions requiring contracts, bids, or notice. If notice for bids to let contracts will not be given, the board shall also comply with Chapter 2.5 (commencing with Section 22050).

(Amended by Stats. 1994, Ch. 803, Sec. 1.8. Effective January 1, 1995.)

20224.
  

Upon determining that immediate remedial measures to avert or alleviate damage to property, or to repair or restore damaged or destroyed property, of the district are necessary in order to insure that the facilities of the district are available to serve the transportation needs of the general public, and upon determining that available remedial measures, including procurement in compliance with Sections 20221, 20222, and 20223, are inadequate, the general manager may authorize the expenditure of money previously appropriated specifically by the board for the direct purchases of goods and services, without observance of the provisions of those sections.

The general manager shall, after any such expenditure, submit to the board a full report explaining the necessity for the action.

(Added by Stats. 1983, Ch. 1131, Sec. 2.)

20224.5.
  

All bids for construction work shall be presented under sealed cover and shall be accompanied by one of the following forms of bidder’s security:

(a) Cash.

(b) A cashier’s check made payable to the district.

(c) A certified check made payable to the district.

(d) A bidder’s bond executed by an admitted surety insurer, made payable to the district.

Upon an award to the lowest bidder, the security of an unsuccessful bidder shall be returned in a reasonable period of time, but in no event shall that security be held by the district beyond 60 days from the time the award is made.

(Amended by Stats. 1990, Ch. 808, Sec. 11.)

20225.
  

The general manager may establish districtwide purchasing standards, the purpose of which is to insure the necessary quality of supplies and equipment purchased by, or under the supervision of, the district and to permit the consolidation of purchases in order to effect greater economy in district purchasing.

(Added by Stats. 1983, Ch. 1131, Sec. 3.)

20226.
  

Notwithstanding Section 20221, and upon a finding by two-thirds of all members of the board that the proposed purchase in compliance with Sections 20221 and 20222 does not constitute a method of procurement adequate for the operation of district facilities or equipment, the board may direct the procurement of prototype equipment or modifications in an amount sufficient to conduct and evaluate operational testing without further observance of any provisions requiring contracts, bids, or notice.

(Added by Stats. 1983, Ch. 1131, Sec. 4.)

20227.
  

Notwithstanding Section 20221, the board may direct the purchase of any supply, equipment, or material without observance of any provision requiring contracts, bids, or notice upon a finding by two-thirds of all members of the board that there is only a single source of procurement therefor and that the purchase is for the sole purpose of duplicating or replacing supply, equipment, or material, as the case may be, in use.

(Added by Stats. 1983, Ch. 1131, Sec. 5.)

20228.
  

(a) Notwithstanding Section 20221, work on the Oakland Wye complex to the MacArthur Station project and on the Daly City turnback and storage facilities project may be performed by district personnel during periods of operation of the transit system when interconnection work is to be performed within 12 feet of the centerline of the existing track.

(b) Notwithstanding Section 20221, interconnection work required for the Dublin-Pleasanton Extension, Warm Springs Extension, Pittsburg-Antioch Extension, Colma-San Francisco Airport Extensions, and work required by Department of Transportation retrofit or replacement projects may be performed by district personnel when the work is to be performed within 12 feet of the centerline of existing track or where the tie-in or startup of the work could affect operating train control, traction power, electrical control, or communications systems and the district has determined that there is a clear risk to safety of personnel or to passenger service which requires that district personnel perform the work.

(c) Notwithstanding subdivisions (a) and (b), it shall continue to be the policy of the district to perform all interconnection work by competitive bidding.

(Amended by Stats. 1991, Ch. 168, Sec. 1.)

20229.
  

In order to facilitate the participation of minority-owned and women-owned businesses in nonfederally funded contracts consistent with federally funded contracts, the district may establish for nonfederally funded contracts percentage goals for participation of those businesses in subcontracts and subsupply contracts in accordance with the provisions of Part 23 (commencing with Section 23.1) of Title 49 of the Code of Federal Regulations in effect on January 1, 1983.

(Added by Stats. 1983, Ch. 731, Sec. 1.)

20229.1.
  

(a) Notwithstanding any other provision of law, the governing board of the San Francisco Bay Area Rapid Transit District may direct the purchase of (1) electronic equipment, including, but not limited to, computers, telecommunications equipment, fare collection equipment, and microwave equipment and (2) specialized rail transit equipment, including, but not limited to, rail cars, and contracts for work that include, at a minimum, conversion of the rail car motive power system to alternating current or the complete replacement of existing rail car motive power units that utilize direct current, by competitive negotiation upon a finding by two-thirds of all members of the board that the purchase of that equipment in compliance with provisions of this code generally applicable to the purchase does not constitute a method of procurement adequate for the district’s needs.

(b) Competitive negotiation, for the purposes of this section, shall include, as a minimum, all of the following elements:

(1) A request for proposal shall be prepared and submitted to an adequate number of qualified sources, as determined by the district in its discretion, to permit reasonable competition consistent with the nature and requirements of the procurement. In addition, notice of the request for proposal shall be published at least once in a newspaper of general circulation, which publication shall be made at least 10 days before the proposals are received. The district shall make every effort to generate the maximum feasible number of proposals from qualified sources and shall make a finding to that effect before proceeding to negotiate if only a single response to the request for proposal is received.

(2) The request for proposal shall identify significant evaluation factors, including price, and their relative importance.

(3) The district shall provide reasonable procedures for technical evaluation of the proposals received, identification of qualified sources, and selection for contract award.

(4) Award shall be made to the qualified bidder whose proposal will be most advantageous to the district with price and other factors considered. If award is not made to the bidder whose proposal contains the lowest price, the board shall make a finding setting forth the basis for the award.

(c) The board may reject any and all proposals and request new proposals at its discretion.

(d) A person who submits, or who plans to submit, a proposal may protest any acquisition conducted in accordance with this section as follows:

(1) Protests based on the content of the request for proposal shall be filed with the district within 10 calendar days after the request for proposal is first advertised in accordance with subdivision (b). The district shall issue a written decision on the protest prior to opening of proposals. A protest may be renewed by refiling the protest with the district within 15 calendar days after the mailing of the notice of the recommended award.

(2) Any bidder may protest the recommended award on any ground not based upon the content of the request for proposals by filing a protest with the district within 15 calendar days after the mailing of the notice of the recommended award.

(3) Any protest shall contain a full and complete written statement specifying in detail the grounds of the protest and the facts supporting the protest. Protestors shall have an opportunity to appear and be heard before the board prior to the opening of proposals in the case of protests based on the content of the request for proposals, prior to final award in the case of protests based on other grounds or the renewal of protests based on the content of the request for proposals.

(e) Where the district, through competitive negotiation, has entered into lease agreements for equipment of the type specified in subdivision (a) subsequent to December 1, 1980, the district may purchase the equipment directly from the lessor upon a finding by two-thirds of all members of the board that the purchase of that equipment in compliance with provisions of this code generally applicable to the purchase does not constitute a method of procurement adequate for the district’s needs.

(f) Provisions in any contract concerning women and minority business enterprises, which provisions are in accordance with the request for proposals, shall not be subject to negotiation with the successful bidder.

(Amended by Stats. 1992, Ch. 1178, Sec. 2. Effective January 1, 1993.)

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