Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART) seeks unsolicited proposals that contribute new and innovative ideas consistent with the Agency's mission.
As a public entity, DART is obligated to act as a good steward of public funds. Laws and regulations require DART to seek full and open competition for most procurement opportunities. The Innovation Portal is intended to facilitate the proper timely receipt and evaluation of unsolicited proposals while preserving the integrity of the procurement process and conforming to applicable laws.
An innovative proposal is initiated by the proposer to obtain a procurement opportunity that is not submitted in response to a current, recent, or anticipated request for bids or proposals. The unsolicited proposal:
To be considered for evaluation, an innovative, unsolicited proposal must be in writing and sufficiently detailed for DART to determine the utility or benefit to DART. Basic information should include:
Prior to submitting an unsolicited proposal, the Proposer must visit DART Procurement's web site found at www.dart.org/procurement and:
Any submission to DART, including an innovative, unsolicited proposal, is subject to the Texas Open Records Act. Proposers shall clearly mark each page of the unsolicited proposal that contains trade secrets or any confidential, commercial, financial, or other information which the Proposer believes should not be disclosed outside of DART.
A DART Contracting Officer may commence negotiation to award a sole source contract or move forward with full and open competition through competitive bids or proposals for an unsolicited proposal only when the:
Submission of an unsolicited proposal does not guarantee award of a contract. There may be many process steps necessary once DART determines that an unsolicited proposal may be viable and of benefit to DART. For example:
An unsolicited proposal can be a valuable means for communicating innovative ideas, concepts, and solutions to DART. For example, DART may not be aware of a new and innovative product or service that may help improve a process or service, produce revenue, or reduce costs. By submitting an unsolicited proposal, a person or business might perform a public service and create a business opportunity at the same time. Even if DART elects to seek full and open competition, the Proposer is in a favorable position to compete for an opportunity that might otherwise not exist.
Yes. Even if the Unsolicited Proposal required no financial payment from DART, or if it produces revenue for DART, it may be subject to full and open competition. All potential costs to DART include time, resources, surplus materials, rights, or other resources whether tangible or intangible, must be considered in determining if full and open competition is required.
If you have any questions or need help, please contact DART Procurement at [email protected].(214)749-2701 (8:00am to 5:00pm CST, Monday-Friday) or send an email to
DART Procurement Department, Procurement Support, 1401 Pacific Avenue, Dallas, TX 75266-7235 | Fax 214-749-3666
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