Metrolinx’s Transit Procurement Initiative (TPI) has become one of North America’s most innovative transit procurement programs. TPI currently has 33 registered member transit agencies from across Ontario and has worked with them at various times since the program began in 2006 to build transit buses across five vehicle types including: 18-metre; 12-metre; 9-metre, and 8-metre low floor and high floor buses. This consolidation of municipal transit procurement has saved Ontario taxpayers an estimated $14.39 million in purchasing and administrative costs (as of March 31, 2015).
Metrolinx has leveraged this unique position to create one of the largest and most innovative joint transit procurement programs in North America, one driven entirely by voluntary participation. The success of this program has helped redefine how municipal authorities leverage transit financial purchases, from the actual buses to their service and repair. TPI supports Metrolinx’s mandate to act as the central procurement agency for local transit systems across Ontario (Metrolinx Act, 2006, s. 5(1)(b)).
Our collective expertise builds your fleet strength
Since the inception of the program with Ministry of Transportation of Ontario in 2006, through the transfer of the program to Metrolinx in 2008. TPI helps small, medium and large transit systems across the province save money. From the original six participating municipalities, the program has expanded to include thirty-three transit operators. Synergies are created by combining the experience and knowledge of bus fleet managers with vehicle specification, procurement and operational experts, creating a performance-based specification to maximize operational efficiency, increase purchasing power, decreasing capital and operational costs.
Although bottom line savings are a major objective, TPI provides a number of others such as:
- Enhanced quality control through in-plant inspection of buses
- Fairness Commissioner services to oversee the procurement process
- Independent Project Officer to develop technical specifications and administer the contract
- Evaluation Committee made up of transit participants
Metrolinx TPI program has been the recipient of numerous awards in the fields of Supply Chain and Innovation.
- The Supply Chain and Logistics Association of Canada President Award for the Transit Inventory Management Service (TIMS) of the Transit Procurement Initiative
- The Purchasing Management Association of Canada Award for Supply Chain Excellence for TIMS
- The Association of Municipalities of Ontario’s Peter J. Marshall Innovation Award for TIMS provided to all participants of the program
TPI coordinates the development of a performance-based specification which allows for bulk purchasing of various bus sizes, propulsion systems and parts, allowing transit systems to customize specifications for their needs.
Testimonials from current partners
"Kingston Transit placed its first bus order through a TPI joint procurement contract five years ago and we expect to remain a TPI Partner for years to come. By bringing multiple transit agencies together, TPI is able to positively influence manufacturer responsiveness to our needs and preferences."
- Robert (Bud) Steele, Manager of Fleet, Kingston Transit
"As a small transit agency that has recently joined the TPI joint procurement partnership, Quinte West has gained access to the technical expertise and purchasing power that develops when multiple transit agencies work together."
- Nadyne Mattis, Director of Operations, Quinte Access Transportation
"The Metrolinx joint procurement process eliminates duplication of efforts and enhances value for money through the combined input of senior technical staff of the participating transit agencies. This collaboration and sharing of knowledge and experience yields better value in base bus price, vehicle construction and warranty terms."
- Peter Chatoff, Deputy General Manager, Maintenance & Equipment, Durham Transit
"Why wouldn’t every small/medium transit property participate? It gives me purchasing power, consistent pricing, predictable delivery, specification expertise and access to technical and administrative resources."
- Gerry Decou, Fleet Manager, City of North Bay
"Truly a pristine process from start to finish. A process that exemplifies transparency, purchasing policy compliance, which is viewed as fair and equitable for all participants. A process that promotes knowledge based participants to share experiences and best practices with the end result being savings in budget dollars and staff time and resources, a win win for all participating municipalities."
- Doug Murray, Fleet Manager, Hamilton Street Railway (HSR)
"Transit Windsor looks forward to receiving delivery of our new buses and could not be happier with the joint procurement process that Metrolinx provides. By conducting these joint bus procurements, Metrolinx has helped Transit Windsor save money, eliminate duplicated efforts and acquire buses that meet the most current technical specifications."
- Tony Houad, Senior Manager, Fleet & Support Services, Transit Windsor
"Thank goodness for TPI! Small but growing municipalities like Milton always have difficulty procuring new, big ticket equipment in a cost-effective manner. TPI provides us an opportunity to share technical knowledge and purchasing power with other municipalities to ensure end product quality and support within a transparent procurement process.“
- Tony D'Alessandro, Coordinator, Transit, Engineering Services, Town of Milton