Business & Community

Procurement Information

Metro's Procurement Department is responsible for procuring all goods and services required by the Agency. Our goal is to procure high-quality, low-cost goods and services in a timely manner. On an annual basis the Procurement Department issues over 11,000 new purchase orders totaling more than $150 million and administers over 150 distinct contracts.

The key contacts for the Procurement Departments are:

Larry B. Jackson, C.P.S.M.
V.P. - Procurement, Inventory Management & Supplier Diversity
Phone: 314-982-1560

Diane Wright, C.P.P.O., C.P.P.B.
Director of Procurement – Engineering, Construction, Service & Legal Contracting
Phone: 314-982-1493

Diana Hill, C.P.M.
Director of Procurement – Operations, Materials & Rolling Stock
Phone: 314-923-3084

Kathy Hunt
Director of Materials Management
Phone: 314-982-1400 x2100

Kelly Schneider
Manager, Procurement Support
Phone: 314-982-1400 x1635

How to do Business with Metro

The Bi-State Development Agency was established on September 20, 1949, by an interstate compact passed by the state legislatures of Illinois and Missouri, and approved by the governors of the two states.  The compact was approved by the United States Congress and signed by President Harry S. Truman on August 31, 1950.  The Agency services the City of St. Louis, Missouri, the Missouri counties of St. Louis, St. Charles, and Jefferson, and the Illinois counties of St. Clair and Monroe.  A ten-member Board of Commissioners administers the Agency.

On February 1, 2003, the Board of Commissioners approved the adoption of the Agency's name for doing business as Metro.

Metro is the St. Louis metropolitan area's public transit operator providing light rail, bus, and paratransit service.  The light rail system is 46 miles long with 37 stations.  Metro currently operates 395 buses, 65 light rail vehicles, 123 paratransit vans, 6 garage/maintenance facilities, and 1 headquarters building.  In addition, Metro also owns and operates the Business Enterprise group that includes the Gateway Riverboat Cruises, St. Louis Downtown Airport in Cahokia/Sauget, Illinois, and operates the Gateway Arch Tram and Arch Parking Garage for the National Park Service.

Metro promotes equal opportunity in all forms:  Affirmative action in employment and contract participation by disadvantages business enterprises.

Who We Are (Procurement)


Metro spends approximately $60 million annually for goods and services to operate and maintain its facilities, vehicles, and equipment.  An additional $50-$100 million annually is spent on its capital development program for light rail and bus system expansion and replacement.  Metro's Procurement Department procures all of the goods and services necessary to operate maintain Metro's facilities and continue Metro's capital development program.  Our goal is to procure high-qualtity, low-cost goods and services in a timely manner.

In compliance with the requirements of the Local, State, and Federal laws and regulations, Metro is dedicated to ensuring full and open competition and equitable treatment for all potential bidders/proposers during the procurement process (planning, solicitation, award, and administration of contracts).

Vendor Registration

Vendors who wish to participate in Metro's procurements can register for Metro's iSupplier program.  The use of this web-based system comes at no cost to you but you must have internet connectivity, have an e-mail address and be a registered user.  Once registered, you will be able to access real-time information on your Purchase Orders, query invoice statuses and payments, and view and quote on Metro's solicitations.  Additionally, you can select NAICS codes applicable to your business.  Then, when a solicitation is issued for an item or service selected you will receive an e-notification.

To register, go to the Current Opportunities window and scroll down to the iSupplier heading.  Instructions and links are available to assist you in registering.