Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) Program
The Division of Rail and Mass Transportation (DRMT) administers three Federal Transit Administration (FTA) funding programs. These programs are:
The FTA requires administering agencies, such as the DRMT, to ensure that recipients of Section 5310 and 5311 funds are in compliance with the U. S. Department of Transportation, Title 49 Code of Federal Regulation Part 26.
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DBE requirements apply to projects with contracting opportunities. Where no contracting opportunities exist, DBE requirements are not applicable.
Recipients of operating assistance and non-vehicle capital projects with contracting opportunities must meet the requirements of the federal DBE program as they pertain to local agencies. DBE requirements for vehicle projects are satisfied by the vehicle manufacturer and are not passed on to the subrecipient.
Important Note Regarding Operating Assistance: recipients using federal funds to pay a percentage of their net project cost are subject to DBE requirements for any purchase that is paid from the operating budget. This is also the case for preventive maintenance projects.
DBE Participation Contracts
The language contained in the page titled "Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE)" must be included the solicitation document. Recipient with contracting opportunities can find a listing of certified DBEs at the following: Find a Certified DBE Firm.
Recipients cannot rely on the California Department of Transportation's (Department) overall goal for their project.
Biannually, the Department must report DBE participation in its federal transit programs to the Federal Transit Administration. To this end, recipients with contracting opportunities must submit information regarding successful bidders and contract payments to DMT. Reporting forms with instructions for the Sections 5310 and 5311 programs are listed below:
- DBE Reporting Form Instructions (PDF)
- DBE Awards/Commitments and Actual Payments Reporting Forms (XLSX)
Getting Work on our Contracts
Interested parties may contact awarded sub-recipients to gain information about upcoming available work. This report is updated on a 2-3 year cycle. More information about the next cycle coming in January 2020
How do I
- Find a DBE Certified Firm
- Become DBE Certified
- Find Upcoming Events
- Find DBE Supportive Services
- Find Information about the Small Business Council