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Disadvantaged Business Enterprise

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What is DBE?

Capital Metro has established a Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) program in accordance with regulations of the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT), 49 CFR Part 26.

The DBE program:

  • Ensures equal opportunity in transportation contracting markets.
  • Addresses the effects of discrimination in transportation contracting.
  • Promotes increased participation in federally funded contracts by small, socially and economically disadvantaged businesses, including minority and women-owned enterprises.

The statute requires that at least 10% of the amounts made available for any Federal-aid highway, mass transit, and transportation research and technology program be expended with certified DBEs.

It is Capital Metro's policy to:

  • Ensure non-discrimination in the award and administration of DOT-assisted and locally funded contracts.
  • Create a level playing field on which DBEs can compete fairly for DOT-assisted and locally funded contracts.
  • Ensure that the DBE program is narrowly tailored in accordance with applicable law.
  • Ensure that only firms that fully meet 49 CFR part 26 eligibility standards can participate as DBEs.
  • Help remove barriers to the participation of DBEs in DOT-assisted and locally funded contracts.
  • Assist the development of firms that can compete successfully in the marketplace outside the DBE program.

Federal Regulation, 49 CFR, Part 26, Subpart E, section 26.81 states that each state must implement a "one stop" certification process for Disadvantaged Business Enterprises (DBEs). Each entity receiving Department of Transportation (DOT) funds is required to enter into and sign an agreement establishing and supporting a Unified Certification Program (UCP) within the state.

In response to this mandate, six agencies have agreed to perform the certification of DBEs within the state of Texas under the Texas Unified Certification Program (TUCP). The six agencies are: Texas Department of Transportation, North Central Texas Regional Certification Agency, South Central Texas Regional Certification Agency, City of Houston, City of Austin and the Corpus Christi Regional Transportation Authority.

For more information about the U.S. Department of Transportation's Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) program, please click here.